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Vegan Queso Recipe-Blendtec

Vegan Queso Recipe

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This vegan "cheese" dip is a cinch to make - just throw everything in your Blendtec and let it do the work! Eat this vegan queso as a dip or make nachos by pouring this over chips with beans, pico de gallo, olives, jalapenos and guacamole.

Total time:  03 M 
Servings:  6
Calories:  100


  • 8 fl. oz. water
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1/3 cup cashews raw & unsalted
  • 1/3 cup almonds raw & unsalted
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 3 oz.
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 410mg
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Protein: 5g


  1. Add all ingredients to jar in order listed and secure lid.
  2. Run on "Soup" or "Hot" or "90" cycle twice or blend on a high speed for 180 seconds.

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  • Made the vegan cheese tonight. My son thought it was cheddar cheese. My younger didn’t think it looked right so he didn’t try it but my mom loved it. I’ll have to experiment with the nutritional yeast and maybe I’ll use Rotel in it. Thanks for giving me a starting place.

    Desiree on

  • Do the cashews and almonds need to be soaked first?

    Keli on

  • I’m vegetarian and trying to be vegan..this recipe just perfect ! Tomorrow my blender arrive…can’t wait to try.

    Yvonne Brilhart on

  • No, they can go in raw!

    Blendtec on

  • They will powder up at first, but keep blending and scraping the sides. The oils will start to release and help to make it into a thick paste. There are some great recipes on here that give more ideas :)

    Shellbells on

  • Awesome! Did you get Twister jar? It is perfect for nut butters :)

    Shellbells on

  • Wildside jar?

    Lynn on

  • I did! Can’t wait to start making my nut butters.

    Julie on

  • What is nutritional yeast?

    Cami on

  • Yes, it will work in both the WildSide+ and FourSide jars. Happy blending!

    Blendtec on

  • Ok Ok….Embarrassed to ask as I am a veteran smoothie maker. What is nutritional yeast? Anxious to try this with my Wild Side. Thanks.

    TJ on

  • Thank you so much LinzA for your knowledge. I’ll find it!

    TJ on

  • It’s like a powder that you can buy at health-food stores. It’s used in a lot of vegan recipes and has kind of a cheesy, nutty flavor.

    LinzA on

  • This is amazing! My girlfriend and I got the recipe email & tried it the same night! We did the high speed for 180 seconds. I am excited to try it on soup twice to see if the consistency changes. It would be great for broccoli as well, nutritional yeast is my fav! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

    RawTonian on

  • Be sure to get nutritional yeast; not brewer’s or baking. And I prefer the flakes; seem to measure more accurately to recipes and easy to work with. Great on buttered popcorn with chili powder and salt.

    flightphysician on

  • #FTW

    RawTonian on

  • You can put it on salads as well! Super amazing god flakes! It has minerals, fiber, B vitamins, protein…

    and tons of benefits:

    BRAGG is the best!

    RawTonian on

  • If you haven’t tried nutritional yeast (aka "nooch" in the vegan world) don’t give up after the first try. For me it was an acquired taste, and I had to try several brands before I found one I like, which I order on Amazon since my local store doesn’t stock it. It was worth it to find the brand I like — it’s a very versatile flavor enhancer. Many vegans say it tastes like cheese — for me it doesn’t, but does add a nice umami touch to many recipes.

    Helen on

  • What is the brand you prefer?

    Terrie on

  • With kidney disease no nuts/sodium are allowed….what can I substitute

    Carol on

  • We’re thrilled you enjoyed this recipe as much as we do! Thanks for letting us know. :)

    Blendtec on

  • The nuts are essential to this recipe so, unfortunately, there aren’t any substitutes. You can check out our Amazing Vegan Cheese Sauce which doesn’t have nuts: http://www.blendtec.com/rec… However, it will be difficult to find any "cheese" recipes without sodium.

    Blendtec on

  • I did not realize that different brands had different flavor profiles. So far I have only tried one and it’s ok, but not something I’m crazy about (yet). Thanks for the info!

    MamaChrisNow on

  • Are you allowed seeds? Maybe raw, unsalted sunflower seeds could be a possible sub? My husband has food allergies including nuts, so I use sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds as a sub a lot. It definitely has a very different flavor than nuts, so that’s important to consider.

    MamaChrisNow on

  • I’ve always used Brewers yeast for these cheeses. I’m curious why does it have to be nutritional yeast, what’s the difference?

    Kari on

  • Good point to mention avoiding different kids of active yeasts. That could get real bad, real fast!

    MamaChrisNow on

  • This recipe is also really good with about 1/4-1/2 tsp of smoked paprika! :)

    Michelle Wickline on

  • You can make an amazing "cheese sauce" with carrots and potatoes, chef Mark Anthony has a really yummy one. www.chefmarkanthony.com, he use to work in las vegas as a chef to celebrities, but now he’s a Christian and has become a vegan, he came to my church and cooked, and that’s where I tasted the sauce.

    Melo on

  • I had trouble finding roasted red peppers and don’t have time to make my own, so used diced jalepenos and green chilies and it is great. Next time I’m using soy milk; it came out a little thin.

    flightphysician on

  • I never knew what it was before trying this recipe either. But my local grocery Store Winco had in their bins, which was great in case I didn’t like the recipe.

    Debbie LaBolle on

  • I just used fresh red bell pepper. It worked great and tasted amazing.

    Debbie LaBolle on

  • Check with your doctor on that. Raw, unsalted nuts are a good source of protein. Don’t know your specific situation, but I think someone may have confused the salted nuts with ANY nuts. Most nuts can be bought in bulk at a health food store in the unsalted form.

    flightphysician on

  • Unbelievably good!!! This was so easy to make, and tastes like cheese. I love it, and will whip this recipe up when I am having friends over too!

    Rosiview on

  • No need to soak the cashews but the almonds truly make all the difference in consistency. They thicken it up a bit! Glad you enjoyed the taste despite how thin it was. Make sure to check out our Amazing Vegan Cheese Sauce, it’s divine!

    Blendtec on

  • Just made this tonight!! Tastes delicious but the consistency way wayyyy too thin. :( I followed the recipe for the most part, but didn’t have any almonds so I used more cashews. Was I supposed to soak the cashews first?! Thanks!! Excited to try more of your vegan recipes!! :)

    Jacky on

  • We have an older Blendtec so I started by using boiling water and letting the nuts soak a few minutes to soften them up a bit. Then added all the other ingredient and blended on the "fresh juice" mode twice. Strained it so the sauce would be smooth and both my husband and my son thought this was delicious "cheese" sauce on their broccoli tonight. They have no idea there was no cheese in it!

    Daisy on

  • My baby grandson is dairy intolerant Prior to finding out Mac n cheese was one of his favourites. Since discovering this recipe he can now have it again and this sauce is one of his favourites. Mum and Dad can get him to eat all his veg etc with addition of this Thank you so much (we also love it btw) Jacki Edinburgh

    Jacki Morgan on

  • Needs to be thicker. I substituted soy milk for 1/2 of the water (1/2 c + 1/2 c). Next time I will also up the nuts to 1/2 c each.

    flightphysician on

  • This looks delicious, I can’t wait to get my blender. I am replacing my V blender as it just can’t handle making peanut butter, I love to make my own nut butters but have a really hard time with current blender.

    Julie on

  • We’re so happy to hear that your grandson loves it! Thanks for sharing. Have a happy day!

    Blendtec on

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