Vegan Nacho Cheese Recipe

Updated on December 20, 2019
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Brianna developed this recipe to help fight off cheese cravings when she first went vegan.

Although you may not have these snap peas in mind during your fridge quest for dippers, they're delicious with anything.
Although you may not have these snap peas in mind during your fridge quest for dippers, they're delicious with anything.

You Cheezin'?

As a recent transfer from the omnivore party to those crazy vegans, I sometimes still get cravings for cheese—nacho cheese in particular. Seeing that bowl of queso sitting on the table at my most recent party encounter, I wondered how I could find a plant-based alternative without needing to buy much. Don't get me wrong, manufactured vegan cheeses are great, but most of these brands are expensive. Also, unless you live near a store that carries these brands, you end up choosing between costly cheese or going without your comfort food.

During my initial "how-to" vegan research, I found that most vegan cheeses are either made from soy or cashews, and sometimes even the favorite hippie super-food: nutritional yeast, which is basically like the non-dairy version of cheese puff flakes.

The first time I tested this recipe, it needed some tweaking, but as of now this recipe is a household favorite. We love nachos, but you can use this cheese on anything from sandwiches, baked potatoes, and burritos to enchiladas, mac-n-cheese, and just plain bread. Basically, if you like cheese, you can put this on anything for a gooey, cheesy craving to fill. Grab your chips, people!

Can't find chips? Pumpernickel bread is THE with this cheese.
Can't find chips? Pumpernickel bread is THE with this cheese.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 10 to 15 portions (based on your need for cheese)


  • 2 medium-large potatoes, diced
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup plain, unsweetend almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, (fresher is better)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup cashews, (ground in food processor or blender)


  1. Place diced potatoes and carrots in a pot of water filled with just enough water to fill the bottom. Steam until soft.
  2. Add potatoes, carrots, and all remaining ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. There should be no chunks, so blend as long as you need until you achieve the desired texture.
  3. (Optional) Add in diced jalepeno or bell peppers with a teaspoon of chili powder and a teaspoon of cumin for a spicier cheese. And for sriracha lovers, try adding a few drops of sriracha sauce to the mix for an even spicier kick.

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    • ShailaSheshadri profile image


      3 years ago from Bengaluru

      Looks like a good recipe. I will first gather the ingredients and try it!

    • Bananagrams17 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brianna Camp 

      3 years ago from Greenville, PA

      Well thanks I appreciate it. :) This recipe is so worth it.

    • KsenijaZ profile image


      3 years ago from Novo mesto, Slovenia

      Sounds great, I will try it! Great photos btw! Ksenija


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