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Easy Loaded Plant Based Queso

Super easy loaded plant based queso using just a handful of Trader Joe’s ingredients! The perfect “better for you” snack that comes together so quickly.

Easy Loaded Plant Based Queso - Dash Of Mandi

Since moving to Texas, I have fallen in love with good melty queso. Especially when it’s fully loaded with toppings. Torchy’s [3] queso is one of my favorites around here. However, it is definitely far from healthy. But, I still enjoy it in moderation. Just not something I’d get all of the time.

Trader Joe’s dairy-free cashew fiesta dip has been a favorite product of mine since it came out. I heat it up and eat it with plantain chips as a snack. I also use it to make a delicious and easy dairy-free mac and cheese [4]. There’s a ton of ways you can use it to make easy but healthy snacks or meals.

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I finally decided to try to soy chorizo from Trader Joe’s. Whenever I ask on my Instagram stories for Trader Joe’s ingredient recipe requests, it’s frequently listed. When I was brainstorming recipe ideas using it this easy loaded plant based queso was the first thing I thought of. It’s easy, minimal ingredients and healthy!

With that being said, I have to say I was very skeptical of the soy chorizo before trying it. But, my husband and I loved it. It’s much lighter than regular chorizo. It’s not as greasy and I feel much better after eating it compared to the “real” thing. I’ll definitely be buying it a lot from now on!

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What you’ll need for this recipe:

Trader Joe’s organic creamy cashew fiesta dip, Trader Joe’s soy chorizo, pico de Gallo, unsweetened/unflavored non-dairy milk (I used cashew), cilantro, and chips of choice for dipping!

Plant Based Queso Ingredients

Other recipes you will enjoy!

Hot Mexican street corn dip [5]

Slow-cooker chicken enchilada dip [6]

Lightened up buffalo chicken dip [7]

I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious recipe!

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Easy Loaded Plant Based Queso



1 container of Trader Joe’s cashew fiesta dip

6 oz. Trader Joe’s soy chorizo

1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, I used cashew

12 tbsp of pico de gallo

chopped cilantro to taste

plantain chips for dipping, or chips of choice


Remove casing from soy chorizo and cook in a skillet over medium heat until heated, crumbling into tiny pieces as it cooks.

Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan over medium low heat add all of the cashew fiesta dip. Let cook until it’s melted and smooth (whisking it helps) – once smooth stir in the milk.

Add the crumbly chorizo (you can reserve some to add on top), let cook 1 more minute.

Remove from heat and add to a serving bowl. Top with additional chorizo, pico de gallo and cilantro.

Serve with chips and enjoy!

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