Hatch chile queso

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This is by far the best queso I have ever had, anywhere.

I have already made it three times since I received The Sexy Vegan’s latest book, Happy Hour at Home. (Yes! Intrigued was I, as one of my favorite themes around here is my own Happy Hour at Home!).

I received Brian Patton’s book to review -¬†Brian Patton is The Sexy Vegan – you may know him from

his entertaining YouTube videos? He is fun, he is funny, he was the emcee at Vida Vegan’s Galarama this summer. Super fun stuff.

When Brian and his now wife were dating, they enjoyed Friday night Happy Hours at her apartment or his. These quickly turned into the Happy Hour at Home parties the book was inspired by – word got out that The Sexy Vegan’s recipes were the cats meow.

Happy Hour at Home

This fabulous book is divided into 20 themed menus, 3 or 4 recipes each, and cocktail pairings. The recipes in each menu are planned to be made together – the flavors are complementary and result in several tasty treats.

I love this book.

So far, I have made a Loaded Baked Potato Flatbread, an U-NO-gi Nigiri with Kabayaki Sauce, and Rigatoni Poppers. We have enjoyed lovely libations (what Brian jokingly called “the most important meal of the day”) including Solid Gold, The Starburst, and Burn Relief.

So far, we have loved it all.

vegan Hatch chile queso

Pull up a seat and let me just tell you about this queso.

I am not at all exaggerating when I say this is incredibly good. Big bold flavors – spicy roasty creamy comfort. I took this to a housewarming party earlier this summer, and everyone loved it.

I was the lone vegan at the party, and everyone. loved. the. queso.

This is seriously one of those Wow Factor Recipes you can serve anyone, with positive results. Impressive, this queso is. I look forward to serving this more often.

Make it. Double it. Enjoy it.

vegan queso recipe

hatch chile queso

YIELD: about two cups

dairy, egg, and gluten free, vegan

INGREDIENTS:

4 fresh Hatch chiles or two 4-ounce cans diced green chiles
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 ounces Soyrizo
1 1/2 cups whole raw cashews
1 garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup vegetable stock
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
salt and pepper
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
tortilla chips
cilantro spring or sliced scallions, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the Soyrizo, break it up with a wooden spoon, and fry for 3 to 5 minutes, or until browned. Set aside.

If you do not have a high-powered blender (Vita Mix or Blendtec), boil cashews for about 8 minutes to ensure creaminess. In blender, combine cashews, garlic, onion powder, 1 cup vegetable stock, turmeric, nutritional yeast, ad 2 tablespoons diced chiles, blend until smooth. Add a little more stock, if necessary, to get a smooth consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Place the cashew sauce in a small pot over low heat and stir in remaining chiles and most of the tomatoes and Soyrizo, reserving some tomatoes and Soyrizo for garnish. Cook until heated through. Transfer to a medium crock, garnish with tomatoes, Soyrizo, and a cilantro sprig or scallions. Serve with chips.

vegan queso

Cheers! 

 

 

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1 Sara September 12, 2013 at 3:47 am

My favorite happy hour dish is artichoke dip.

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2 Sara September 12, 2013 at 3:48 am

I’m not usually a fan of queso dip, but I might have to try this one, it sounds good!

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3 Sara September 12, 2013 at 3:49 am

I pinned this recipe.

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4 lindsay September 12, 2013 at 4:03 am

pinned it! Gimme! and send yourself with the book please. <3

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5 Heather September 12, 2013 at 5:32 am

My old favorite happy hour-type dish was always baked brie or some other sort of cheese plate. These days I don’t really get a happy hour, and I wouldn’t be able to eat the cheese even if I wanted to, so when the husband and I finally collapse on the sofa in the evening, the thing most likely to accompany a cocktail is a handful of nuts.
That’s kind of sad, isn’t it? I think I need this book!

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6 Heather September 12, 2013 at 5:34 am

I am a queso fan, provided it is not too heavy. I have mixed results with cashew-based sauces. Of course, I don’t have a Vitamix, so that may be part of the problem.

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7 Heather September 12, 2013 at 5:38 am

I “tweeted”. (Glorb…feel kind of stupid writing that. Not sure why.)
https://mobile.twitter.com/atomic_books/status/378135001016958976

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8 Heather September 12, 2013 at 5:41 am
9 Heather September 12, 2013 at 5:42 am

I follow you on Twitter.

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10 Heather September 12, 2013 at 5:43 am

I “like” you on FB.

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11 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 12, 2013 at 6:19 am

Ok, yum. I haven’t made a vegan chz dip in ages. I need to change that now. I think, sadly, chips and cheese dip is my go-to HH snack. SOOO not healthy!

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12 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 12, 2013 at 6:20 am
13 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 12, 2013 at 6:20 am

I follow you on FB

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14 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 12, 2013 at 6:22 am

I follow on twitter (now @WTBFitness)

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15 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 12, 2013 at 6:22 am

And…..I pinned!

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16 gloria kersh September 12, 2013 at 6:32 am

#1 Spinach Artichoke Baskets — yummy spinach & artichoke dip served in mini phyllo cups. YUMMY!!!

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17 gloria kersh September 12, 2013 at 6:32 am

#2 — Heck yeah, I love mexican foods and queso is right up there!!!

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18 gloria kersh September 12, 2013 at 6:35 am

#3 — sorry I don’t Tweet

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19 gloria kersh September 12, 2013 at 6:36 am

#4 — this queso has been pinned… yummy!

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20 gloria kersh September 12, 2013 at 6:37 am

#6 — I “Liked” your FB some time ago but I did go double check and yep, you’re “liked”

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21 gloria kersh September 12, 2013 at 6:50 am

#7 – following on Bloglovin

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22 Emily September 12, 2013 at 7:42 am

My favorite happy hour dish is “cheezball” and crackers!

