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Hand holding tortilla chip dipped in vegan nacho cheese

Easy vegan nacho cheese

The best vegan nacho cheese recipe. Rich, creamy and delicious. Made with cashews, nutritional yeast and more.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: dairy free dressing, queso, vegan nachos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Maria

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 small potato
  • 1 carrot
  • 6 pickled jalapeno slices
  • 3 tbsp pickled jalapeno brine
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp salsa (optional. Add this in the end and don't add this to the blender)

Instructions

  • Peel and roughly chop potatoes and carrots. Place carrots, potatoes and raw cashews into a sauce pan and cover with water.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes and carrots are tender. About 8-10 minutes.
  • Drain the water from the sauce pan and add the potatoes, carrots and cashews to a blender as well as all the ingredients, MINUS THE SALSA, above.
  • Blend on high until well combined. Add a splash of water or two if it's too thick.
  • Transfer the cheese sauce to a sauce pan and heat on low until sauce thickens, stirring the whole time.
  • Stir in a couple spoonfuls of salsa if you'd like. Taste, and add salt if needed.
  • Serve over tortilla chips and top with your favorite nacho toppings.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy vegan nacho cheese
Amount per Serving
Calories
244
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Sodium
 
747
mg
32
%
Potassium
 
597
mg
17
%
Carbohydrates
 
23
g
8
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
9
g
18
%
Vitamin A
 
2970
IU
59
%
Vitamin C
 
13
mg
16
%
Calcium
 
36
mg
4
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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