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Vegan Queso is the ultimate creamy and delicious vegan cheese sauce for nachos and much, much more! This vegan cashew queso dip is quick and easy to make, and is perfect for any party!

vegan queso served with nachos

Nachos & Movies

From snacking at home in front of the TV, to a savory indulgence at the cinema…tortilla chips & queso + watching the big screen are just some things that are meant to be together.

Not only does this popular movie snack taste so much better homemade, it can be made healthier and vegan too!

nachos dipping into vegan queso dip

Vegan Nacho Cheese

This cheese dip is the perfect plant-based party pleaser when served with tortilla chips.

Chip & dip stations are great for crowds! Serve the chips along with this vegan queso dip, red and green salsas, as well as toppings like black beans, jalapeños, fresh tomatoes, cilantro – the sky is the limit! You can keep the queso warm in a slow cooker set on the “warm’ setting (just add a little water if it gets too thick), but it also tastes great cold!

This vegan cashew queso is already packed with flavor so stick to plain tortilla chips.

vegan nacho cheese sauce in a small bowl

Can I use this Vegan Queso Dip For Other Recipes?

Yes, Absolutely! Vegan Cashew Queso can be used in so many ways!

Here are a few ideas:

  • Wraps
  • Burritos
  • Tacos
  • Taco Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Quesadillas
  • Pasta
  • Roasted vegetables

How To Make “Cheese” Sauce Vegan?

It’s SO quick and easy! The main ingredients for vegan cheese sauce are raw cashew nuts and nutritional yeast flakes. You don’t even need to add vegan cheese!

First of all, you’ll need to soak the cashews in boiling water for at least 15 minutes. Sometimes, in recipes using cashews, you can skip this step, but I highly recommended it here so that the sauce becomes super smooth and creamy. Soaking raw cashew nuts also makes it easier to blend if you don’t have a high-speed blender, but rather a more affordable model.

Then you’ll add the nutritional yeast flakes and a few spices to give it a cheesy taste, and blend it all together. Then hey presto, you have queso!

If you have tried this recipe and can’t get enough of this cheese sauce, you should definitely try this Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese.

a hand dipping a tortilla chip into vegan queso

How To Make This Vegan Queso Recipe

→ Check out the recipe video! You can see how to make this vegan queso dip in less than a minute!

The exact quantities and everything else you need to know for the recipe can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Pour boiling water over cashew nuts and soak for 15 minutes. Then drain well.
  • Put all ingredients in a blender (or food processor) and blend until you have a creamy cheese sauce.
  • Garnish the vegan cheese sauce with pickled jalapeños and cilantro, and serve with tortilla chips. I also like to top it with diced tomatoes and green chiles.
vegan cashew queso served with nachos, jalapenos, and cilantro

Recipe FAQ

Can I serve this cheese sauce warm? Absolutely, just like in the movies. =) It tastes very good served cold or warm.

How do I heat it up? In the microwave or in a small pot. The sauce thickens very quickly when heated, so just add some water until it reaches the desired consistency. This cheese sauce should be slightly thick and not too watery.

How long does the cheese dip last for? It can be stored in an airtight glass container for a good 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

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nachos dipping into vegan queso dip

Vegan Queso

Vegan Queso is the ultimate creamy and delicious vegan cheese sauce for nachos and much, much more! This vegan cashew queso dip is quick and easy to make, and is perfect for any party!
Author : Aline Cueni
4.60 from 10 votes

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Prep Time :5 minutes
Cashew Soak Time :15 minutes
Total Time :20 minutes
Servings : 8
Calories : 99kcal



  • Soak the cashew nuts for 15 minutes in boiling water and drain afterward.
  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy.
  • Serving Suggestions: Garnish the vegan queso with pickled jalapeños and cilantro to serve with nachos or use it for any other recipe.


  • Serve Warm: Heat the vegan queso in a microwave or in a small saucepan (add some water if it gets too thick) if you prefer to serve it warm.
  • Keeps Fresh: For 4-5 days in the refrigerator.
  • Goes Well: With nachos, burritos, tacos, sandwiches.


Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow, I just made this and it’s hands-down the best vegan cheese sauce I have ever made!

    1. My dear Christina, thank you so much for your kind words! 🙏💕 So glad you like my vegan queso recipe so much!

  2. 5 stars
    This is so good. I use it for enchiladas, tacos, tostadas. Also on top of veggies and potatoes. So delicious.

    1. Hi Debbie, I am so glad you like it that much! 💜 It does very well with all kinds of Mexican food! Thank you for letting me know.

  3. Yum!! Just made this for the second time. So good! Would it be weird to add lime or lemon?

    1. So happy to hear that, Alyssa. Add a few splashes of freshly squeezed lime if you like, doesn’t sound weird at all. 😁