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Spicy + Smokey Dairy Free Queso (vegan, paleo)

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides


Easy vegan + paleo cashew queso! Spicy and smokey, with a kick from a roasted jalapeño! 


  • 1 cup of raw cashews, soaked in water overnight (or for at least 6 hours)
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/41/3 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • Dash of black pepper


  1. Soak cashews in filtered water for at least 6 hours. Drain and rinse cashews.
  2. Preheat oven to broil on high. Add your jalapeño to a baking dish, and broil for 4-7 minutes, until charred on both sides. Remove from oven and wrap in foil to steam for 4 minutes. Carefully remove skin, then slice off stem and remove all of the seeds.
  3. Add drained cashews, jalapeño, and remaining ingredients to a blender. Start with 1/4 cup filtered water, and add more as needed.
  4. Blend on high until super smooth and creamy.
  5. Serve immediately with chips or veggies, or store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 


If you would like to serve this warm, you can very gently heat it on the stove. Be careful not to overheat and scorch.