Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce. An amazing way for vegans to get B vitamins, it'll fool even the most skeptical! So versatile, too.

Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

The astonishingly delicious nacho cheese sauce with absolutely no dairy and all whole foods! A great way for vegans to get B vitamins, this sauce is perfect on pretty much anything.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword appetizer, cheese sauce, vegan nacho
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 61 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik


  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup cup raw cashews
  • 2 ounce jar pimentos drained
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 - 1 ½ teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder to taste, optional


  1. Combine water and all other ingredients in a Vita-Mix or other blender and blend until completely smooth. If you're using a Vita-Mix, use the "hot soup" setting, and you'll be good to go! Otherwise, transfer mixture to a medium saucepan and whisk constantly over medium-low heat until heated through.
  2. Serve as a dip, drizzle over nachos (think refried black beans, a simple guac, fresh jalapeno slices, homemade salsa, sliced black olives, sautéed mushrooms, diced tomatoes, and thinly sliced red onions..... which is exactly what we had for dinner last night, coincidentally), or burritos.

Recipe Notes

*Omit cumin if using for a non-Mexican application (like steamed broccoli, mac and cheese, etc.), unless you just dig the flavor!

Adapted from ShmooedFood.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
Amount Per Serving (10 g)
Calories 61 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 585mg25%
Potassium 122mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 332IU7%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.