Vegan Queso Hummus (Nut-Free)



There was a time when I loved jarred queso and tortilla chips. Calories were oddly low for a jar of (what seemed to be) cheese. Turns out, this yellow mystery jar is packed with modified corn starch, malodextrin, monosodium glutamate, and artifical colors Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. Not to mention, it’s a jar of cheese. I’ll pass.

If you pass too, you may have already tried your hand at making your own queso. If you’re vegan, you may have already made a cashew-based version. While that is delicious, I wanted to create a nut-free option slightly lower in calories. Enter this nut-free healthy Vegan Queso Hummus.

This is one of my favorite go-to food prep items. I’ll make a big batch on Sunday and use it throughout the week for work snacks, dinner salads, or making Mexican-style collard wraps. It’s also an easily-packable dish for tailgating or a party. Enjoy!


Vegan Queso Hummus (Nut-Free)
Author: Lauren Vacula,
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Serves: 2.5 cups
A nut-free vegan hummus perfect for a mid-day snack, a sandwich spread, or a salad topping.
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans (1 can drained, 1 can with liquid)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp salt (depending on preference)
  • 1 15oz can tomatoes with diced green chillies, drained
  1. Add all ingredients (except can of tomatoes) to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  2. Add can of drained tomatoes to hummus. Pulse until tomatoes are incorporated.


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  1. Julia says:

    This looks so delicious! I’m pinning this with plans to make it as soon as the weekend arrives! I can’t wait!

  2. Thanks! It’s a nice switch from regular garlic hummus.

  3. RITA VACULA says:

    Looks and sounds delicious. Never thought about corn syrup in the store bought ones.

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