Best Vegan Queso (Ever) Recipe

This is the best vegan queso recipe ever. It’s easy and tastes so much like the real thing it should be illegal! With rich cashew cream and a touch of cheesy nutritional yeast, you’ll fall in love with this dairy-free vegan queso recipe. It’s paleo and Whole30, too, even low carb!

The best vegan queso recipe ever, it tastes so much like the real thing! Made with potatoes, cashews, and nutritional yeast, this magical combination does not taste dairy-free, paleo, or vegan. But it is!

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Servings: 12


1 cup boiled potato about 2 medium yellow or red potatoes, see note for strict paleo diets
4 garlic cloves peeled
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 cup raw cashews soaked overnight if not using a high-speed blender like a Vitamix
1 cup vegetable broth See Note if not vegan
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup coconut milk unsweetened, full fat, from a can
1 4-ounce can chopped mild chiles
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 4-ounce can chopped pickled jalapeños divided and drained (reserve juice)
1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno juice
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon tapioca starch Optional. For a gooier texture
dash turmeric Optional. For color
1-2 teaspoons salt
1 can tomatoes and green chiles like Rotel, drained. Optional
fresh cilantro chopped, if desired for garnish

Equipment Needed
high speed blender


  1. Combine everything except for 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapeños and can of tomatoes and chiles (Rotel) in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix. Including the 4-ounce can of green chiles. Start with 1 teaspoon salt. Blend until very smooth. READ MORE

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