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Turn up the heat with this Vegan Jalapeño Popper Dip! It’s warm, spicy, cheesy and completely addictive! Plus, it calls for simple ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make.
I really LOVE spicy food and I crave it often – especially when it’s in cheesy dip form like my Vegan Nacho Cheese! BUT, I also love jalapeño poppers, and I’m usually too lazy to make them. So, this Vegan Jalapeño Popper Dip takes care of my cravings all in one shot and with ease!
The perfect balance of heat
It’s spicy enough to keep you coming back for more, but not SO spicy that you’ll be running for the hills. I think that’s why it’s so addictive! If things get a little hot for you, just cool down with a cold beer or refreshing Blood Orange Margarita.
You can adjust the heat levels easily too and customize it to your liking. Just use fewer jalapeños if you’re feeling reserved and more if you’re feeling daring!
Guests coming over?
No problem! This Jalapeño Popper Dip is pretty simple to make and quite the crowd-pleaser. Just put this warm cheesiness on the table and watch them flock to the deliciousness. It never fails!
Your guests might hog this insanely addictive dip, so you might want to put your hosting politeness aside, and dig in while you can. Do not leave them unattended or you will miss out on all the spicy fun. You can be polite later when they’re asking for the recipe.
You don’t need it to have melty, stretchy, cheesy goodness. The cashews create a super creamy consistency, while the tapioca flour makes it thick and stretchy. I discovered the stretchy tapioca trick when I saw this Recipe by Vedged Out and I’ve used it for so many recipes. It was a genius idea!
Let’s get started…
How to make Jalapeño Popper Dip
Here’s what you’ll need: (full amounts in recipe card below) Raw cashews, Unsweetened Soy Milk, Fresh Lemon Juice, Tapioca Flour/Starch, Panko Bread Breadcrumbs, Nutritional Yeast, Granulated Garlic, Granulated Onion, Sea Salt, Jarred Jalapeño Peppers, Vegan Butter.
Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C). To prepare the breadcrumbs, place them in a small bowl and pour melted butter on top. Gently toss to combine well.
Blend it up!
To soften the cashews, boil water in a small pot and remove from heat. Add raw cashews and cover for 15-20 minutes until they are softened.
Drain and rinse cashews (discard soaking water). Now place all ingredients in a high-speed blender (except jalapenos). Blend until cashews have completely broken down and the sauce is smooth. About 1-2 minutes. Pour cheese sauce in a medium skillet (or pot) over medium heat.
- To make things easier, you can prep ahead and pre-soften your cashews by placing them in cool water for 4 hours or overnight in the fridge (instead of heating them in water). Then they’ll be ready to pop in the blender right away.
- If you don’t have a high-speed blender, the cashews might not completely break down and this could result in a gritty texture. You can try soaking the cashews longer for 12 hours or more.
Let’s add some heat!
Now stir in jalapeños and cook cheese for 4-5 minutes until it thickens up a lot and becomes slightly stretchy. Stir often to prevent burning and sticking. Taste for seasoning, and add more if needed. Remove from heat.
This recipe is a little over medium heat for spiciness. To make it mild, omit the jalapeño brine and reduce the chopped jalapeños. Add more for a spicier dip. You can also add 3/4 teaspoon of ground cumin for flavor and spiciness.
I mostly use jarred jalapeños because it’s easier, but fresh can be used too. Just make sure to deseed & roast (or blanch) them first or your tongue will be on fire.
The final step
At this point, you can transfer the cheese mixture to an oven-safe casserole dish (about 2-quart size) or you can leave it in the skillet, as long as it’s oven safe and the right size for serving.
Now sprinkle breadcrumbs evenly over cheese and place in the oven for 10- 15 minutes, or until breadcrumbs are golden brown. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve with fresh bread, crackers or veggies.
Fresh cracked pepper
Sliced jalepeños (fresh or pickled)
I’d love to hear from you
If you make this Vegan Jalapeño Popper Dip, let me know what you think by ★ star rating it and leaving a comment below. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.
Vegan Jalapéno Popper Dip
- 1 cup raw cashews , soaked in very hot water
- 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
- 1 cup vegetable broth , low sodium
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour/starch
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion
- 1 teaspoon sea salt , more to taste
- 4 tablespoons jarred jalapeño peppers , chopped + 2 tablespoons brine
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter , melted
- Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C)
- Combine the melted butter and breadcrumbs in a small bowl. Set aside.
- To soak cashews, boil water in a small pot and remove from heat. Add cashews and cover for 15-20 minutes, until softened.
- Drain and rinse cashews (discard soaking water). Now place all ingredients in a high-speed blender (except jalapenos). Blend until cashews have completely broken down and the sauce is smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
- Pour cheese sauce in a medium skillet (or pot) over medium heat, and stir in jalapeños. Cook for 4-5 minutes until it thickens up a lot and becomes slightly stretchy. Stir often to prevent burning. Taste for seasoning, and add more if needed.
- At this point, you can transfer the cheese mixture to an oven-safe casserole dish (about 2-quart size) or you can leave it in the skillet, as long as it's oven safe and the right size for serving. Now sprinkle prepared breadcrumbs evenly over cheese.
- Place in the oven for 10- 15 minutes, or until breadcrumbs are golden brown. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve with fresh bread, crackers or veggies (see notes for garnish ideas). Enjoy!