Ditch that processed cheese for this real-food retooling of queso dip. Find annatto seeds at Latin markets or online. They’re the ingredient that provides the bright color.

Karen Rankin
Also appeared in: Health, March, 2019


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20 mins
20 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Soak water and cashews in a bowl for at least 4 hours or overnight.

  • Drain soaked cashews; transfer to a blender, discarding the soaking liquid. Add almond milk; process until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour 1/4 cup of the cashew mixture into a small bowl. Add flour; whisk until smooth.

  • Pour remaining cashew mixture into a small saucepan; add annatto seeds. Bring to a boil over medium-high. Boil, whisking often, for 3 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a heatproof bowl; discard annatto seeds. Return strained mixture to saucepan; whisk in flour mixture. Return to a boil over medium-high; boil, whisking constantly, for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne.

  • Serve dip warm or at room temperature with vegetables and/or chips.

Nutrition Facts

108 calories; fat 7g; fat 7g; fiber 1g; protein 4g; carbohydrates 7g; fiber 1g; protein 4g; carbohydrates 7g; sugars 1g; sodium 364mg; iron 2mg; calcium 175mg.