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Hand holding tortilla chip dipped in vegan nacho cheese

Plant based queso (vegan nacho cheese)

The best vegan nacho cheese recipe. Rich, creamy and delicious. Made with cashews, nutritional yeast and more.
4.17 from 6 votes
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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

Boil

  • 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.
    1 cup raw cashews, 1 small potato, 1 carrot

Blend

  • 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.
    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, ⅓ cup nutritional yeast, ½ tsp salt, 2 cups water

Warm up on the stove

  • 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.
    2 tbsp salsa
  • Serve over tortilla chips and top with your favorite nacho toppings.

Notes

This keeps in an air tight container in the fridge for about a week.
This can be frozen in a freezer friendly bag for 3 months. Just thaw out in the fridge before using.
Re-heating - When you re-heat, you will need to add a few splashes of water, since this thickens up a lot after storing.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Plant based queso (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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