Trader Joe’s New Nacho Dip Is Velveeta for Vegans

I am not a Trader Joe’s devotee. I am a fan of their guacamole kits. I love their dried fruit selection. I’m a big supporter of their marinated meats. But I can’t rattle off their top frozen appetizers and have no allegiance to Scandinavian Swimmers or any other signature snack. And that’s why I’m the perfect person to test out new TJ’s products, like their Organic Vegan Nacho Dip.

TJ’s fans have speculated this is a replacement for the once celebrated Cashew Fiesta Dip, but I am here to judge this dip without any preconceived notions. I am simply here to warm up some vegan goo, dip a chip into it, and tell you what I think. So let’s proceed.

Trader Joe's Vegan Nacho Dip

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Trader Joe’s Organic Vegan Nacho Dip

Queso (actual cheese-based queso) should be creamy, smooth, thick, and savory. This vegan imitation does a great job of checking off those boxes. It’s not grainy at all with a mild, salty flavor. It doesn’t give off any obvious, telltale signs that it’s made with coconut and cashews, but it does have a slightly plastically aftertaste. But so does Velveeta. I wasn’t amazed by this dip, but I do think if you mixed some salsa into it or poured it into a breakfast burrito or onto some nachos, you would be very, very satisfied.

Credit: Ryan Martin




About the Author

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling is the editor-in-chief of Sporked. She has been writing about food and beverages for well over a decade and is an avid at-home cook and snacker. Don’t worry, she’s not a food snob. Sure, she loves a fresh-shucked oyster. But she also will leap at whatever new product Reese’s releases and loves a Tostitos Hint of Lime, even if there is no actual lime in the ingredients.

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