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tortilla chip dipped in vegan queso with tomatoes and cilantro on top
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5 Ingredient Vegan Queso

Irresistibly creamy 5 Ingredient Vegan Queso will be the appetizer or snack of your dreams! Whip up this tasty Tex Mex vegan cheese dip in just 10 minutes. All you need is a blender and 5 easy ingredients!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Nora Taylor


  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked in hot water for at least 5 minutes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice; from about 2 small lemons
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 28 ounce canned Ro-tel tomatoes and green chiles
  • optional fresh chopped cilantro and a few diced tomatoes, for serving


  • Soak the cashews for at least 5 minutes in boiling hot water. I do this by heating water up in my tea kettle, then pouring it over the top of the cashews to cover. You can also boil in a small pot for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the soaked cashews and add them to a high powered blender along with the water, lemon juice, salt and nutritional yeast. Drain the juice from the tomatoes and green chiles and add the liquid to the blender as well (don't add the tomatoes and green chiles yet). Blend on high for a few minutes until very smooth. 
  • Add the cheese sauce and the Rotel tomatoes and green chiles to a medium pot. Stir well and warm gently over low-medium heat. Be careful not to burn the queso; stir frequently while warming. The mixture will thicken slightly, and you can add a little water if needed for a thinner texture.
  • Sprinkle with optional chopped cilantro and tomatoes and serve warm with tortilla chips. Enjoy!



  1. Cashew allergy? Raw slivered almonds may work here, but if you can't have any nuts, try making my Nut Free Vegan Cheese Sauce, and add Ro-tel tomatoes and green chiles.
  2. I can usually find the 28 oz cans of Ro-tel tomatoes/green chiles but if you can only find the 10 oz cans, that is fine. Simple use 3 of them, but don't add quite all the chunks of tomatoes. Or do for a chunkier sauce! If you don't have Ro-Tol brand, another brand of diced tomatoes with green chiles will work fine.
  3. For a fresher alternative to canned tomatoes and chiles, in a small pan sauté a small onion, a red bell peppers, 1-2 jalapeños that have beed seeded and diced and even a few cloves of garlic. Once sautéed, add to the final cheese sauce in the pot, or blend in for flavor and a smooth queso. You will have to add a little more water to blend though.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 3mg