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Queso Blanco Mexican Cheese Dip (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

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Queso-Blanco-Mexican-Cheese-Dip2One can never have enough “cheese” recipes in their arsenal.   My husband is a snacker, more like a grazer, so I like to keep the kitchen stocked with raw treats  that he can indulge on whenever the mood strikes.

This dip can be used in so many ways; dip your veggies in it, pour over lightly steamed veggies, dip your chips or crackers, eat it with a  spoon (sheepishly looks away), spread it on a wrap or sandwich or or or…. I used a can of green chillies for this recipes.  If you are 100% raw you can use raw, fresh chillies, diced or just omit them.  But they do add a nice flavor to this yummy cheese dip.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Many blessings, amie sue

Ingredients:

yields approx. 2 cups

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked 2 hours
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped orange or red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1/4 cup cold-pressed olive oil (optional)
  • 1/4 cup canned green chillies or minced jalepones

Queso-Blanco-Mexican-Cheese-Dip4Preparation:

  1. Place the cashews in a glass bowl, along with 4 cups of water.
    • Soak for at least 2 hours. Read more about why (here).
    • The soaking process will help reduce phytic acid, which will aid in digestion.
    • The soaking also softens the cashews so they blend nice and creamy.
    • After the cashews are through soaking, drain and rinse.
  2. In a high-speed blender combine the cashews, bell pepper, nutritional yeast, salt, garlic, turmeric, onion powder, and mustard powder.  Blend until smooth and creamy.
    • Make sure that you don’t feel any grit when you rub some of the batter between your fingers.  If you do, keep blending. This may take up to 5 minutes.  It depends on the blender!
  3. Once the “cheese” sauce is smooth, while the blender is running, drizzle in the olive oil.  Don’t over-mix, just blend until combined.
    • You can omit the oil for a firmer cheese dip.
  4. Hand mix in the chillies.
  5. Store in a glass, air-tight container for up to a week.

Substitutions:

One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage.  Daily I get questions regarding substitutions.  Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe.    I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family.  I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item.  Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient.   Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself.   So have fun, don’t be afraid,  and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.

Fun gift idea:  Jar up single servings of crackers and cheese.
It doesn’t even need to be for a gift… single servings are fun to
grab and go.  Or are perfect for game night.

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11 thoughts on “Queso Blanco Mexican Cheese Dip (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

  1. Harmony says:

    I just love your recipes!
    But I must ask…please tell me are those some raw version of chips?

    • amie-sue says:

      This is a reply to both of you Kathleen and Harmony… I have YET to find a raw corn chip recipe that I LOVE. I have made many but they haven’t met my standards. haha I am not giving up though. Corn chips are a staple for my husband and I want him to ea raw ones! :) Have a great evening, amie sue

  2. Kathleen says:

    Do you have a recipe for the corn chips to accompany the Mexican cheese dip? I’ve made your spicy flax and cheese nip crackers and they both received raves. Will definitely make the Queso Blanco.

    Thank you for the great recipes!

    Kathleen

  3. Jamie says:

    Just made this, and it is so tastey! Im new to raw, and this is a lovely transition food along with the corn nachos Mmmm. Although, I do feel really naughty eating it, even though it is so healthy and nutritious. Thank you :-)

    • amie-sue says:

      Wonderful Jamie! I am so glad that you enjoyed it. Don’t feel naughty though, ok well maybe a little. hehe Enjoy and have a wonderful day, amie sue

  4. Cara says:

    This looks delicious! I just picked up the ingredients today to make it. Did you know there are organic canned diced green chiles on the market? http://www.shoporganic.com/product/la-preferida-organic-diced-green-chiles/organic-canned-vegetables
    shopOrganic is a Tucson business so locals can buy online and pick up instead of paying shipping. I dont know if anyone else in town carries these, they’re brand new.
    For chips, I make these http://www.welikeitraw.com/rawfood/2006/11/soft_corn_torti.html in rounds then cut them into chips when I flip them.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Cara,
      Thanks for the heads up on the organic chiles. More and more the market is catching on!! Thanks for the links on the chips. Corn chips have always been a tricky thing for my husband to like. He thinks many of the raw ones have a bitter taste to them. I will keep trying though..love a mission. Have a blessed day! amie sue

    • Cara says:

      Just want to follow up and say that I made this recipe and it is amazing. The taste and texture are so reminiscent of real dairy queso – I let it warm up just a little bit in the Vitamix and with fresh chips right out of the dehydrator, this felt like a big ole ‘cheat’!

      • amie-sue says:

        So happy to hear that you enjoyed it Cara. Don’t think of it as a cheat though…just eaten’ good. :) Have a great evening, amie sue

  5. Joey says:

    Oh wow! This is soo good! It’s my first nut “cheese” and I’m blown away. My mother stopped by right after I finished making it. She tasted it and was blown away too! (and she’s S.A.D. all the way!)

    • amie-sue says:

      That is wonderful Joey!! So happy to hear that you and your mother enjoyed it. It is a staple in our home. Thank you for sharing. amie sue

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