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vegan green chile queso

Vegan Green Chile Queso

  • Author: Chuck Underwood
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: appetizer, dip
  • Cuisine: vegan, mexican, plant-based


This Vegan Green Chile Queso is velvety smooth with just the right amount of spice.  Perfect for Nachos, Burritos, Enchiladas, Baked Potatoes or even Pizza!


  • 1/2 Onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric (for color)
  • 2 cups Cauliflower (riced)
  • 1/2 cup Raw Cashews (no soaking required!)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/4 cup Non-Dairy Yogurt (cashewgurt)
  • 1 can Fire Roasted Tomatoes (drained (15oz))
  • 8 oz Green Chiles (chopped (about 1 cup - adjust if using fresh))


  1. Saute diced onion in a little water or veg broth until softened
  2. Add garlic and stir until fragrant (about 30 seconds)
  3. Add paprika, salt, chili powder, cumin, and turmeric.  Stir and simmer 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add cauliflower, cashews, and water and simmer for 5 minutes or until cauliflower has softened
  5. Carefully pour into a blender and add lemon juice, vinegar, nutritional yeast, and yogurt
  6. Blend until silky smooth
  7. Pour back into the pan and add drained tomatoes and green chiles
  8. Simmer until bubbly.  Adjust spices if needed.

Keywords: green chile queso, vegan queso, vegan recipes