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Nut Free Vegan Queso

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 4-6 cups 1x
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan


I love this recipe and I think you will too!  It is super good with a few dashes of green tabasco!


  • 3 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 4 cloves)
  • 4 Tbsp gluten free 1-1 all-purpose flour*
  • 1 3/42 cups unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 22 ½ cups vegetable stock
  • 5 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 4 Tbsp mild green chilis (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp green Tabasco
  • ½ Tbsp maple syrup or organic cane sugar


  1. Heat large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add butter and let it melt and start to sizzle – about 1 minute.
  2. Add minced garlic. Cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  3. Add flour 1 Tbsp at a time and whisk. (Don’t worry if it’s a little lumpy).
  4. Cook for 1 minute, then whisk in milk slowly. Stirring constantly.
  5. Add vegetable stock and whisk until smooth. Bring to a low boil.
  6. Add nutritional yeast, salt, cumin, chili powder, maple syrup, and green chilis, and tabasco, if using.
  7. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more nutritional yeast for extra cheesiness, salt or tabasco for savoriness, or sweetener for flavor balance.
  8. Garnish with red pepper flakes and fresh cilantro or pico de gallo. Enjoy with chips, or atop Mexican dishes, such as nachos, enchiladas, or tacos!
  9. Store leftovers in a glass jar or container in the refrigerator up to 4-5 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a small saucepan over medium heat. Best when fresh.


*Makes a great Queso dip!  You can use it in a crockpot but be sure to keep a cup of stock nearby so you can add to it as the dip may thicken with the heat.

Keywords: Queso, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, cheese

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