It’s fall here in the South and that can only mean two things: College Football and Food. And there’s no better Game Day food than cheese dip, so I thought would share my favorite plant-based queso recipe. But, if football is not your thing you can still have the dip. I mean, who really needs a reason for cheese dip?
I’ve tried several different vegan nacho recipes over the last several years and they were usually hit or miss. Some good, some not so good. But, once I discovered how to make cheese dip with cashews…GAME CHANGER! I never looked back.
Soaked cashews are the perfect base for this dip because they become thick and creamy when blended, just like everyone’s favorite processed “cheese” dip.
This recipe is super simple because there’s only a few ingredients and most are just spices.
The one ingredient you may not be very familiar with is Nutritional Yeast, or “Nooch”. Learn it. Live it. Love it. It’s where the cheese flavor comes from and it’s also super nutritious. This stuff is loaded with B-vitamins and is a must-have for any plant-based kitchen.
You’re probably thinking, “But, it’s not real cheese”, well, neither is the big block that comes in the yellow box. But, the good news is this one is actually healthy, it just doesn’t taste healthy. Winner, winner, queso for dinner!
I’m pretty sure this dip is going to rock your world. It’s everything you want in a cheese dip: smooth, creamy, cheesy, rich, full of flavor, and healthy.
If you try my Simple Game Day Cheese Dip, and I hope you will, be sure and let me know! Leave a comment below and be sure to take a picture and tag it #shaneandsimple on Instagram because I want to see it. Peace and feast!
Game Day Cheese Dip
Yield 8 servings
A delicious, healthy, and cheesy plant-based queso made from cashews. This cheese dip gives you the cheese fix you desire without sacrificing taste or your health. It’s made with cashews and a few spices. That’s it! No dairy or processed ingredients.
- 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for at least 30 mins.)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika (optional); I like it because it adds a smoky flavor.
- If you don't have a Vitamix or high-speed blender, soak your cashews for 20-30 mins. and they will soften. It will make them creamier as they are blended.
- Put all ingredients, EXCEPT SALSA, into a blender and process until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into bowl, add salsa, and enjoy!
- If you want, you can warm this in a small sauce pan on low to low-medium heat. Stir regularly so it doesn't burn. It will thicken even more as it heats up.
Nutritional Yeast can be purchased in almost any health food store and it's usually found in the bulk section. But, many grocery stores are carrying it now as well. I have provided a link in the ingredient section where you can purchase on Amazon, but just for the record, I'm not an getting paid for it. You can also purchase by clicking HERE.
To give this queso a little "kick", add a few jalapenos to your mixture at the end. You can also add a teaspoon of smoked paprika for added flavor.
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