Does anyone else celebrate Taco Tuesday? I think we celebrate it on a lot of days during the week. I have a soft spot for nachos in particular. Who doesn't love cheesy chips? I adore them. Just not Trader Joe's Queso Dip. One of the cardinal rules of a dip is that it should never be watery or thin. This vegan dip does a better job of being cheesy than queso.
For those of us who don't eat vegan regularly, cashews are the answer to many situations where a creamy texture would be appreciated. Which is the case here.
I made vegan queso dip last year using a Minimalist Baker recipe. I was shocked how good it turned out. It was everything that was promised. It was pourable and relatively quick to make.
So I was already familiar with the concept of swapping out cashew for dairy. But how would that translate into a pre-made refrigerated dip?
Now, when I first tried this I had it cold. It wasn't my thing. So it sat in my refrigerator for a couple of days.
I gave it a second try. This time a small glop landed in a bowl and was placed in the microwave.
True to form, I got out some Trader Joe's Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips. It was exponentially better heated and it was way better than the queso dip they sell.
It isn't a spicy dip despite the presence of jalapeno peppers. But it is well-flavored and seasoned. The texture is pretty close to a good dip, not quite queso, but heated it up it can be poured.
There is the slightest texture from the nuts, but otherwise, this is actually a far better product that the queso dip in a jar. Keep in mind, that this is way better heated up so the temperature does matter.
Overall, this vegan dip is well done, organic, and flavorful. And it's well priced at $3.49.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy this product again. If I need a dip and a salsa won't cut it, I am totally reaching for this. Worth a try if you see it.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The container of Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Cashew Fiesta Dip:
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Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Cashew Fiesta Dip
Product Name: Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Cashew Fiesta Dip
Product Description: Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Cashew Fiesta Dip is a dairy free cheese dip alternative
Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Cashew Fiesta Dip outruns Trader Joe's Queso Dip
- This product does a better job at tasting cheesy than their own queso dip.
- It is a thick and pourable when warmed
- Does a good job of mimicking flavor, but if you are looking for cheese strings and pulls, it isn't here.
- This is way better warm regardless of the the package says
- Not spicy