Best Vegan Mexican White Cheese Queso Recipe

This Best Vegan Mexican White Cheese Queso Recipe is a creamy vegan dip ready in 5 minutes with only 5 ingredients. Vegan Queso Blanco is best served with tortilla chips or it can be poured nacho style over chips. Pour this spreadable homemade queso dip over your favorite vegan burritos. There’s a reason it’s called the best queso recipe! Find out for yourself and make this quick, creamy, and nut-free vegan cheese sauce today

Vegan Cheese Dip is surrounded by tortilla chips and ready to serve

I have been a fan of the dip ever since I was young enough to say it.

I don’t know when a word like “dip” first falls from a toddler’s mouth, but I have a theory. Most of us start with sounds like “dada” and everyone thinks we’re calling out to our dads. Sure, that’s what the men in the world want us to believe. But I know better!

I think these little tikes are actually trying to say the word “dip” but it just comes out funny. That’s just how strong our desire is to take a triangular piece of fried cornmeal and dip it into a creamy sauce.

It’s biological, people. We can’t argue with that!

A hand holds a tortilla chip full of vegan queso dip. Below it is the rest of the bowl of the dip and more tortilla chips.
Make this Easy Queso Recipe and serve it with chips.

This is the best Queso Recipe! Why? Because making Vegan Queso Dip is super easy! It takes around 5 minutes to make this delicious, creamy sauce ready for dipping. Of course, you can pour it too — as in pouring it over some nachos, or vegan enchiladas, or over a delicious Vegan Burrito. Should I go on?

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Vegan cream cheese
  • Old El Paso Mild Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
  • Nutritional yeast flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt

How to Make Vegan Queso

If you’re wondering how to make queso dip, you’ve come to the right place. Some vegan queso recipes will call for a lot of ingredients, including nuts. However, it’s really easy to make my vegan queso fresco dip.

Step One: Microwave Queso

You can make this tasty vegan cheese dip in a saucepan, but I go for an even simpler process — I call it microwave queso. Simply place the vegan cream cheese in a microwave-safe serving bowl, cover it, and heat it up in 10-second increments until soft and spreadable.

A collage of photos showing the simple steps for making this dip, with the final shot showing the final dip in the bowl.

Step Two: Add Other Ingredients

Next, add the enchilada sauce. Stir to combine.

Then add the nutritional yeast flakes, garlic powder, and salt to taste. Stir this all together and voila! You’re done!

What is Queso?

Queso is basically a Mexican cheese sauce. It may be hard to imagine making that into a dairy-free cheese dip, but this recipe is proof that it’s not only possible but delicious!

Keto Queso

If you’re focused on carbs, you’ll love this vegan keto queso! Here are the nutritional estimates per serving:

Calories: 144 Carbs: 9g Protein: 5g Fiber: 4g Net Carbs: 5g

Marly’s Tips

Use these tips and tricks to make this vegetarian queso dip perfect every time:

  • I used Tofutti’s dairy-free cream cheese. I can find this at health food stores, at Sprouts, and even in the health food section of my local grocery store
  • Some other good vegan cream cheese options include Daiya and Trader Joe’s. Be sure to buy the plain variety (not flavored)
  • If you can’t find any of these available, you can make a homemade cashew cream cheese by soaking 1 cup cashews for 4–8 hours, then drain the liquid, and add them to a high-speed blender or food processor with 1–2 tablespoons lemon juice. Pulse until smooth (you may need to add a little more water to help them pulse). Add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt. This may not be as thick as store-bought vegan cream cheese, but it will work.
  • If you want a thicker queso cheese dip, try using half of the can of green chili enchilada sauce

What I Love About Vegan Queso Blanco

You’ve probably seen lots of nacho cheese recipes. I even have a Sweet Potato Nacho Cheese recipe that I love. However, this Vegan Queso Dip recipe is a blanco (white) cheese dip. It’s a new addition to my favorite queso recipes! It’s also part of my go-to tasty comfort foods.

When my daughter tried it, she said it tasted just like the Queso Sauce at a local Mexican restaurant. [Insert a pleased grin on her mother’s face here.]

Well, that’s like my version of an academy award. I close my eyes and for a brief second imagine myself going up to accept my award in front of a cheering crowd. “I’d like to thank everyone who tasted and loved that Vegan Queso Dip as much as we did. It was a labor of love. Sure, it was only 10 minutes, but, well, you know, it was heartfelt.”

