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Chipotle Vegan Queso + Paleo Nachos

Chipotle Vegan Queso + Amazing Paleo Nachos | This dairy-free cashew cheese sauce is a snap and makes some seriously delicious paleo nachos! | perrysplate.com

This is one of those recipes where I’m like, “NAT. WHY DID THIS TAKE YOU SO LONG?!”

Vegan queso or cashew “cheeze” sauce has been floating around the Internet for a few years, but I was always doubtful that it would be worth making. Or that it would taste good.

I’m a cheese snob and generally resistant to trends (food or otherwise) until I can mull them over and decide if they’re something I want to try.

Chipotle Vegan Queso + Amazing Paleo Nachos | This dairy-free cashew cheese sauce is a snap and makes some seriously delicious paleo nachos! | perrysplate.com

When I was working on my last cookbook, I wanted to add a dairy-free cashew cheese sauce to my basics chapter and incorporate it into a few of the recipes.

After the first few test runs, I was hooked. Vegan queso is so much better than I thought it would be!

I included this Chipotle Vegan Queso as well as a Garlic Alfredo “Cheeze” Sauce version in my cookbook.

Chipotle Vegan Queso + Amazing Paleo Nachos | This dairy-free cashew cheese sauce is a snap and makes some seriously delicious paleo nachos! | perrysplate.com

You can use vegan queso in any tex-mex dish that uses cheese or as a veggie dip. Or drizzle it over chili. (Yum. I’ve done this!)

How to make Paleo Nachos

For these paleo nachos I used :

Chipotle Vegan Queso + Amazing Paleo Nachos | This dairy-free cashew cheese sauce is a snap and makes some seriously delicious paleo nachos! | perrysplate.com

I’m thinking we’ll have these nachos on Sunday for Father’s Day.

Nachos has become a Mother’s Day tradition because it’s something that’s fast and easy and the kids can almost do by themselves. (And it doesn’t stress Steve out.)

Chipotle Vegan Queso + Amazing Paleo Nachos | This dairy-free cashew cheese sauce is a snap and makes some seriously delicious paleo nachos! | perrysplate.com

You can even make the vegan queso sauce ahead of time and heat it up in a skillet over low heat. Or pop in in the microwave for 20 second intervals and stir between each one.

If it starts to get clumpy or the texture is funny, just buzz it up again in the blender with a tablespoon of hot water to smooth it out.

 

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Chipotle Vegan Queso

Chipotle Vegan Queso

Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This dairy-free and paleo-friendly "queso" is a snap and makes some seriously delicious paleo nachos or a tasty tex-mex veggie dip!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of raw, unsalted cashews (whole or pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8-1/2 dried chipotle chile powder or a chipotle pepper from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric

Instructions

  1. Put the cashews in a medium bowl and cover completely with steaming hot water. Let the cashews soak for at least an hour. Drain off the liquid.
  2. Put the cashews in a blender or food processor along with 1/2 cup of fresh water and the ingredients listed above. Blend until smooth.

Notes

Nat's Notes:

If you've never used dried chipotle powder, it's about as spicy as cayenne, so keep that in mind when using it.

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Vicki

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Fantastic sauce! Thank you for sharing it!

Nicole

Monday 16th of March 2020

Great recipe, really did have a queso like flavor and texture. Works perfectly with the nachos. I added a shy tablespoon of prilmal mayo and it was divine. thanks so much for posting this.

Breanna

Friday 14th of February 2020

Amazing!!!! My family is so very excited about this recipe. How long will this keep in the refrigerator?

Natalie Perry

Saturday 15th of February 2020

I hope you like it! It should keep for 3-4 days.

Julia Ponder

Monday 20th of May 2019

I made this cashew queso yesterday- and O MY GOSH. This is a GAME CHANGER if you can't have dairy (like me). The chipotle peppers give it the best flavor! And it even looked like real cheese dip haha! Thank you Perry's plate!!!

Natalie Perry

Saturday 15th of February 2020

You're so welcome!!

Marissa

Thursday 18th of October 2018

Would this sauce be good with soft pretzels?

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