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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.

Cashew Queso Sauce

Cashew Queso Sauce

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By: Team Beachbody
Posted in: Snacks, Vegan, Vegetarian
12 servings, 2 tbsp. each
Prep Time
20 min.
Cook Time


  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3 cups water, divided use
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste, no sugar-added
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice


Here are your 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

Cashew Queso Sauce

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