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A bowl holds vegan queso dip with chopped cilantro. It's sitting next to tortilla chips and a bright blue stemmed glass is behind it.
Chips and Queso is a perfect afternoon or party snack!

That’s it for this tasty queso sauce recipe!

Vegan Cheese Dip is surrounded by tortilla chips and ready to serve

Vegan Queso Dip

This is a simple Vegan Queso Dip recipe with only 5 ingredients and ready in 5 minutes (or less)! Serve it as a dip or pour over nachos or your favorite bean burritos.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Namely Marly


  • 8 oz package vegan cream cheese
  • 10 oz can of Old El Paso Mild Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt to taste


  • Scoop the vegan cream cheese into a microwave save bowl and microwave for about 11 seconds. Remove and stir and repeat until the sauce is smooth and stirs easily.
  • Pour the green chile enchilada sauce over the melted cream cheese. Stir to combine.
  • Add the nutritional yeast flakes and garlic powder. Stir until everything is combined. Add salt to taste.
  • Serve with tortilla chips as a dip or pour over chips (for nachos).

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I use Tofutti’s vegan cream cheese, but Daiya and/or Trader Joe’s Vegan Cream Cheese will work too.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Queso Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 556mg23%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


20 Responses to Best Vegan Mexican White Cheese Queso Recipe

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTidyMom Reply

    oh how I love a good queso dip!!!!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Cheryl! I think we must be soul sisters because I love queso dip so much too!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAbby @ The Frosted Vegan Reply

    I love when people say ‘this is vegan?’ too! I’ve come to think it’s just one step in the direction of showing people that vegan food is delicious too!!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      It’s so true – it’s really fun how surprised people can be to see how delicious vegan food can be!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJenni Reply

    Wowie, ma’am! This looks delicious! I think maybe “dip” *was* one of my first words. =)

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      See? I knew it!! All I can say is bring on the queso dip!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLauren @ Healthy Delicious Reply

    I can’t wait to try this! I’ve been staying away from dairy for the past 6 months or so and cheese dip is the one thing i miss the most. This looks so easy, too!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I hope you love it as much as we do! I’m gonna be making some more this weekend!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyChad Reply

    I made this last night for a get together with some friends and everyone loved it. You would never know it was vegan. I’m doing a 21 day cleanse where I am only eating whole foods and no alcohol. This is going in my “keeper recipes”.

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyNicollette D Reply

    Wow! This looks amazing; I can’t wait to try it. I’m only sorry it took me two weeks to discover this post!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyQuen Black Reply

    I made this today and it was delish!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Awesome, Quen! So glad you liked it. 🙂

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyNancy Lawson Reply

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I made it for a party at a friend’s house, and it was a hit. All the people there were vegan, and one is gluten-free, so it was so great to come across this very easy and quick recipe!. Since a 15-ounce can of Hatch enchilada sauce was what I had on hand, I used that and added a little vegan sour cream to the cream cheese mixture to make up for the fact that there was a little more sauce. All my friends want the recipe, so I will send it to them. 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Nancy! I’m so glad you and your friends enjoyed this queso recipe! I think it’s important to have a go-to dip recipe that’s easy to take to parties. It makes the party fun! ❤️

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyExotic Fruits Reply

    Another scrumptious recipe! I made it today with spicy jalapeno slices (I like heat). I can see using this not only as a dip, but also over taco or burrito bowls (stashed some dip in the freezer for that). Super creamy. I also tried it over macaroni noodles. Wow. It’s gonna be a new fav!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      You and I are two seeds in a hot jalapeño! I like it spicy too! In fact, I keep my bottle of sriracha handy most of the time because my hubby doesn’t like things so spicy and that way I can cook it all bland for him and add the kick to mine. 🙂 Love your idea of adding jalapeños to this vegan queso dip!

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMikkel Sutorius Reply

    Hi Marly,
    Any idea if this queso dip freezes well or how long it lasts in the fridge? Thanks for sharing this fab recipe! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Mikkel! I have frozen this vegan queso recipe before and it works just fine. I have refrigerated it for up to 5 days at a time. And if it’s in a sealed container it stays fresh and tasty!

  11. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlychristine Reply

    OMG–so good…such a great option. I can’t eat dairy but was going to pay the consequences anyway but I found this recipe–I had some veganise on hand and got the enchalada sauce and it was great!!!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Christine! I feel like we are two peas in a pod, because I love this recipe too. I love pouring it over veggie burritos, tacos, or even just serving it with tortilla chips. So creamy good!

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