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Basic Cashew Crema

Basic Cashew Crema

Basic Cashew Crema is a versatile Vegan Mexican crema that can be used in so many ways.

This dairy-free Mexican crema is a staple in my family. There are so many different ways to use the crema.

This crema has become a staple in my kitchen. On the weekends, I like to make a batch to use throughout the week.

Cashew Crema is perfect drizzled over fajitas and tacos!

Crema is a staple condiment in Mexican cooking. For a Vegan version, cashews are used to create an ultra creamy, non-dairy crema.

what’s in the cashew crema?

Raw Cashews- To create an ultra smooth crema, raw cashew are soaked for 2 hours before blending. I love using raw cashews to create dairy-free creams and sauces.

Apple cider vinegar and lemon juice– the combination of the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice creates a sour and tangy crema.  

Garlic- I like adding a small garlic clove to add some depth of flavor to the crema.

Salt– Using a little bit of salt helps to balance out the flavors in the crema.

Water- To help blend the cashews, a little bit of water is need. If you want to thicker crema, add less water to start. For a thinner crema, add more water. Depending on what I am making, sometimes I prefer a thicker crema.

how long will the crema last?

It should last at least 4 days stored in jar with a tight fitting lid in the fridge.

A non-dairy Mexican Crema that is a staple condiment to have on hand. It can be used in so many recipes. #vegan #mexican
This Basic Cashew Crema can be used in any recipe that you would traditionally use Mexican crema.

Inspired by traditional Mexican Rajas con Crema, these Vegan Creamy Rajas are dairy-free!

ways to use Mexican crema

My favorite way to use the crema is to drizzle it over tacos like these delicious Spicy Cauliflower and White Bean Tacos.

Spicy Cauliflower and White Bean Tacos are a quick & easy weeknight meal. They have a spicy kick from dried chiles!

This dairy-free crema is also great over fajitas. If you love cauliflower, these plant-based fajitas made with cauliflower are so good! A drizzle of the cashew crema is takes the vegan fajitas to the next level!

Looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe? You're going to love how easy it is to make these Vegan Sheet Pan Cauliflower Fajitas! #vegan #fajitas #vegetarian #dinner #sheetpan #easyrecipes

The crema adds a creamy layer to this Cheesy Vegan Mexican Rice Casserole.


Cashew crema is also great drizzled over these Potato and Roasted Poblano Enchiladas.

Veagn Potato and Roasted Poblano Enchilas topped with salsa verde and a cashew crema. So good!

If you are looking for a dairy-free alternative to Mexican crema, give this cashew crema a try! If you do, be sure to leave a comment or tag us on Instagram!

This Basic Cashew Crema from The Vegan Mexican Cookbook is a versatile sauce that is perfect for drizzling over tacos, enchiladas, etc. #vegan #mexican

Basic Cashew Crema

Yield: 1 ½ cups
Prep Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Crema is a staple condiment in Mexican cooking. For a Vegan version, cashews are used to create an ultra creamy, non-dairy crema. The combination of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice creates a tangier and sour crema.


  • 1 Cup Raw Cashews, soaked for 4-6 hours
  • 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • ¾ Tsp Sea Salt, or to taste
  • ¾ Cup Water


  1. Soak the cashews in water for 4-6 hours. Drain the cashews and add to a blender along with the apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, salt and water.
  2. Blend the cashews until completely smooth. This will take a few minutes. If the mixture is still grainy continue blending until the cashews are smooth. Add the additional ¼ cup of water if needed.
  3. Store in a jar with a tight fitting lid in the fridge to use throughout the week.

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Vegan Mexican cashew based non-dairy crema is a great staple to have on hand. This crema is especially good drizzled over tacos!

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