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Vegan Chipotle Cashew Cream | Gluten-Free!

by Capri Lilly

Make Vegan Chipotle Cashew Cream with this easy 6 ingredient recipe! Simply blend the ingredients together and this chipotle cream is ready in less than 5 minutes. Drizzle it on tacos and salads, or use it as a dipping sauce for your favorite vegetables!

creamy vegan chipotle cream sauce with pieces of okra plated next to it

I absolutely love this chipotle cashew cream sauce! It’s smokey, slightly tangy, super-rich, and creamy! It is the perfect vegan chipotle sauce for tacos, salads, burgers, vegetables — pretty much anything! 

The best chipotle pepper cashew cream

This sauce is similar to southwest chipotle sauce, but completely vegan and tastes even better!

ingredients needed to make chipotle cashew crema: soaked cashews, almond milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, chipotle peppers

Here’s What You Need To Make This Vegan Chipotle Cashew Cream Sauce

  • Raw Cashews: Cashews are the base for this sauce. Before blending, the cashews need to be soaked in boiled water. Soaking the cashews helps soften them, which makes them easier to process and helps to increase their nutrient availability.
  • Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce: You can easily find chipotle peppers in adobo sauce at your local grocery store.
  • Fresh Garlic: The garlic provides a deep savory flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: The lemon helps provide a little zest and acts as a natural preservative.
  • Almond Milk: Use almond milk or your favorite non-dairy milk. This helps to make the sauce extra creamy.
  • Maple Syrup: The maple syrup cuts any bitterness from the sauce and helps adjust the spice level of the sauce .

How To Make Vegan Chipotle Cashew Cream

  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Pour the boiled water over a bowl of raw cashews and soak for 20-25 minutes. After soaking, drain the cashews and discard the water.
  2. Add the cashews to a high-powered blender along with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Taste and adjust: add more adobo sauce to make it a bit spicer, add a splash of almond milk or water to thin out the sauce, add more maple syrup or agave to make it less spicy.
step 1 add all ingredients to the blender
step 2 blend until smooth to make chipotle crema

Chipotle Cashew Cream Sauce aka Chipotle Crema

close up of vegan chipotle cashew cream sauce

Ways To Use This Vegan Chipotle Cashew Crema

Use it as a dipping sauce for your favorite vegetables or potatoes:

Add it to tacos, burgers, or salads:

How To Store This Vegan Chipotle Cashew Cream

Store your chipotle crema in the fridge in an airtight container or mason jar. It will last up to 5 days. Be sure to give it a stir before using.

gluten free breaded crispy air fryer okra served with vegan chipotle sauce

I hope you enjoy this Vegan Chipotle Cashew Cream Recipe! 


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5 from 4 votes

Vegan Chipotle Cashew Cream

Make Vegan Chipotle Cashew Cream with this easy 6 ingredient recipe! Simply blend the ingredients together and this chipotle cream is ready in less than 5 minutes.
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cashew cream sauce, cashew cream variations, chipotle crema, chipotle sauce, gluten-free, southwest chipotle sauce, vegan
Servings: 8
Calories: 66kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Raw Cashews, soaked and drained
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, seeds removed
  • 2 tsp Adobo Sauce (from the can)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Optional Add-ins

  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika

Instructions

  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Pour the boiled water over a bowl of raw cashews and soak for 20-25 minutes. After soaking, drain the cashews and discard the water.
  • Add the cashews to a high-powered blender along with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
    Taste and adjust: add more adobo sauce to make it a bit spicer, add a splash of almond milk or water to thin out the sauce, add more maple syrup or agave to make it less spicy.

Notes

How To Store This Vegan Chipotle Cashew Cream

Store your chipotle crema in the fridge in an airtight container or mason jar. It will last up to 5 days. Be sure to give it a stir before using.
Tips: 
  • If you would like to make the sauce spicer, add another chipotle pepper or more adobo sauce (from the can). 
  • If the sauce is too spicy, add more agave or maple syrup to reduce the spice level. 
 
nutrition facts for vegan chipotle cashew cream: calories 66, total fat 5.1g, cholesterol 1mg, sodium 143mg, total carbohydrate 4.2g, protein 1.8g

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10 comments

nancy December 14, 2021 - 11:47 pm

5 stars
I love this is vegan with cashew and perfect with my fries and “chicken” stripes!

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Capri Lilly December 15, 2021 - 1:26 am

Yumm! Sounds like a delicious meal!

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Jean December 15, 2021 - 4:13 am

5 stars
Glad to see a vegan chipotle sauce, so tasty and creamy. I use it for everything in my meal.

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Capri Lilly December 15, 2021 - 4:48 pm

Hi Jean! I am happy to hear it! It’s one of my fav sauces too!

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Jessica December 15, 2021 - 5:17 pm

I am literally obsessed with anything chipotle flavored so I am so excited to try this! I have a feeling I’ll be eating it in EVERYTHING!!! Anyone who thinks eating vegan food is boring is plain wrong.

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Capri Lilly December 15, 2021 - 5:42 pm

I totally agree! I love delicious plant-based foods! I certainly use this sauce for everything! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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Leslie December 15, 2021 - 5:48 pm

5 stars
I really like what you did here! The addition of maple syrup was a nice touch with this sauce!

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Capri Lilly December 16, 2021 - 6:05 pm

Thanks Leslie!

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Oscar December 15, 2021 - 10:08 pm

5 stars
I always love chipotle flavours and this recipe was on point. So flavourful and I love that it’s vegan and so simple to make.

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Capri Lilly December 16, 2021 - 6:06 pm

Hi Oscar! I am so happy you like!

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