Need vegan queso and need it fast? Look no further! This recipe requires just 7 ingredients, 5 minutes, and 1 blender. Let’s do this!
This recipe was born out of pure necessity. Some friends were over one night and we ordered Mexican food and I needed some queso STAT. So, I figured blending up some cashews with hot water would work. Guess what? It totally did.
Typically I like to soak my cashews before blending, but in a pinch this little trick totally works! Because sometimes you just need queso and you need it right now — you feel me?
This queso is comprised of raw cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic, spices, water, and a little hot sauce or harissa paste blended to creamy perfection. That’s it!
You can make it spicier, cheesier, or more garlicky to taste — the options are endless.
We hope you love our new quick, go-to queso! It’s:
Smoky and spicy
& Incredibly delicious
If you’re into queso, be sure to check out our Butternut Squash Bowl with Jalapeño Queso, Roasted Jalapeño Vegan Queso, Best Damn Vegan Nachos, Cashew-less Vegan Queso, and our Black Bean Plantain Enchilada Bake!
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5-Minute Vegan Cashew Queso
Creamy vegan queso ready in just 5 minutes! Cheesy, quick and easy to make, and perfect for serving with nachos, burrito bowls, tacos, and more!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 6 (1/4-cup servings)
Gluten-Free, Mexican-Inspired, Vegan
Does it keep?
Add all ingredients to a blender (starting with the lesser amount of water) and blend until creamy, adding more water as needed to blend until creamy and smooth. We recommend a small blender (we prefer the NutriBullet), or a high-speed blender. Add just enough water to achieve a creamy, pourable queso. If it gets too thin, thicken with additional raw cashews.
Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more nutritional yeast for cheesiness, salt to taste, cumin for smokiness, chili powder or harissa for heat, or garlic for zing. It should be quite flavorful, so don’t be shy.
Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. To thaw from frozen, set in refrigerator for 24-48 hours. Reheat in microwave or in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add more water as needed if it thickens when reheating.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 (1/4-cup) serving calculated without additional garnish, chips for dipping, or other sides.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 6)
- Calories: 133
- Fat: 9g
- Saturated fat: 1g
- Sodium: 237mg
- Potassium: 209mg
- Carbohydrates: 8g
- Fiber: 1g
- Sugar: 1g
- Protein: 5g
- Vitamin A: 3%
- Vitamin C: 0.7%
- Calcium: 0.8%
- Iron: 9.9%