Creamy Queso "Cheese" Sauce. This plant based, delicious sauce is easy to make and a true crowd pleaser! Perfect on nachos, fajitas, or as a simple dip! #vegan #plantbased #vegancheese #healthy #recipe

Creamy Queso "Cheese" Sauce

Dressings & Dips

This super creamy, zesty cheese sauce is one of my favs! And I have served it to many "real cheese eaters" with much success!

It is quick and easy to make and is perfect for nachos, fajitas, on top of a burrito bowl or as a delicious dip! 

Try it in these Loaded Nachos and Cheese!



  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 small red bell pepper (1/2 cup), chopped
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup medium salsa

Tips & Nutrition

Using cashews makes this sauce creamy and nutritious - cashews are full of clean protein, iron and magnesium. Nutritional yeast is loaded with B vitamins and the spices provide healthy antioxidants. 

Extra cheese sauce can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. I often will make a double batch and use it for tacos, fajitas or a simple dip. 


Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Place the cashews in a medium size bowl and cover with the boiling water for 10 - 15 minutes. 

In the jar of a high speed blender or food processor add the red bell pepper, nutritional yeast, juice from 1/2 a lime, turmeric, cumin, paprika and 1 Tbsp of water. Drain the cashews and add them. Blend all ingredients on high speed until the sauce is creamy.

Pour the sauce into a medium size pot and stir in 1/4 cup of salsa. Heat the combined sauce and salsa on the stove on low heat until it is hot. Serve promptly.



Picky Diet / February 1, 2018

Thank you Randy! I think you will love it -it is one of my fav's. And of course thank you for being an inspiration!

Randy Pobst / January 26, 2018

I am a big fan of cashew cheeses, have tried a few in my travels, and this one sounds sooo yummy. Thanks, Kim!

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