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VEGAN NACHO CHEESE

You will absolutely love this vegan nacho cheese! It’s super creamy, rich, and slightly spicy. And it’s just bursting with flavor! We simply can’t get enough of it around here! 

Before I became vegan, I loved nacho cheese! Especially at the movie theater it was one of my favorites. It took me some time to come up with a vegan nacho cheese sauce that I was 100 % satisfied with, but I made it! This vegan nacho cheese sauce seriously is the bomb! 

VEGAN NACHO CHEESE

June 18, 2019 by Sina 1 Comment3.3KSHARES

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You will absolutely love this vegan nacho cheese! It’s super creamy, rich, and slightly spicy. And it’s just bursting with flavor! We simply can’t get enough of it around here! 

a bowl with vegan nacho cheese on a wooden board with nachos, two lime halves, and jalapeños in the background and a hand dipping a nacho into the cheese sauce

Before I became vegan, I loved nacho cheese! Especially at the movie theater it was one of my favorites. It took me some time to come up with a vegan nacho cheese sauce that I was 100 % satisfied with, but I made it! This vegan nacho cheese sauce seriously is the bomb!  Reader Favorites from Vegan Heaven!Play Video

It’s a real crowd-pleaser and it’s pretty easy to make at the same time! It’s definitely one of my favorite vegan dips by far!  

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS VEGAN NACHO CHEESE

  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • pickled jalapeños 
  • tomato paste
  • nutritional yeast
  • yellow miso paste
  • unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond or soy milk)
  • cashews
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • canola oil or olive oil
  • hot sauce
  • salt
  • lemon juice
  • smoked paprika powder

As always, you can find the full ingredient list and the recipe instructions in a separate recipe box at the end of this post. 

a hand dipping a nacho into a bowl with vegan nacho cheese with salsa and jalapeños on top

HOW TO MAKE VEGAN NACHO CHEESE 

The recipe for this vegan nacho cheese is super easy. All you need is a very good high speed blender to make this easy vegan cheese sauce extra creamy and smooth! Welcome to vegan cheese heaven! 

cooked potatoes and carrots in a grey bowl on a marble countertop

STEP 1: Peel the potatoes and the carrots. Cut them into small cubes. Cook until soft. I usually use my Instant Pot to cook them. 

ingredients for vegan nacho cheese sauce in a blender on a marble countertop (before blending)

STEP 2: Once the potatoes and the carrots are soft, transfer them to a high speed blender together with the remaining ingredients. 

Vegan nacho cheese sauce in a blender on a marble countertop

STEP 3: Process until smooth. This will take about a minute. 

STEP 4: Transfer to a small pot and cook for a minute. The vegan nacho sauce will thicken up when being heated. 

STEP 5: Serve with nachos and sprinkle with chopped jalapeños. I also added a bit of salsa in the middle of the bowl. Enjoy! 

Vegan Nacho Cheese in a bowl on a wooden board with nachos, two jalapeños, and two limes on the side

VEGAN NACHO CHEESE RECIPE NOTES 

  • It’s very important that you use a high speed blender for this recipe. Otherwise the vegan nacho cheese won’t become as creamy. I used a Vitamix, which I absolutely love. 
  • If you want to make it a bit easier for your blender, you can soak the cashews overnight in cold water or 30 minutes in boiling water. This step is, however, not necessary if you use a Vitamix like I did.
  • Please don’t leave out any of the ingredients. I often list ingredients as optional, but in this recipe you need all of them for the right consistency and the right taste. It took me a while to perfect my vegan nacho cheese recipe. 
  • I like to serve my vegan nacho cheese with a bit of salsa on top. I think it’s a great combination, but of course that’s totally optional. 
  • You could also use the nacho cheese sauce for burritos, vegan quesadillas, or even baked potatoes. 
  • If you want to make the vegan cheese dip less spicy, reduce the amount of jalapeños and leave out the hot sauce. 

VEGAN NACHO CHEESE

Course: SnacksCuisine: American, Mexican
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

201

kcal

You will absolutely love this vegan nacho cheese! It’s super creamy, rich, and slightly spicy. And it’s just bursting with flavor! We simply can’t get enough of it around here!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked cubed potatoes

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked cubed carrots

  • 5 pickled jalapeños

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast

  • 1 tablespoon yellow miso paste

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond or soy milk)

  • 1/4 cup cashews (unsalted and not roasted)

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 cup canola oil or olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika powder

Directions

  • Peel the potatoes and the carrots. Cut them into small cubes. Cook until soft. I usually use my Instant Pot to cook them. 
  • Once the potatoes and the carrots are soft, transfer them to a high speed blender together with the remaining ingredients. 
  • Process until smooth. This will take about a minute. 
  • Transfer to a small pot and cook for a minute. The vegan nacho sauce will thicken up when being heated. 
  • Serve with nachos and sprinkle with chopped jalapeños. I also added a bit of salsa in the middle of the bowl. Enjoy! 

Notes

  • It’s very important that you use a high speed blender for this recipe. Otherwise the vegan nacho cheese won’t become as creamy. I used a Vitamix, which I absolutely love. 
  • If you want to make it a bit easier for your blender, you can soak the cashews overnight in cold water or 30 minutes in boiling water. This step is, however, not necessary if you use a Vitamix like I did.
  • Please don’t leave out any of the ingredients. I often list ingredients as optional, but in this recipe you need all of them for the right consistency and the right taste. It took me a while to perfect my vegan nacho cheese recipe. 
  • I like to serve my vegan nacho cheese with a bit of salsa on top. I think it’s a great combination, but of course that’s totally optional. 
  • You could also use the nacho cheese sauce for burritos, vegan quesadillas, or even baked potatoes. 
  • If you want to make it less spicy, reduce the amount of jalapeños and leave out the hot sauce. 

This recipe was created by veganheaven read the full article here

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