5 from 2 votes
A small white bowl of Homemade Vegan Queso dip surrounded by a piles of tortilla chips sprinkled with cilantro.
Homemade Vegan Queso
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Vegan Queso - this nacho dip is creamy and "cheesy", but dairy free, oil free, and made from whole foods. Grab a bag of tortilla chips and get to dipping!

Course: Appetizer, Dip, Snack
Cuisine: dairy free, egg free, gluten free, oil free, soy free, vegan
Keyword: healthy queso, queso recipes, vegan nacho cheese
Servings: 8
Calories: 68 kcal
Author: Jenn Sebestyen
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed butternut squash (peeled and seeded before cutting into cubes - or you can buy a package of pre-cut squash)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 3-4 tbsp non-dairy milk (or water)
  • 1/4 cup your favorite salsa (I like Trader Joe's Salsa Authentica)
  • 1 4.5 oz can diced green chiles
  1. Add the cubed butternut squash and cashews to a pot and cover with water by at least an inch. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to med, and simmer for about 20 minutes until the squash is fork tender.

  2. When the squash/cashews are done, drain and pour into a high speed blender.

  3. Add the lemon juice, smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, salt, and turmeric. Blend until completely smooth, adding the non-dairy milk (or water) 1 tbsp at a time to get things moving if needed. You'll need to use the tamper to push the ingredients to the bottom. Don't make it too thin! Use just enough liquid to get it all blended. I used about 3-4 tbsp.

  4. Once it's completely smooth, pour the mixture into a pot (you can use the same one you used for the squash/cashews) and stir in the salsa and diced green chiles.* Gently heat the queso over medium heat until thick and bubbly.**

  5. Serve immediately with Tortilla Chips.

Recipe Notes

*Alternately, you can add the salsa and green chiles to the blender with the other ingredients. I like my queso to be a little bit chunky, so I just stir them in.

**This queso is good cold as well, but I prefer it warm.



Nutrition Facts
Homemade Vegan Queso
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 206mg9%
Potassium 97mg3%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2900IU58%
Vitamin C 20.6mg25%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.