Sometimes you just want queso. Am I right? The creamy gooey down right delicious mixture that is queso. So, why should we have to give that yumminess up when we give up cheese and other dairy products? You shouldn't! Being plant-based doesn't mean boring or lacking in flavor. It means embracing the amazingness of good wholesome ingredients, and getting creative when we want some tasty every now and again treats; like, queso!
Plus, it's the perfect appetizer for an event, or when your just craving some downright comfort food, that isn't all that bad for you. My roommate who is neither vegan, nor health conscious whatsoever, just ate half a batch all by himself, and said he would have eaten it all if he didn't have to share. Hehe. So, indulge in this creamy goodness and enjoy. In moderation, of course! 🙂
- 2 Tbsp non-dairy butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 serrano pepper, chopped (sub jalapeno for milder spice)
- 4 Tbsp arrowroot powder (sub flour)
- 1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk, unsweetened
- 5 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp sea salt, ground
- 1/4 tsp cumin, ground
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
- Cilantro, chopped
- Heat large saucepan with butter over medium heat. Once butter starts to sizzle, add minced garlic and serrano pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently so that garlic doesn't burn.
- Add arrowroot powder 1 Tbsp at a time and stir/whisk until powder dissolves. Once you add the last tablespoon the mixture should be slightly thick.
- Now stir/whisk in non-dairy milk ½ cup at a time. It may still have clumps, but that's okay. Mix as well as you can (you will blend in a blender later). Add 1/4 cup diced tomatoes (no need to drain liquid if using canned tomatoes it will add to the flavor)! Cook for 1-2 more minutes.
- Transfer to high speed blender/food processor. Add nutritional yeast, salt, and cumin. Blend on high until creamy and smooth. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the rest of the diced tomatoes (1/4 cup). Top with cilantro and serve immediately. Can be reheated, but best when fresh!
- Add more non-dairy milk if the consistency is too thick. Vice versa more arrowroot powder/flour can be used to thicken.