How to Use Vegan Queso

How to Use Vegan Queso In Your Favorite Recipes

What better way to demonstrate some self-care than with a cheesy, spicy, dreamy queso dip? Whether you’re pulling together a plate of epic nachos, dipping fries, or making it a taco night, vegan queso is your go-to BFF for all things cheesy.

What Is Queso?

Spanish for “cheese,” queso is a bit more than your average cheese. Typically it’s more like the consistency of a cheese sauce, minus the macaroni. Only, queso is spiced up with a bit of pepper, onion, and cumin.

You can DIY your own vegan queso with your favorite store-bought vegan cheese shreds (try a dairy-free cheddar or pepper jack), a bit of your favorite non-dairy milk, and a big dollop of vegan butter to make it saucy and creamy. Mix all together over low heat, add your spices, and let it get to that consistency you love. Then let the pouring, dipping, and dripping begin.

Not into making your own queso? That’s okay! Plenty of vegan ready-made brands are now on the market, too. Check your local grocer for jarred options like Siete or Mother Raw. There may be local options in your area, too to explore.

How to Use Vegan Queso
Photo by Hermes Rivera 

7-Layer Dip

You need:
Warmed Queso
Prepared guacamole
Vegan sour cream
Prepared guacamole
Black olives
Green onions

Instructions: Layer a few spoonfuls of each ingredient into a cup or bowl. Serve with your favorite chips or veggies.

Vegan Queso Recipes
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Nacho Mom’s Black Beans & Rice

You need:
Vegan Queso
Rice (brown or white)
1 can of black beans
1 Ripe avocado
Vegan sour cream


  • 1. Cook rice or heat leftover rice
  • 2. Mix rice with the desired amount of heated queso
  • 3. Open and rinse a can of black beans
  • 4. Top the rice mixture with beans, avocado slices, and vegan sour cream

More Ways to Enjoy Vegan Queso

Add to any of the following dishes:

  • Nachos
  • Tacos
  • Burritos
  • Baked potatoes and fries
  • Raw or cooked vegetables
  • Veggie burgers, dogs or nuggets
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Quesadillas
  • Fajitas
  • Soups or chili
  • Sandwiches or wraps
  • Enchiladas, lasagna or any pasta

Looking for more vegan cheesy recipes? Check out this guide.


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