Snacks

July 5, 2021

Easy Vegan Queso

Easy Vegan Queso is super thick and creamy – you’d never know it’s filled with veggies! This cheesy dip is a delicious plant-based snack.

Easy Vegan Queso

This queso is such a perfect example of a ‘secret veggie’ recipe. Your friends or kids or guests will just be snacking away at this queso dip and they’ll never notice that it’s made of potatoes, carrots, and other whole foods. In my opinion, this is the best kind of plant-based recipe, when the dish is just tasty and you don’t even have to think about the fact that it’s also healthy.

The best part is that the veggies in this recipe make the dip sooo thick. The creamy potatoes create such a smooth, velvety texture. Perfect for queso.

Potatoes in queso?! YES. Friends, this queso is so tasty, and literally so easy to make. You’ll throw the veggies in the oven to soften them up, and then toss all the ingredients into a blender or food processor. Take everything out of the food processor and serve – the queso will still be warm and fresh. YUM!

Easy Vegan Queso

Recipe Features

  • Dietary needs — this easy vegan queso is oil-free, dairy-free, plant-based, gluten-free, and sugar-free
  • Perfect snack — this dip is quick and easy to make and can be whipped out for a quick and healthy snack, best enjoyed with chips or veggies
  • Thick & cheesy — this plan-based queso is everything you want in a cheesy dip

Ingredients

  • Yukon Gold Potatoes: Potatoes create a beautiful soft and smooth texture. Yukon Gold potatoes specifically are super creamy – you’ll often find them used in mashed potato recipes. For the creamiest results I recommend using Yukon Golds.
  • Carrots: Carrots also contribute to the soft texture. They also add some color, to make the dip appear more like a traditional cheesy color.
  • Quick Oats: Oats add some thickness to the dip, so it’s more than just a vegetable puree.
  • Nutritional Yeast: I wouldn’t be a vegan cheese recipe without nooch. Nutritional yeast is known for it’s cheesy flavor and is the main source of cheesy goodness in this recipe.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch is a great thickener. It helps bind all the ingredients together to create that classic sticky cheese texture. See my note below about proper preparation and storage when using cornstarch.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: A bit of acid creates some bite in the flavor.
  • Sriracha: I like to add some spice to add some depth of flavor. Don’t worry if you’re not a big spicy person – it doesn’t make the dip spicy.
  • Cumin: For an earthy flavor.
  • Salt: To enhance all the other flavors.
  • Boiling Water: Boiling water brings everything together. It activates the cornstarch. You’ll notice when you add it to the mixture the dip will immediately start to thicken.

Easy Vegan Queso

How to make Easy Vegan Queso

Step 1. Chop the carrots and potatoes. Roast at 400 for 20-30 minutes.

Step 2. Add roasted potatoes and carrots, oat flour, nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar, sriracha, cumin, and salt to a food processor. Blend until completely smooth and creamy, adding the water slowly.

Step 3. Taste and adjust spice and salt as desired. Serve and enjoy!

Preparation and Storage

This queso is pretty easy to make, but I don’t recommend making it ahead of time. For best results, make this queso right before you intend to serve it.

This queso has cornstarch. As I mentioned above, the cornstarch helps create that super thick, creamy, sticky, cheesy texture. When the cornstarch sits in the queso in the refrigerator it creates an even thicker texture. This results in an uber thick dip. If you plan to prep the queso ahead of time or want to store leftovers for later I recommend omitting the cornstarch.

Easy Vegan Queso

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for foods that make us feel good and help us to gather and grow closer together. Amen.

Related Recipes

Love dipping? Try these other plant-based dip recipes next:

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Easy Vegan Queso

Easy Vegan Queso is super thick and creamy – you’d never know it’s filled with veggies! This cheesy dip is a delicious plant-based snack.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

16

Prep:

15

min

cook:

20

min

total:

35

min

Ingredients

  • 3 Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 2 Large Carrots
  • 1/2 Cup Quick Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/4 Cup Boiling Water

Instructions

  1. Chop the carrots and potatoes. Roast at 400 for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Add roasted potatoes and carrots, oat flour, nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar, sriracha, cumin, and salt to a food processor. Blend until completely smooth and creamy, adding the water slowly.
  3. Taste and adjust spice and salt as desired. Serve and enjoy!

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September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography