Creamy Vegan Jalapeño Sauce (6 Ingredients!)

Holding a spoonful of creamy cashew jalapeño sauce over a glass jar

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 (recipe coming soon), quesadillas, and so much more! Get ready to level up your next meal. Let us show you how it’s done!

Cashews, limes, salt, nutritional yeast, water, garlic, and jalapeño

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

Blender with cashews, nutritional yeast, jalapeño, garlic, lime juice, 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!

Holding a tortilla chip coated with cashew jalapeño sauce over a jar

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

Subtly spicy
& SO delicious!

We love it on everything from tortilla chips to bowls (recipe coming soon — sneak peek below!), quesadillas, salads, enchiladas, and tacos. It adds a cheesy richness that really brings a meal together!

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If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo @minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Chili bowl topped with cashew jalapeño sauce

Prep Time 20 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Servings 10 (~2 Tbsp servings)

Course Sauce

Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican-Inspired, Vegan

Freezer Friendly No

Does it keep? 4-5 Days

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 small jalapeño, roughly chopped (1/2 small jalapeño yields ~2 Tbsp or 17 g)
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2/3 cup filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 medium clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

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

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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