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How to Make Vegan Nacho Cheese | A healthy vegan nacho cheese sauce recipe

Vegan Nacho Cheese (Easy Blender Queso!)

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup 1x


This vegan nacho cheese sauce is easy and tastes unbelievably like the real thing! Essentially a plant based queso, it’s creamy and packed with favor.



  • 1 cup raw unsalted whole cashews
  • 1 7 ounce can mild green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (make sure it’s not spicy!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (for color, optional)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Soak or boil the cashews: Place the cashews in a bowl with water and allow them to soak for at least 1 hour (or longer, overnight if you think ahead.) OR Time saver trick! Place the cashews in a pot on the stovetop and cover with 2 inches hot water. Bring to a boil, then boil 10 minutes (for high speed blender) or 15 minutes (for standard blender). 
  2. Drain the cashews. 
  3. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend on high until creamy and fully combined. Place in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator.
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Nacho Cheese, Vegan Nacho Cheese, Queso, Vegan Queso, Mexican, Cashew Cheese, Vegan Cashew Cheese, Nacho Cheese Sauce