Sometimes you just want a little spice to compliment things. I love this sauce for just that reason. The key ingredient to that is the Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce. If you are familiar with using those in your recipes, you know just how potent those little peppers are! They most certainly pack some heat. There are a few brands out there so check your ingredients before purchasing as some have ingredients you might want to avoid. I prefer Roland Brand.
Just to make it clear, you will only be using ONE of those peppers from the can. So the rest you can reserve for another use. The cans generally come in a small size. Using one pepper will bring a mild-medium spice to this sauce. If you prefer a very mild flavor, use half of a pepper. If you want it really spicy, use 1 1/2 or 2 peppers.
The fresh cilantro and lime juice add a nice touch of flavors to the sauce. Other than soaking the cashews for about 4 hours, the sauce literally takes 5 minutes to blend and you are good to go. You can add this to your favorite Mexican dishes, to your sandwich or burgers, or use it as a dip for some sweet potato fries. It is delicious!
1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 4-6 hours
1/2 cup filtered water
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
2 Tbs fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp paprika
sea salt, to taste
fresh ground pepper, to taste
1. Soak cashews for 4-6 hours. When finished soaking, drain and rinse the cashews and place them in your high speed blender.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
3. You can adjust the consistency of your sauce my increasing or decreasing your water. You can also adjust the spiciness factor with the amount of chipotle peppers you use. So if you are unsure, start with 1/2 of a pepper and increase as needed.
4. This recipe makes just over 1 cup. Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator.