Junk Food Kale & Artichoke Queso Dip


Like most people, we try to eat healthy most of the time. We try to eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits, legumes, seeds. But there are times when you just want old school junk food. You know, stuff like queso dip. We added plenty of veggies to this too, so it has some redeeming qualities. You can serve it with crackers, tortilla chips or cut carrots/celery/peppers.

This is a perfect dip for watching movies and sharing with friends. As written, it’s gluten-free, too. To make this recipe easy, we use a slow cooker but you can also it make over low heat in a large pot on the stove. It’s also easy to double. Should serve 6 to 8 people, depending on how much you eat!



Junk Food Kale and Artichoke Queso Dip

1 red onion, minced

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. olive oil

1 bag (2 cups) of vegan cheddar shreds (such as Daiya or Follow Your Heart)

1 cup vegan mayo (such as Just Mayo or Follow Your Heart)

1 8-oz. container plain vegan cream cheese (such as Tofutti or Daiya)

1/4 cup  vegan sour cream (such as Tofutti or Follow Your Heart)

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 Tbs. smoked paprika

1 Tbs. yellow mustard

1 14 -oz. can quartered artichokes, drained

1 large bunch kale, any variety, sliced into thin strips

few dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco

1/2 cup scallions, chopped, to garnish

crackers, fresh cut veggies, or tortilla chips, to serve


Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until wilted, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add to a slow cooker with vegan cheddar shreds, vegan cream cheese, vegan sour cream, vegan mayo, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, yellow mustard, artichokes, sliced kale and hot sauce. Heat on low for three to four hours.

Before serving, top with fresh chopped scallions. Serve with dippers – like crackers, tortillas and fresh cut veggies.



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