For a long time I’ve been wanting to make a cauliflower-based dip; especially after Taryn’s broccoli and cauliflower soup came out so well. I’ve know for a while that cauliflower puree is basically like a thick cream, so I’ve always figured that if I added some spices and extra flavors to it, I could really turn it into a super tasty dip for chips, vegetables, etc… So, the other day I decided to try making a cauliflower queso, and it came out great!
It definitely has a mild cauliflower flavor to it, but other than that, it tastes a lot like real queso. Part of the reason for that is because a while back I figured out that if you add a little masa to your vegan cheeses and sauces, it creates a nacho-like flavor. I also used a lot of other traditional Mexican ingredients, like jalapeno, chili powder, and paprika to help recreate that classic chili con queso flavor; and I even added some tapioca starch to give it a little gooeyness and stretchiness.
This probably isn’t the best way to create a totally realistic vegan queso, but it’s gotta be one of the healthiest ways. Most of the ingredients are just fresh veggies, herbs, and spices. I only used a small amount of starch and really tiny amount of oil, which is totally optional.
Another thing I like about this queso is that you can use it for more than just a dip. It’s great in burritos and tacos; you can put it on sandwiches and burgers; and you could even eat over pasta. I’m definitely going to experiment with other flavors, too, and I would encourage you to the same. I hope you try it out and like it, and if you come up with your variation, let us know in the comments; we’d love to hear what you came up with!