Your Favorite White Queso

It was taco night in the Thiele household and I was determined to make our ordinary tacos into something amazing. Since we are mostly dairy free in our house, a nice, creamy, savory white cheese dip just sounded so good. Ya know, the kind you get the you go out for date night at your favorite Mexican joint? Oh I could just taste it! So I experimented and perfected this delicious recipe! I was inspired from a few different recipes from Pinterest but ultimately decided that tweaking it for my taste just ended up better.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…
Oh but before I post them, I just want to say that I really love how nutrient dense this recipe is. And it DOES NOT used Nutritional Yeast which I know some people don’t care for its taste. You’ll see the secret ingredient below and what makes it so smooth and delicious….

Your Favorite White Queso
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan)

1 white potato boiled and cooled
3/4 cup of soaked cashews (Soak for at least 30 minutes if using a high powered blender or overnight if not)
4 garlic cloves roasted for 5 minutes under the broiler
1.5 cups of veggie broth
1 can of full fat coconut milk (from the can)
1/2 cup jarred mild pickled jalapeños
1 tablespoon pickled jalapeño juice from your jar above
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp of hot sauce of choice
1.5 tsp pink salt
After you boil your potato, you are going to add all of your ingredients (except the jalapeños) into a blender. Blend for a few minutes until everything is nice, smooth, and creamy. Add in your jalapeños and pulse or blend just for a few seconds so some of them are just chopped. Pour into a pot over medium heat and heat up, stirring consistently, for a few minutes until steaming and thick. Thats it! It makes a huge amount-I didn’t measure it but I would say at least 3-4 cups worth. Serve with your favorite veggies or tortilla chips! Our new favorite brand is pictured below, called Siete. They are grain free and totally delicious! The perfect chip for dipping!

Kids and adults alike will love this dairy free dip! I served it at a playgroup this morning and it was gobbled up. It should last in your fridge, tightly sealed for a few days.

Potatoes: White potatoes get a bad rap but they are actually really nutrient dense. They are a big source of vitamin B6 and potassium which we need for all of our muscle function and nervous system. Potatoes also contain a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity. Among these important health-promoting compounds are carotenoids, flavonoids, and caffeic acid, as well as unique tuber storage proteins, such as patatin, which exhibit activity against free radicals.

(Recipe adapted from here)