Vegan Queso Dip. GF.

Vegan queso dip.  Are you planning your menu for your Super Bowl party?  Or you attending a party & need a recipe to take with you?  We will having an intimate little party with lots of yummy food – just the way I like it.  This week I’m sharing recipes for the big day that won’t blow your fitness/healthy eating.  My recipes are all super easy and most of the time with ingredients you have stocked in your pantry.  This recipe is everything.

When you migrate over to a plant-based diet, the main thing I struggled with was the lack of cheese.  I’m not a dairy/milk fan, could care less about missing bacon or hamburgers but cheese?  Yes!  I missed it.  Thankfully nowadays there are so many incredible nut-based cheeses to curb the cravings.  This dip is a spin on a classic party dish – queso dip. This dip can be incorporated into a 7 layer dip or like this, served straight up with veggies, lentil or tortilla chips.  It has a lovely smokiness & a bit of spicy kick.  Perfect paired with a cold beer for football viewing!

1/2 cup of raw cashew pieces (soaked in warm water for 30-60 minutes)
1 c medium chunky salsa (I used store bought)
1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded or keep for extra heat
1 teaspoon of a hot sauce
2 tbl nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 pinch of salt


After you soak your cashews, drain & rinse.  Then add your ingredients into a high powered blender and blend on high (speed 10) for about 60 seconds. Spoon into a bowl & serve with your favorite chips or veggies.

Buy raw cashew pieces to save money.  


Sunday: 10.38 miles (Achieved 3 records on my newer Garmin Fenix 3 HR – fastest mile, fastest 5k and 10k plus a new Vo2 of 52!

Monday: 1h 20m strength training, kettle bell workout, functional moves for my knee recovery and stretching.

Tuesday: 8.01 miles at 8:39 pace.

Wednesday: 1h strength training at the gym. 25 minutes kettle bell training at home. Functional training. Shoulders/biceps/abs/hips focus for weights.

Thursday:  Today was the craziest run of all!  The best run I’ve had in a very long time with 3 new records again!  8.01 at 8:26 pace.  Fastest mile: 7:37 pace.  I also got a new Vo2 at 53!

One last thing!! I’m doing a giveaway for these limited release Valentine’s Day Pro Compression socks. To enter, check out my Instagram or leave a comment on this recipe. Open to U.S. residents only. Winner announced February 8th at 8 pm EST. Good luck!

— Knead to Cook

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  1. This sounds tasty! What heat level do you suggest in regards to the hot sauce? I’ve got quite a few and since this also has salsa and jalapeños, I was curious what you used. Thanks!

  2. Ooooh my this looks SO good! I can’t wait to try this and the buffalo tofu bites Sunday! Thanks for always sharing.. Ps will you be sharing the recipe for new chocolate muffin looking things you posted the other day?! Please :):)

  3. This queso looks incredible. And I already have most of the ingredients… just need a jalapeño. Those socks are super cute. Purple is also my favorite color. Thank you for sharing.