Easy Vegan Queso Dip Recipe
Happy New Year veggies, aspiring veggies, part-time veggies, and new veggies of 2016! I’m hoping that this year, more and more people will make the switch to vegetarian or vegan.
I was talking to some vegan friends during the Holidays about how much easier it is becoming to be a vegan in this world. There are so many great vegan options, mock meats, and substitutes for pretty much everything…. and it only gets better every year!
One of my favorite mock meat companies is Gardein. They have a ton of great tasting options – everything from beefless tips and veggie crumbles to faux chicken tenders, fishless filets and even holiday roasts.
I use the Beefless Grounds a lot for tacos. They taste delicious right out of the package. Just thaw in a skillet for a few minutes, throw in a tortilla with your favorite toppings, and eat. No need for seasonings… they’re just that good! I also use them for spaghetti and stuffed shells (I’ll post a recipe soon, promise!), and this Vegan Queso Dip. They’re so good that people are surprised when I tell them that they’re vegan!
Companies like Gardein have made it so easy to leave meat off the plate. And, it can be found in most grocery stores such as Kroger, Scotts, Owens, Walmart, Meijer, and even Target! Thank you Gardein. Because I love you so much, I wrote you a little poem….
Ode to Gardein
You’re the chicken in my Cordon Bleu,
the Beefless Tips in my Mexican Stew.
The burger when I want to grill,
the protein in my meatless meal.
Vegan meatballs, crumbles, and barbecue wings,
no need to eat animals when you’ve got these things.
Plus they’re good and cruelty-free
the way a meal ought to be.
So thank you Gardein for such great food
and being easy to find in my neighborhood!
Now, back to the regularly scheduled recipe….
I’ve came up with this recipe a few years ago and tacked it on as a variation to my Vegan Macaroni and Cheese recipe. However, it’s been getting so much love that I thought it deserved it’s own page.
I make this for family potlucks and my Mexican non-veg family scarfs it down… sometimes while we’re waiting for the rest of the meal to be made. I made this for some non-veg friends one night and it received rave reviews. One even said “this is better than Velveeta!” Although, for me, it’s not hard to think something’s better than Velveeta, I took it as a great complement! Especially since I used to make queso dip using Velveeta cheese. My neighbor loved it so much that she made it for a work carry-in. She sent me a text that day and said that her co-workers were loving the dip!. I took this queso dip to a New Year’s Eve party and walked into the kitchen to a non-veg chowing down on the dip and telling someone that “this dip is amazing!”
So, I may be biased… but I think this is definitely the best vegan queso recipe. Other recipes out there use diaya cheese and way too much nutritional yeast – I’m really not a fan of either. Mine uses cashews and just a small amount of nutritional yeast for the cheese sauce, the same sauce I use to make my vegan macaroni & cheese.
This dip can be made and eaten the next day. It keeps really good for 3-4 days in the fridge. And, it can be put in a crockpot to take to a potluck. Just be sure to keep it on the lowest setting to avoid scorching it to the bottom or turning it into lava!
1 batch of vegan cheese sauce
1/2 pound vegan veggie crumbles or 1/2 package of Gardein’s Beefless Crumbles
1/2 package of taco seasoning. I use Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix
1/2 cup water
1 jar of your favorite salsa. I like On the Border Mild Salsa
In sauce pan, make cheese sauce according to directions.
In separate sauce pan, combine water and taco seasoning. Add veggie crumbles and cook on medium-high until most of liquid is absorbed. Once cheese sauce is thickened, add taco “meat” and salsa to cheese sauce and stir to combine. Heat and eat with chips! Great on nachos too!