Whether you’re trying to transition to a more plant-based meal regime or you’re in search of a sauce to breathe new life into dishes that fall a bit flat, let this healthy queso recipe cure what ails you.

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prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
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This dip's velvety smooth, creamy texture comes from cashew cream, which is made from mixing cashews with water and whirling them together in a blender—no dairy needed. For a softer consistency, or if your blender is having trouble processing raw cashews, allow them to soak in the water for a few hours before blending. You’ll also add green chiles, chipotle pepper, and cumin seeds, which layer in warming, crave-worthy complexity. To kick your queso up a notch, toss in an extra pepper (for spice) or a sprinkle of nutritional yeast (for umami). Use it as a dip for tortilla chips, stir into butternut squash soup, or drizzle it over mushroom enchiladas stuffed with sautéed peppers and onions. 

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  • Add cashews, ½ cup water, chiles, chipotle pepper, cumin, and salt to blender and process until smooth and consistently creamy throughout, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary.

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  • Using a silicone spatula, transfer queso from blender into a serving dish. Top with fresh cilantro and toasted pumpkin seeds (optional) for garnish.

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