A bowl of vegan queso with some chips scattered around the bowl on the counter.

What I love about this vegan queso

This dairy free queso recipe is inspired by traditional Velveeta cheese dip, and it might just be the ultimate dairy free hack. It’s honestly so simple that I don’t even consider it a recipe, but I knew I had to share it with you.

We make it with store-bought pico de gallo, fresh cilantro and Daiya deluxe cheese sauce. We usually have pico and cilantro on hand for topping our favorite ground chicken tacos and scrambled eggs, and we almost always have the cheese sauce in our pantry.

I know the Daiya cheese sauce is a weird ingredient, and comes in little squeeze pouches, but if you look at the ingredients, it’s really not much different than regular dairy free cheese. Plus, it’s super convenient and pantry-friendly so we almost always have it.

Close up of a large bowl of vegan queso with a bowl of chopped cilantro, with chips surrounding the bowl on the counter.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make dairy free queso

A bunch of cilantro, a box of daiya dairy free cheeze sauce and a small container of pico de gallo all arranged in a vertical line.

How to make this vegan queso recipe

Microwave cheeze pouches. You will want to do this in a bowl of warm water for 30 second increments. This will help prevent the cheeze sauce from becoming dried out. Remove the pouches from the water and squeeze into a bowl.

Stir in your pico de gallo and cilantro. You should serve this right away while the cheese is nice and warm. Garnish with more pico de gallo and cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips.

A chip dipped in vegan queso with a bowl of vegan queso in the background.

FAQs and tips for making vegan queso

Is queso vegan?

Typically no, it is usually made with a cheese. This recipe is uses a simple swap of vegan cheese alternative to make it vegan.

Is Velveeta vegan?

No, although it does not seem quite like real cheese it does contain cheese and dairy products. The Daiya cheese used in this recipe is a great substitute!

Can you melt dairy free cheese?

Not all dairy free cheese alternatives will melt well or the same for that matter. Some melt great, like the one I used in this recipe.

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Vegan Queso

Made with only 3 ingredients, this super easy vegan queso recipe is the best. It’s one of our favorite late night snacks and it’s a great last minute dairy free appetizer.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican/American

Ingredients

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  • 2 pouches Daiya Cheddar Style Deluxe Cheeze Sauce

  • 1 cup pico de gallo (store-bought or homemade)

  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Place the cheese sauce in a medium bowl. Microwave for 30 second increments, stirring between to prevent the sauce from drying out.

  2. When the cheese sauce has reached your desired temperature, stir in pico de gallo and cilantro.

  3. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

Keywords: vegan queso, dairy free queso, vegan cheese dip, vegan queso recipe, vegan nacho cheese

Last Updated on November 15, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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