This Vegan Green Chili Cashew Queso is Creamy, Cheesy, has a hint of spice and made with just 3 ingredients.
Growing up in South Texas, I ate A LOT of Queso! Especially in my college days where I pretty much lived off of Mexican fast food.
I've played around with several different Cashew Queso recipes and finally found The One!
Cashews, a can of Green Chilies, Nutritional Yeast, Hot Water, and chips for dipping.
Cashews- I tested the recipe with both Raw Cashews and Roasted/Salted Cashews. I really wanted to make sure this recipe was versatile in using both types of cashews.
Green Chilies- These are the small 4 oz can of fire roasted Green Chilies. I used mild since my kiddos would be eating it. If you want the queso to be spicy, add some diced jalapeno.
Nutritional Yeast- To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of nutritional yeast. Most of the recipes I tried used quite a bit of it, and I found it too overpowering. For me the perfect balance was just a tablespoon to mimic the flavor of cheese.
Those are the 3 main ingredients you'll need along with a cup of Hot Water.
How to Blend
I highly recommend using a high-powered blender to achieve a creamy smooth texture. If you don't have one then you'll need to soak the cashews for a few hours or overnight in cool water.
Place everything in the blender and blend until a smooth sauce forms. Keep in mind that it will look runny.
The magic happens when you warm it in a skillet and keep stirring till a creamy queso forms.
How to Store and Reheat
Serve the queso warm with chips or use it as a topping for nachos, tacos, burrito bowls, or just about anything! Add some roasted corn for an Elote Dip.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge up to 5 days.
To reheat, place in skillet over medium low heat until warmed through, stirring constantly. Or in a microwave dish for 20 seconds, stir, then add another 20 seconds until heated through.
Vegan Green Chili Cashew Queso
- ½ Cup Cashews Raw or Roasted
- 1 Cup Hot Water
- 4 ouce Green Chilies I used Mild
- 1 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
- Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until a smooth sauce is formed. It will look thin and watery.
- Pour blended Cashew queso into a skillet over medium heat and stir constantly until queso thickens. This takes a couple minutes.
- Serve warm with chips, nachos, or on top your favorite Mexican Dish.
Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Can I use Mac nut instead of cashews? I have a couple bags of Mac nut and almond flour ( 100% nuts no additives) and would like to use it in something.. thanks in advance
Hi Mandy- I haven't tried it with macadamia nuts, but the texture should be similar. If you need to use them up, then give it a try! If you need to use up Almond Flour- Try this recipe for blender banana muffins. You can also replace the oats with all almond flour, I've made them that way before.
What can you replace the nutritional yeast with??
Nutritional Yeast gives a cheese like flavor without any dairy. If you can tolerate dairy, then you can try grated parmesan cheese.