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Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

Photo: Jamie Vespa

6 servings - 3 tablespoons per serving

"I could never give up cheese." is probably one of the phrases that vegans hear the most. But there's no need to miss out on creamy "cheesy" nacho sauce when living a plant-based lifestyle. This rich and spicy "cheese" sauce is totally free of dairy thanks to a base of soaked cashews and nutritional yeast. It's a real game changer and would be perfect for drizzling on top of nachos, enchiladas, or anything that needs a dash of cheesy vegan flavor.


  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 92
  • fat 6.2 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 3.5 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 3.5 g
  • carbohydrate 5.8 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 0 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 164 mg
  • calcium 14 mg
  • sugars 1.7 g

How to Make It

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. Process for 3-4 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed, until smooth.