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Vegan Queso

Raw cashews are transformed into a creamy and flavorful dairy-free queso that'll cure all your cravings.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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One 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles

1 cup raw cashews 

1 teaspoon ground cumin 

1 teaspoon garlic powder 

1 teaspoon onion powder 

1/2 teaspoon chili powder 

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

Kosher salt

1/4 cup nutritional yeast 

1 tablespoon chopped jarred roasted red peppers, drained 

1/2 tablespoon distilled white vinegar 

2 teaspoons hot sauce 

1 small jalapenos, thinly sliced, seed removed if desired 

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves 

Tortilla chips, for serving 


Special equipment:
a high-powered blender
  1. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large liquid measuring cup. Pour the tomatoes and green chiles into the sieve and press with a spatula to squeeze out all the liquid (about 1/2 cup). Put the tomatoes and green chiles into a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Combine the reserved liquid, cashews, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, turmeric, cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt and 3/4 cup water in a 9-inch skillet over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally, until the cashews are tender, about 10 minutes. 
  3. Transfer the mixture to a high-powered blender. Add the nutritional yeast, roasted red peppers, vinegar, hot sauce, 2 tablespoons of the reserved tomatoes and green chiles and 1 cup water. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the blender as needed. 
  4. Transfer the mixture back to the cast-iron skillet. Heat gently over low heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened and scoopable, about 10 minutes.  
  5. Garnish with the remaining tomatoes and green chiles, the jalapenos and cilantro.  
  6. Serve with tortilla chips.
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