Creamy Cashew Jalapeño Sauce (6 Ingredients!)

Introducing a tasty new sauce for your next taco night or burrito bowl lunch: creamy cashew jalapeño sauce! This subtly spicy, savory sauce comes together with just 6 ingredients and 5 minutes active prep time. 

Inspired by a restaurant called Harlow, it’s a versatile flavor addition to bowls, quesadillas, and so much more! Get ready to level up your next meal. Let us show you how it’s done!

Grab these 6 ingredients and it’s creamy jalapeño sauce time: cashews, jalapeño, nutritional yeast, lime, garlic, and salt!

Soak the cashews to soften and ensure a milder flavor, then add the soaked cashews to a blender. Blend them up with the remaining ingredients plus water. And that’s it!

We hope you LOVE this cashew jalapeño sauce! It’s:

Subtly spicy
& SO delicious!

We love it on everything from tortilla chips to bowls, quesadillas, salads, enchiladas, and tacos. It adds a cheesy richness that really brings a meal together!

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Creamy Cashew Jalapeño Sauce (6 Ingredients!)

A savory, subtly spicy, creamy jalapeño sauce for bowls, tacos, and beyond! Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and just 6 ingredients!Author Minimalist Baker Print SAVE SAVED

4.50 from 4 votes Prep Time 20 minutes Total Time 20 minutes Servings 10 (~2 Tbsp servings)Course SauceCuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican-Inspired, VeganFreezer Friendly NoDoes it keep? 4-5 Days

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US Customary – Metric3/4 cup raw cashews1/2 small jalapeño, roughly chopped (1/2 small jalapeño yields ~2 Tbsp or 17 g)1/2-1 Tbsp nutritional yeast2/3 cup filtered water1 Tbsp lime juice1/2 medium clove garlic, peeled1/4 tsp sea salt


Add cashews to a heatproof bowl and cover with hot water by at least 1-2 inches. Soak for at least 15 minutes.Drain the cashews and add them to a high-speed blender with the remaining ingredients (jalapeño, nutritional yeast, water, lime juice, garlic, and salt). Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust, as needed, adding more nutritional yeast for cheesiness, lime juice for brightness, jalapeño for heat, or salt for overall flavor.Use immediately as a dip or on bowls, quesadillas, salads, enchiladas, tacos, and beyond. Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.



*Prep time includes soaking cashews.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amount of nutritional yeast.

Nutrition (1 of 10 servings)

Serving: 1 (two-tablespoon) serving Calories: 71 Carbohydrates: 4.2 g Protein: 2.5 g Fat: 5.4 g Saturated Fat: 1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2.9 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 75 mg Potassium: 99 mg Fiber: 0.6 g Sugar: 0.8 g Vitamin A: 4 IU Vitamin C: 3.2 mg Calcium: 5.9 mg Iron: 0.8 mg

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