Vegan queso dip with hand dipping a chip in.

Best Vegan Queso

The absolute BEST Vegan Queso made with cashews, non-dairy yogurt, salsa, green chiles, tomatoes and zero nutritional yeast! This queso is dairy-free, oil-free and delicious!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican, Vegan
Keyword best vegan queso, vegan queso cheese, vegan queso recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 1/2 cups
Calories 224 kcal
Author Brandi Doming


  • 1 cup (150g) raw unsalted cashews* (see NOTES at bottom regarding sub)
  • 1 cup (240g) medium heat runny/not too chunky salsa (I used Pace Picante)
  • 3/4 cup (180g) PLAIN dairy-free yogurt (I used SO Delicious "Unsweetened" Plain coconut yogurt but Soy will work too, but it's slightly sweeter)
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) white distilled vinegar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 oz can diced green chiles (use half or the whole can)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • Optional: sliced jalapenos and cilantro


  • If you do not have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, then you will need to soak your cashews overnight in a bowl of water, drain, rinse and proceed. Otherwise, the cheese will be gritty. OR, you can sub the cashews with equal gram amount (150g) RAW oil-free cashew butter.


  • Using a medium heat salsa here will give a nice kick of spiciness. If you are serving this to kids or prefer mild, then sub with a mild salsa.
  • I use this scale.


  1. If wanting to make my oil-free chips, make those first. See the bottom of the directions.
  2. Add all of the ingredients (except the chiles and tomatoes) to a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix. If using the soaked cashews, then a food processor tends to work better to smooth out sauces, versus a blender that is not very powerful. Blend a couple of minutes until 100% smooth. After blending, stir in the green chiles and tomatoes, but do not blend. I used the whole can of chiles but you can use less if you prefer.
  3. Add the sauce to a pot and heat it over medium-low just for about 5 minutes, whisking constantly, until it slightly thickens. Be careful about overheating it or it will make it chunky.
  4. Top with sliced jalapenos or cilantro if desired and serve right away. It will get a bit thicker as it sits and overnight in the fridge, so just give it a good stir.
  5. This sauce is excellent as a dip at a party or over burritos or nachos!

Oil-free Chips: Preheat your oven to 400°F and line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper. Cut your tortillas into 4ths. Spread them out evenly and brush lightly with lemon juice and season with salt. Bake for 8-10 mins or until they are getting crisp. Watch closely towards the end so they don't burn. Let them cool and crisp up.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Best Vegan Queso
Amount Per Serving (120 grams)
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 140
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.5g24%
Sodium 844mg37%
Carbohydrates 20.3g7%
Fiber 3.7g15%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 4.8g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.