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Vegan Jalapeno Queso Dip
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Vegan Jalapeno Queso Dip

This is the best dairy-free Jalapeno Queso dip for game day or any day
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword cashews, dairy-free, dip, easy, holiday, holidays, queso, snack, spicy, vegan
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea



  • 1 cup cashews, soaked
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast + 2 Tbsps!
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground yellow mustard
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup Almond milk (You can use your favorite plant-based milk!)


  • 1 cup chunky medium salsa (You can use your favorite one!)
  • Fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Sliced jalapeños



  • Add cashews to a bowl or measuring cup, cover with fresh cold water and cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temp overnight. If soaking for 3-4 hours, add cashews to measuring cup and cover with boiling water instead. Drain and rinse.


  • Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until completely smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Add additional salt, to taste.
  • NOTE: If you want a thinner consistency for the Queso, add additional milk.
  • You can either add the Queso to a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring it until it begins to bubble----to serve it warm or serve it immediately after it's blended.
  • To serve, add to a bowl and top with salsa (gently spreading it atop the Queso in a circular motion), sliced jalapeños, and chopped cilantro. Enjoy with your favorite tortilla chips, over nachos, burrito bowls, in quesadillas, etc.
  • Bon Appetit!


  • STORAGE: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When serving, either enjoy cold or heated.
  • MAKE AHEAD: You can make the Queso ahead of time (unheated) and store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator prior to serving. When serving, either enjoy cold or heated. Prep topping ingredients and store them in separate airtight containers until ready to assemble.