Costco Now Sells Queso That Fits Your Vegan or Whole30 Lifestyle

updated Jan 8, 2020
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When it comes to finding comfort in the depths of winter, few foods do the trick quite like the creamy, cheesy, slightly spicy dip called queso. From the simplest version of microwaved Ro*tel and Velveeta to the fancy-pants restaurant version with fresh vegetables, few foods are able to make people as universally happy as melted cheese.

For people who have committed to a plant-based diet or are dabbling in Whole30, traditional queso is unfortunately off the table. But of course Costco has come to the rescue. The cult-favorite grocery store now stocks plant-based queso that works for vegan or Whole30 eaters, as Instagrammer Costco Buys notified us. “Cheese” for all!

Of course you could make your own diet-compliant version of the dip, but sometimes the best part of comfort food is that you don’t have to make it yourself. The Costco version, called “Queso Style Dip” from Good Foods, comes in a 24-ounce tub for $7.79, which according to their calculations is 20 servings, and according to ours is closer to 10 (five if it’s sleeting outside and your bus was late). The ingredients are all impressively simple: cauliflower, red bell peppers, almonds, almond butter, apple cider vinegar, red onions, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt, nutritional yeast, chia protein, ground cumin, ground turmeric, and cayenne pepper. That’s it!

The nutritional yeast gives it the strong, cheesy flavor that’s so important for snacks, and the nuts and chia provide the signature dip texture, so it has been receiving rave reviews on the Instagram post about it. Seems like it might be the perfect thing to stock up on as we head toward Super Bowl season, too — thankfully tortilla chips and potato chips are almost always vegan.