Vegan Queso


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Vegan Queso

I’ve made this queso for years! I don’t know where this recipe came from, it’s something we made at the fire station and has been a staple of mine ever since.
Course Spreads, Dips, Sauces, and Dressings
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Kids, Nut-Free, Party, Soy-Free, Tex-Mex
Author Cindy Thompson, MS, NBC-HWC | Trimazing! Health & Lifestyle Coaching


  • ½ Cup raw cashews or uncooked old-fashioned oats for a lower fat and nut-free version (or a combination, say half cashews/half oats)
  • 1 Cup vegetable stock
  • ½ Cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ Cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or salsa. Use tomato paste if you don't want it spicy.
  • 2 oz tomato paste or more adobo or salsa
  • 1 clove garlic


  • Add all ingredients into a blender. Bring the blender to high speed until smooth. 
  • If you have a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix, just keep the blender running on high until the sauce gets steamy and thick, about 5 minutes. If using a regular blender, pour blended mixture into a saucepan, bring to a boil, and simmer until thick.


This sauce works fabulously in mac and cheeze, and can be made without adobo if you don’t want a Tex-Mex style queso sauce.
You can make adobo sauce if you don't want to buy a can of chipotle peppers. Here's the recipe:

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  1. Sherron Karaboitis on October 11, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    Just made this sauce after listening to you on the Plantstrong podcast!! I have never tried queso but man is this ever delicious!! Thank you!!

    • Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Health & Lifestyle Coaching on October 11, 2022 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you, Sherron! I’m so happy you enjoyed the queso.

  2. Chava on November 17, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Cindy
    Can you post the oat recipe for the queso?

    • Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Health & Lifestyle Coaching on November 18, 2022 at 10:11 am

      It’s right in the recipe. In the line item for cashews it includes using old-fashioned oats instead of cashews. Enjoy!

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