If you’re laying off dairy but can’t imagine game day without a bowl of queso, this is the recipe for you! Cashew cream is lightened up with pureed cauliflower and a small amount of carrot for extra veggie-based creaminess and color. The result, while certainly distinguishable from the real thing, is perfectly satisfying. As an added bonus, it’s accidentally gluten-free and intentionally low fat!

Queso Dip [Vegan]



  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 3/4 cup cauliflower
  • 1 ounce carrot
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 6 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1/4 cup onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • Ground chipotle pepper, to taste
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles, well drained


  1. Pour boiling water over the cashews and let sit at least 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place cauliflower and carrot in a large bowl, add 1/4 cup water, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Microwave for 10 minutes. (Alternatively, if you don't have a microwave, you can boil the vegetables until tender.)
  3. Drain cashews. Add soaked cashews, cauliflower, carrot, almond milk, vegetable broth, chipotle peppers, mustard, vinegar, garlic, and nutritional yeast to a blender. Puree until smooth.
  4. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and spray with olive oil. Add onions and saute, stirring, until softened and translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Pour almond milk mixture into the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add salt, cumin and black pepper and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in diced tomatoes and adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy.

Nutritional Information

Calories 84 Total Fat 3.9g Saturated Fat 0.7g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 178mg Potassium 357mg Total Carbohydrates 8.9g Dietary Fiber 3.0g Sugars 2.2g Protein 5.1g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.