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Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip, Five-Ingredient Easy

Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip

Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip is delec­table! It’s creamy and spicy. And, for some­thing with zero cheese — it’s VERY cheesy! lol It’s hard to believe it’s Whole30 com­pli­ant, Paleo, dairy-free, sug­ar-free and grain (gluten)-free! It makes my taste­buds do a hap­py dance and I don’t feel like I’m miss­ing out on anything!

This smooth, thick sauce/dip is excel­lent when you want a snack with a spicy kick or mak­ing a health­i­er ver­sion of your favorite casseroles.  It has a love­ly creamy tex­ture and “cheesy” fla­vor.  It’s good for dip­ping veg­gies and it’s sen­sa­tion­al for top­ping burg­ers. Home fries and home­made chick­en nuggets are per­fect dip­pers for my Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip, too.

What is Nutritional Yeast and Why Use It?

The yum­my, cheesy fla­vor comes from *nutri­tion­al yeast. Nutri­tion­al yeast is a deac­ti­vat­ed form of yeast. It is the same strain of yeast that is used in bak­er’s yeast and brew­er’s yeast, except that the bac­te­ria that cause ris­ing and fer­men­ta­tion are no longer alive. It’s grown specif­i­cal­ly as a food prod­uct and is very pop­u­lar in veg­an cooking.

Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip

Nutri­tion­al Yeast is loaded with vit­a­mins, min­er­als and nutri­ents. It’s high in pro­tein and a good source of fiber, too. It’s low in sodi­um and calo­ries and is gluten‑, sug­ar- and dairy-free. I always buy flakes, but it can be found as gran­ules or pow­der, too, I think.

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Nutri­tion­al yeast has a savory, nut­ty and cheesy fla­vor. It’s what puts the “cheesy” in my Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip. You can also leave out the hot sauce and use it as a cheesy sauce for casseroles, cheesy cau­li­flower or zoo­dle “pas­ta”. It’s also great sprin­kled on pop­corn! The pos­si­bil­i­ties are only lim­it­ed by your imagination.

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Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip

Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip

  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 min­utes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


This sauce/dip is excel­lent when you want a snack with a spicy kick.  It has a love­ly creamy tex­ture and “cheesy” fla­vor.  It’s good for dip­ping veg­gies and it’s sen­sa­tion­al for top­ping burgers.


  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked and drained
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 3 Table­spoons Franks Red Hot Sauce
  • 2 Table­spoons *nutri­tion­al yeast
  • ½ tea­spoon salt


  1. Soak the cashews in enough water to com­plete­ly cov­er them.  Allow them to sit for at least 30 min­utes.  I often put them in water, stick the con­tain­er in the fridge and go to bed.  You can eas­i­ly soak them up to 24 hours.  What­ev­er works in your sched­ule.  The longer they soak, the soft­er they will be and the smoother they will blend.
  2. Place all ingre­di­ents in the blender cup/pitcher of a high-speed blender.
  3. Pulse the blender a few times to get things started.
  4. Set blender on high and allow the sauce to become smooth and creamy.
  5. Store in an air­tight con­tain­er in the refrigerator.
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Dips, Condi­ments
  • Method: blender
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

How to Make Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip

Blending Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip

To soak cashews, put them in a con­tain­er and cov­er with water. Allow them to sit for at least 30 min­utes, up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to make Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip, drain the cashews and add them to the blender with all the oth­er ingredients. 

Vari­a­tion: Add all the ingre­di­ents, except the hot sauce and make a creamy, “cheesy” sauce for zoo­dles, cau­li­flower or your favorite casserole.

Five-ingre­di­ent easy is the best kind of recipe! Don’t you think? I hope you enjoy this deli­cious dip/sauce as much as I do. No mat­ter where you are in your nutri­tion­al jour­ney, it will enhance your favorite dish­es and leave you feel­ing sat­is­fied. Enjoy!

Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip

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