Vegan Queso … Uncertainty Abounds

As a nacho connoisseur, even dipping a finger into this unnatural mixture felt wrong ...

In order to gain further knowledge in the vegan world, I recently went to visit Eco-Licious — a small shop dedicated to the eco-friendly, animal-friendly, local, and sustainable lifestyle. I had originally come to this tiny vegan mecca for a taste of The Naked Tart, but I found something else that also piqued my interest. Vegan queso. 

"But Sarah!" you scream at your computer screen in disbelief, "how could you POSSIBLY try or even WANT to try a product that is masquerading as cheese?" 

First of all, I'm a curious person when it comes to all things culinary, so I just had to know if this concoction worked. Here are my thoughts on the bizarre product:

Upon bringing this rather unique dip home, I decided I should treat it just like regular queso. So, I put a bit in a bowl, heated it up, and grabbed some tortilla chips. It LOOKS like regular queso and smelled similar, however, in terms of taste, it just was not quite there. Given, for something that has no fat, no cheese, no dairy or cream products and instead utilizes vegetables and soy for its flavor, this was pretty decent. In terms of texture it was a bit off. I'm not sure what it was. To me, queso should be smooth, free-flowing, rich, and creamy. The vegan queso was a little bit thick, didnt flow very well, and was not lacking in spice but was lacking in creaminess. 

I begrudgingly finished my bowl of queso. I think this dip DOES have a purpose, though. Because it would be melting anyway and hidden away in meat and vegetables, I have a feeling this stuff would actually be good hidden inside enchiladas or drizzled over the top of a taco. It would definitely defeat the purpose, unless of course you were going to make vegetarian/vegan enchiladas, but I feel like for what's left in my jar of this south-of-the-border treat, it could definitely be worth a shot. 

Are you a carnivore who's ventured into the vegan world?