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 colour and richness, and nutritional yeast (a secret ingredient that makes foods taste like cheese) this vegan dip has a flavour that you’ll want to lick clean from the bowl.
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
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
I like to pair with Luke’s superfood chips!