Ok, I'm obsessed with Mexican flavors. I borderline want to carry around cumin and chili powder and salsa around with me, everywhere I go. But I'm not that crazy. This recipe was totally not what I was planning to post today, as I specifically created it as a quick cheese sauce to go with another recipe that a reader specifically requested, which is this Big Time Vegan Mexican Bowl. However, after whipping this up and tasting it, both my hubby and I agreed, it needed it's own post. I didn't want it to not get it's fair share of attention, haha. Plus, can you believe this is my first time ever posting a cashew cheese?
On a side note, aren't my hand models the cutest?! 🙂 Hubby and daughter getting in on the dip action.
As you will see, this vegan cheese is incredibly easy, as all my recipes are, but this one is like 10 minutes! Just 6 ingredients, total, including salt & water! I wanted this cheese to have a strong Mexican flavor, so a good dose of cumin and salsa is added to a base of cashews, water, nutritional yeast and salt. I typically am not a fan of too many cashews in a cheese sauce, but there is enough liquid added, so it stays creamy and doesn't get that nasty texture. It is then cooked down to a nice, smooth and creamy, thickened consistency. If you are allergic to cashews, don't worry, I tested a nut-free version made with tahini for you too! I would say though, if you hate tahini, it may not be for you. We loved it, not as much as the cashew version, but it does have a slight tahini flavor, so keep that in mind. If you are avoiding fat altogether, then be sure to try my super popular Fat-Free Vegan Cheese Sauce. It was my most popular recipe last year and uses no nuts or seeds. I get tagged basically daily on Instagram from you guys making it, so check it out. You could always add some cumin, chili powder, etc. to give it a Mexican flavor.
The combo of the nutritional yeast and the acidity and spices from the salsa give an amazing cheese flavor and spiciness. Some people like nutritional yeast, most do, but there are a few that don't. I personally love it. In fact, I don't think things taste very cheesy without it, so it's a must for me in cheese sauces. I think it's even more important for a Mexican flavor, like with this Easy Vegan Mexican Cheese Sauce.
It's truly shocking how darn delicious this is, considering how simple it is. It's creamy, smooth and the perfect dip consistency. I had a couple of non-vegan friends try it and it won over big time! Give it a try. It will be great on tacos, burritos, as a dip, etc. But I created it for the recipe that is coming on Thursday, so stay tuned!
If you are looking for a fat-free cheese sauce, then be sure to check out my super popular Fat-Free Vegan Cheese Sauce made from potatoes and zucchini. It was the #1 recipe for 2015!
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