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23 A. Cook September 12, 2013 at 8:06 am

This recipe could not have been more timely–I noticed hatch chiles on sale at Whole Foods JUST yesterday and now I know exactly what I want to do with them!

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24 Laurel September 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

How lucky am I that I decided to come visit today although there is no way I’ll win. That recipe looks fabulous. So, my favorite happy hour food is stuffed jalapeno poppers.

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25 Laurel September 12, 2013 at 8:29 am

I adore queso!

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26 Laurel September 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

I pinned this post.

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27 Laurel September 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

I already follow you on FB.
Well, that’s me out of options ’cause I don’t do all that other 21st century hooha. Hah!

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28 Heather @ Better With Veggies September 12, 2013 at 10:30 am

Favorite happy hour dish? probably the simple chips, salsa, & guac…although I could easily add this dip to that combination. :)

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29 Heather @ Better With Veggies September 12, 2013 at 10:32 am

I LOVE queso – I am going to make this one!

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30 Heather @ Better With Veggies September 12, 2013 at 10:34 am

And I pinned it! :)

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31 Heather @ Better With Veggies September 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

And tweeted!

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32 Heather @ Better With Veggies September 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

I follow you on twitter

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33 Heather @ Better With Veggies September 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

And I follow on FB. Phew – that was a lot of comments! :)

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34 Eileen September 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

Cashew-based queso sounds like such a great idea! Definitely better than the processed cheese glop versions that are usually around. Our happy hour favorites are usually the easiest nuts & olives. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! :)

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35 Erin September 12, 2013 at 11:39 am

My favorite happy hour food is sliders : BBQ jackfruit, black bean, beet, all kinds!

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36 Erin September 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

LOVE queso. Immediately emailed this post to myself so I can try it!

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37 Star September 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

My favorite happy hour dish is sliders, any kind. There is just something about those mini burgers!

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38 Erin September 12, 2013 at 11:42 am

I like you on FB.

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39 Star September 12, 2013 at 11:42 am

Yes, of course! Who doesn’t like queso?!

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40 Erin September 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

I follow you on bloglovin.

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41 Star September 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

Pinned!

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42 Star September 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

I already follow you on Facebook :)

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43 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm

I want this!!! I love hatch chilis – bring on the HEAT!

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44 Maura September 13, 2013 at 3:51 am

Peach butter bruschetta with grilled asparagus. Yum!

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45 sara September 13, 2013 at 5:43 am

My favorite happy hour dish is my take on DC Vegetaraian’s chick’n salad served on little toasted breads. Yum!

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46 sara September 13, 2013 at 5:44 am

I live in Texas–queso is a religion!

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47 sara September 13, 2013 at 5:44 am

I tweeted about the giveaway.

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48 sara September 13, 2013 at 5:49 am

I follow spabettie on twitter.

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49 sara September 13, 2013 at 5:50 am

I like spabettie on facebook.

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50 sara September 13, 2013 at 5:51 am

I follow spabettie on bloglovin.

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51 Andrea Horn September 13, 2013 at 5:57 am

Pinned it, follow you on FB and Twitter. My favorite happy hour dish is gluten free crackers with olive tapenade.

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52 Anu September 13, 2013 at 6:45 am

I like black bean chipotle dip for an appetizer.

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53 Hannah September 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

Chips and salsa with cerveza and lime–queso sounds like some far off dream. Time to have a party I guess!

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54 Amber barrett September 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I used to love love ordering queso dip at restaurants for happy hour. It was so creamy and delicious. Sadly, I haven’t had queso in years because I can’t have any dairy whatsoever. Total sad face. Now, I can make this queso dip and turn my frown upside down, I can’t wait!

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55 marlies September 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm

My favorite happy hour dish is bruschetta…yum!!

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56 marlies September 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I am also a HUGE queso fan! I lived in south texas during college and I think I can probably attribute quite a few of the freshman 15 to queso alone ;)

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57 marlies September 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm

i follow you on twitter!

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58 marlies September 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

i like you on facebook!

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59 marlies September 13, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I tweeted!

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60 marlies September 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm

i pinned the post!

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61 Johanna September 14, 2013 at 2:47 am

ah, all accomplished above, and now to comment:

My mother made “Chile Con Queso” over chips for dinner sometimes when I was little (the 70′s) and I loved it. Just as a dip, it really depends on the quality. This recipe appears more promising without the vegan cheese, cos if you don’t eat it fast enough, it gets too difficult to scoop with a chip when it cools.

Thanks a lot. This book seems great.

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62 Jessica c September 14, 2013 at 7:08 am

I pinned it

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63 Paula September 14, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Hmmm, favorite happy hour dish would have to be a vegan take on chicken wings.

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64 Paula September 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Of course, I love queso! Who doesn’t?

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65 Paula September 14, 2013 at 7:40 pm
66 Paula September 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I follow you on twitter (@msmollygirl).

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67 Shannon C September 15, 2013 at 8:09 am

haven’t much liked any vegan quesos yet, but i’ll have to try this one!

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68 Beth September 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I love hummus and veggies for happy hour!

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69 Beth September 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I pinned the post. :)

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70 Beth September 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I liked you facebook!

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71 Beth September 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I follow you on twitter! @townb

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72 Katie Davis September 15, 2013 at 8:26 pm

My favorite happy hour dish would probably be the buffalo tempeh wingz at the Chicago Diner. Soooo good with a cold beer too!

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73 Katie Davis September 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm

And I’m a big fan of all kinds of queso. Growing up, my mom would make a queso dip using huge blocks of Velveeta and chiles pretty regularly, and although I cringe at the thought of using V these days, I still crave queso and chips!

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