Vegan Cashew Queso Sauce

Vegan Cashew Queso Sauce

This nutty concoction tastes like creamy queso sauce, but it doesn’t have an ounce of cheese. Cashews soaked in water magically transform into a luscious sauce that’s just like nacho cheese. Spiked with spices, a touch of tomato paste for color and richness, and nutritional yeast (a secret ingredient that makes foods taste like cheese) this vegan dip has a flavor that you’ll want to lick clean from the bowl. Try it with these baked corn tortilla chips.

This creamy Vegan Queso Sauce doesn't contain an ounce of cheese but features nutty cashews, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, and a hint of chili powder.
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Vegan Cashew Queso Sauce

This creamy Vegan Queso Sauce doesn't contain an ounce of cheese but features nutty cashews, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, and a hint of chili powder.

Course Snack
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 8 servings, approx. 3 Tbsp. each
Calories 122 kcal
Author Beachbody

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3 cups water, divided use
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste, no sugar-added
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. ground smoked paprika
  • cup nutritional yeast
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Place cashews and 2 cups water in a medium bowl. Let soak for up to 3 hours. Rinse and drain.
  2. Place drained cashews, remaining 1 cup water, tomato paste, chili powder, paprika, yeast, salt, and lemon juice in a blender (or food processor); cover. Blend until smooth, scraping down sides of blender if needed. Add additional water if needed.
  3. Keep refrigerated for up to five days.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Cashew Queso Sauce
Amount Per Serving (3 Tbsp)
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This creamy Vegan Queso Sauce doesn't contain an ounce of cheese but features nutty cashews, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, and a hint of chili powder.

P90X/P90X2 Portions
1 Fat

P90X3 Portions
½ Carb
2 Fats

Body Beast Portions
½ Starch
2 Fats

Containers
½ Yellow
1 Blue

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