Super Bowl Snacktime: Squash Queso Dip!

Super bowl Sunday is coming up, so I have my first cooking video to show you a great appetizer! I took some inspiration from my smoky mac & cheeze, but added a little Mexican flair with cilantro and jalapeรฑos, while making the smoky flavor more subtle. Serve this delicious dip with some crispy tortilla chips or raw vegetables like I did!

This dip isn’t particularly cheesy, per say, but it definitely has some great color and flavors. I substituted the cashews typically used with this type of sauce with some chickpeas, to keep it healthy and low-fat. Try it out for yourself, and let me know what you think! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • 3 Cups Kabocha Squash, Seeded & Baked
  • 3/4 Cup Cooked Chickpeas
  • 6 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 3 Tbsp. Smoked Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried Cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1/2-1 tsp. Sea Salt, closer to 1 tsp. is better
  • 1/4 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. Minced Jalapeรฑo or other Pepper


  1. Follow directions in video: Healthy Squash Queso Dip!

As for making my first cooking video, I was so nervous! I can’t even begin to tell you all how anxious even pressing the record button was. I hope that you all enjoy it, and if you have any pointers (constructive obviously) I’d love to hear them. So, thanks ahead of time, for the feedback! ๐Ÿ™‚

19 Comments on “Super Bowl Snacktime: Squash Queso Dip!

  1. I’ve never seen dried cilantro before, but I know now that I MUST have it. I swear I eat tons of the stuff, it’s hard to keep the fresh herbs in the house. Great looking healthy dip!

    • The moment that I found dried cilantro, I knew that I had to have it! I find that I have the same problems with fresh herbs going bad too soon.

  2. Oh wow, this sounds awesome! I love anything and everything squash, especially kabocha. Unfortunately they’re past their peak around here and I haven’t been able to find one in over a month. Do you think I could substitute butternut squash instead. Obviously the flavor and awesome-ness won’t be the same, but it might still be okay. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Butternut Squash would also work great for this recipe! Almost any winter squash could be used, that’s one of the good things about this dish. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. ooooh i looooooooveeee this dipppp..its got everything i would want in mine! just saw it on vegansaurus too.. super cool! dried cilantro hmm.. i bet i can dry some in the summer and store it.. like other dried herbs.

  4. I so much love this cheesy dip! I have made the recipe & it rocks !! So cool too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I am not a vegan but do eat vegan & vegetarian 5 x/week! I just bought nutrional yeast for the first time & this one is a great recipe to try it out! Thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • That’s so good to hear! My family and I ate almost all of it yesterday, and everyone seemed to really like it! Thanks for telling me how your try with it went! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Your healthy dip looks great but sorry your carrots look very sadly bleached. I just wish people knew what they put on them to keep them um…fresh?? So full of unhealthy nasty chemicals. Please people buy a bunch of carrots & peel them yourself, those baby ones will kill you!!! As will ANY pre-packaged produce.

    • Oh no! Thank you for telling me! I usually don’t even eat baby carrots, but these just happened to be in my fridge. Next time I’m cutting up carrot sticks of my own!

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