This Vegan Queso Dip is made with butternut squash and cashews. It is sweet, spicy, creamy and “cheesy”. All you need to do is to blend all the ingredients until smooth and enjoy with your favorite chips or crackers. It makes the best party appetizer for your friends and family.

A plate of vegan queso made with cashews and butternut squash. Served with tortilla chips.

Get ready to make the most simple and delicious dairy free queso dip!

What is not to love about a warm melty cheesy queso dip?

You won’t believe my version of queso is made with butternut squash and cashews, and with no conventional cheese in this recipe.

I love a god dip that goes with a light cripsy and salty chip.

Even better, I love using it to spice up a plain meal.

Either it’s hummus, salsa, or cashew cheese, you name it. I love them all.

I decided to make a savory twist of my all-time favorite Vegan Mac n “Cheese” recipe last fall.

Make this sweet and creamy sauce a little more salty and spicy. Dip with some crunchy tortilla chips or pita bread.

Hea-Ven.

Que-SO now you know why I am in love with this Vegan Cheese Queso Recipe.

A bowl of vegan queso made with cashews and butternut squash. Served with a plate of tortilla chips.

Why I love Vegan Cheese Nacho Dip

I don’t know how to make traditional queso, but this cashew queso has the best texture and flavor if you ask me.

The butternut squash adds a little bit of sweetness and extra silky texture. And the cashews provides a thick and creamy texture that is just like the traditional melted cheese dip.

It is super easy to make. There is no fuss in chopping anything up. All you need is to chuck all the ingredients in one bledner.

Pulse and done.

A bowl of vegan queso made with cashews and butternut squash. Served with a plate of tortilla chips.

Tip: I highly recommend using a high-speed blender if you have one. I have tried this recipe in my Cusinart food processor and Vitamix Blender.

And the Vitamix results in a much creamier texture.

You can soak raw cashew in warm water with a pinch of salt overnight.

Then you will end up with a creamier queso texture.

Ingredients for Cashew Queso Dip

Ingredients for the vegan queso.

Cashews is the main ingredient for this recipe. It creates the perfect creamy and silky texture when blended in a high-speed blender, similar to melted cheese.

Butternut Squash is my fun twist to this recipe. It adds sweetness and extra creaminess to the mix. Additionally, it provides the yellow color to make it look like the traditional queso.

Nutritional yeast adds a cheesy flavor.

Taco Seasoning is often made of chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. It gives this dip recipe all the flavors, spicy, smoky, salty and more.

Lemon brings out the brightness and gives it a little tangy taste.

Canned Green Chili provides a huge roasted pepper flavor. Some can be spicy. I recommend blending half a can of green chili in the queso mix. Then you can mix in more or less of it after depending on your taste preference.

Milk of your choice: You can use any dairy free milk you prefer.

How to Make Vegan Queso Dip

It is much easier to make this queso sauce than it looks.

First, soak raw cashews with hot water and a pinch of salt for an hour. This process with softening the cashews. Therefore, the queso will come out much creamier.

And Get Dipping!

Tip: If you like CHUNKY queso, do not blend the green chilies. Fold it after all the other ingredients are blended together.

How to Serve This Creamy Queso

A bowl of vegan queso made with cashews and butternut squash. Served with a plate of tortilla chips.

1. The best Queso Dip for tortilla chips

2. Southwest Salad Bowl

3. Vegan Chipotle Burrito Bowl

4. Vegan Nachos

The sky is unlimited when it comes to how you can use this vegan cheese queso dip!

Now scroll down to check the full recipe and get dipping. This sweet and spicy, creamy and cheesy vegan queso sauce is the best healthy appetizer to bring to your next gathering.

Ooo also I look forward to seeing your creations! You can use “Tried it” on Pinterest or share on Instagram by tagging #shuangyseats

A bowl of vegan queso made with cashews and butternut squash. Served with a plate of tortilla chips.

A bowl of creamy vegan queso in the middle of a pile of gluten-free tortilla chips

Get the recipe:Vegan Queso Dip {Made with Cashews}

This Vegan Queso Dip is made with butternut squash and cashews. It is sweet, spicy, creamy and "cheesy".
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight if not using a high speed blender
  • 1/2 cup cubed butternut squash, roasted or steamed
  • 1 can 4 oz green chilie, divided
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup dairy free milk

Additional Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp salsa, optional
  • salt, to taste

Instructions 

  • Soak raw cashews with hot water and a pinch of salt for an hour for extra creamy texture.
  • Pulse all the ingredients, and only half of the green chiles together until smooth
  • Fold in the rest of green chilies and salsa (optional). Adjust due to your spicy level you like.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 100kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 267mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g

The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.