Chipotle Cashew Cheese Sauce + Paleo Nachos

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This is one of those recipes where I’m like, “NAT. WHY DID THIS TAKE YOU SO LONG?!” Cashew cheese 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 Cashew Cheese Sauce + 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. This stuff is so much better than I thought it would be! I included this chipotle version as well as a garlic Alfredo version in my book.

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

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

For these paleo nachos I used my Crispy Sweet Potato Chips, leftover shredded pork I pulled out of the freezer and heated up with some Chipotle Chorizo Seasoning, some Chipotle Cashew Cheese Sauce, and some fixings — guacamole I bought at Sprouts (their Hatch Chile Guac is super good), chopped tomatoes, sliced radishes and cilantro.

Chipotle Cashew Cheese Sauce + 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 Cashew Cheese Sauce + 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 cashew cheese sauce ahead of time and heat it up in a skillet over low heat. 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.

Chipotle Cashew Cheese Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes + 1 hour soaking time

Total Time: About an hour

This dairy-free cashew cheese sauce 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 1/2 of a chipotle pepper from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric

Directions:

  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.

Nat’s Notes:

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

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