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overhead shot of vegan cauliflower queso with sliced jalapeno, cilantro, tortilla chips, and bell peppers

Vegan Cauliflower Queso

  • Author: Ellie
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, Snack
  • Method: Oven, Blender
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This Vegan Cauliflower Queso is a dairy free version of your favorite cheesy dip! Made with roasted cauliflower, diced green chiles, spices, and nutritional yeast for that “cheesy” flavor. It’s super creamy, and even more delicious! Perfect for snacking on with chips, or drizzled over salads and burrito bowls!



5 cups cauliflower florets (1 medium head of cauliflower)

6 cloves garlic, whole and peeled

1 medium yellow onion, sliced

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons, divided – (I love Trader Joe’s)!

1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 4 hours or overnight

1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk or vegetable broth

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

24 oz cans diced green chiles

1/2 cup water

Optional toppings: sliced jalapeño, fresh cilantro, finely chopped red onion, cherry tomatoes

Serve with tortilla chips and bell peppers.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the cauliflower, garlic, and onions on baking sheet, making sure the veggies are in a single layer. If your veggies overlap, spread between two sheets. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons taco seasoning. Toss to coat.
Roast until golden and tender, about 30 minutes, tossing once halfway through.
Transfer the roasted vegetables to a blender, and add in the soaked cashews, vegetable broth, nutritional yeast, salt, and remaining 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning. Blend until very smooth, adding water a few tablespoons at a time as needed to reach your desired consistency. (I added about 1/2 cup water for a very thick queso.)
Transfer to a saucepan and heat over medium until warm. Stir in the drained chiles. Taste and add salt of additional taco seasoning if desired.
Serve in a bowl as a dip or drizzle over chips with your desired toppings for nachos!

Keywords: queso, taco, vegan