Plant-Based Nacho Cheese

If you ever thought nacho cheese was out of your plant-based equation, let me hit you with this fantastically easy, ultra creamy recipe!

It’s super simple and nutrient dense, and begs to be topped off with some savory ground walnut meat, juicy tomatoes, spicy jalapeños, and cilantro! Best of all, this recipe features unexpected ingredients that are most likely in your kitchen.

The special ingredients in this mix are potatoes and carrots! These humble vegetables create a masterpiece for a melty experience. The famous potato provides important minerals such as iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. When blended with water, the starch molecules produce a very thick and creamy, cheese-like consistency- a blissful alternative to dairy nacho cheese.

The carrots add a pretty orange hue to the mix, providing a healthy amount of vitamin A and beta carotene–awesome for eyes, skin, hair, and nails. And let’s not forget the unbelievably creamy cashew! This guy shines bright in any plant-based cheese recipe.

GoingWhy is this nacho cheese a crowd pleaser? It’s:

Velvety

Cheesy

Luscious

Smooth

Versatile

Going-back-for-seconds worthy 

I love building my nacho bowl with ground walnut meat.  I then top it off with any veggies I have on hand. However, it’s so good, you could practically eat it straight from the blender 😉 

Plant-Based Nacho Cheese

Servings: 5

Ready In: 25 mins

Good For: Lunch, Dinner, Snack, Party

Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peeled potatoes (cooked)
  • ½ cup carrots (cooked)
  • ½ cup cashews (soaked)
  • ½ cup yeast flakes
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp lemon juice
  • 1½ cups water

Instructions:

  1. Soak raw cashews overnight, covered in about 2 inches of water. Or, soak for about 10 minutes in hot water.
  2. Chop the potatoes and carrots into small chunks and boil for about 20 minutes or until soft
  3. Drain potatoes, carrots, and cashews
  4. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender
  5. Blend until very smooth

Notes: 

  • Best served hot, straight from blender
  • Add a tad more lemon/salt to suit your taste, if needed
  • Recipe adapted from Simple Vegan Blog 

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4 Comments

  1. Marlene M Howell

    I used white sweet potatoes and it was amazing!

    Reply
    • Melissa Webster

      Hi Marlene! Sounds delicious!!! I’ll have to try that, thank you for sharing. Next time you make it, tag me on insta or fb @CMHsocial—I’d love to see! ?

      Reply
  2. Velena C Smoot

    Hey Melissa, it’s Velena! I love your videos and content. I am super excited to try the Nacho Cheese & the Walnut Meat. I’ve been plant based for a few months now and in need to add new recipes. Your recipes look tasty and easy to make. I cannot wait to try it. Thanks and keep the videos coming. xo

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    • Melissa Webster

      Hi Velena! So good hearing from you! I’m so glad you made the transition to a plant-based lifestyle! I’m hopeful my recipes make your journey easier, and more enjoyable. Thank you for your kind words. xoxo

      Reply

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