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bowl of cashew queso topped with tomatoes and cilantro surrounded by chips
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10 Minute Cashew 'Queso'

Cashew queso is a rich and creamy vegan dip that is bursting with cheesy flavor. Ready in 10 minutes, it's gluten-free, dairy-free, and meal prep friendly.
Prep Time5 mins
soak5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 103kcal



  • 1 cup raw cashews 154 g; see note 1
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast see note 2
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

To serve

  • fresh tomatoes
  • cilantro
  • chips or crackers for dipping


  • Soak- Soak cashews in boiling water for 5 min.
    raw cashews soaking
  • Blend- Add the soaked cashews plus liquid to the blender with the nutritional yeast, garlic, salt, cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder. Blend for 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides halfway through.
    ingredients for cashew queso in blender before blending
  • Serve- Top with chopped tomatoes and cilantro, and serve with tortilla chips or crackers.
    cashew queso in blender after blending



Note - nutrition calculations do not include toppings (cilantro, tomatoes) or corn chips for serving.
  1. this recipe calls for raw cashews; we have not tested with roasted cashews or alternative nuts, though raw almonds might work as an alternative
  2. nutritional yeast is found in the natural foods section of the grocery store
  3. nutritional information is for ⅛ of the batch
  • Fridge - store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days
  • Freeze - in an airtight container for up to 3 months
  • Thaw - completely in the fridge overnight
  • Reheat - in the microwave if desired, or serve chilled


Serving: 0.125batch ; see note 3 | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg