Vegan Nacho Cheese Recipe | Dairy-Free, Nut-Free & Gluten-Free

By September 18, 2019Sauces, Vegan Recipes

Whether you’re having friends over or making nachos for the family, this vegan nacho cheese recipe is perfect for those with nut, dairy or gluten allergies, since it’s 100% plant-based! Most cheeses will be made from either dairy, nuts or have gluten and I wanted to make a cheese recipe that was accessible for people with allergies or for those who wanted to make their own homemade plant-based cheese! It’s a win-win situation!Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

Born in Germany and raised by Europeans who love cheese, I grew up loving all cheeses. And when I became vegan 9 years ago, I made it a mission to find or create the best vegan cheese substitutes! (See my Vegan Mozzarella recipe or Vegan Feta recipe)

If you’re looking for melty, gooey and delicious vegan cheese for nachos, tacos or frankly anything… you’ve come to the right recipe website! This recipe is all about using simple ingredients you can find in almost any grocery store and how to turn it into a delicious nacho cheese recipe!

You can share & print my recipe below to make your own Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce! Or you can watch me on YouTube show you how to make it!Vegan Nacho Cheese Recipe

Related Recipe: Best Vegan Mozzarella Cheese

Hi, I’m Candice & welcome to The Edgy Veg! Where I veganize popular food recipes for vegans, plant-based diets, eco-conscious eaters & people who are trying to eat more plants over… y’know animals or by-products of animals.

This recipe is part of my 3-Recipe Series on Making Vegan Cheese from TOFU! Check out these other vegan cheese recipes: Vegan Feta Cheese & Vegan Mozzarella Cheese.

How To Make: Vegan Nacho Cheese Recipe

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Get ready to dip, scoop or dunk your tortilla chips into this delicious vegan nacho cheese! Or feel free to try this recipe on my Vegan Nachos or Tater Totchos Recipe!

Dairy-Free, Nut-Free & Gluten-Free Cheese Sauce

Related Recipe: Best Vegan Feta Cheese

INGREDIENTS FOR VEGAN NACHO CHEESE

INSTRUCTIONS FOR VEGAN NACHO CHEESE

  1. Add silken tofu, carrot, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder, nutritional yeast, and sea salt to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Melt vegan butter or oil in a medium-size pot over medium heat.
  3. Add shallots, garlic and jalapeño and saute for 3-4 minutes until fragrant and softened.
  4. Add cheese sauce mixture to the saucepan and stir to combine, until heated, roughly 2-4 minutes.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips as a dip, or use on top of vegan nachos, as a spread or as a cheese substitute in a mac & cheese.

Voila! Gooey Vegan Nacho Cheese!

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Recipe for Vegan Nacho Cheese

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Vegan Nacho Cheese Recipe | Dairy-Free, Nut-Free & Gluten-Free Nacho Cheese Sauce
 
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If you're looking for melty, gooey and delicious low fat cheese for nachos, tacos or frankly anything... you've come to the right recipe website! This recipe is all about using simple ingredients you can find in almost any grocery store and how to turn it into a delicious nacho cheese recipe!
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Recipe type: Cheese
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1½ cups
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  1. Add silken tofu, carrot, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder, nutritional yeast, and sea salt to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Melt vegan butter or oil in a medium-size pot over medium heat.
  3. Add shallots, garlic and jalapeño and saute for 3-4 minutes until fragrant and softened.
  4. Add cheese sauce mixture to the saucepan and stir to combine, until heated, roughly 2-4 minutes.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips as a dip, or use on top of vegan nachos, as a spread or as a cheese substitute in a mac & cheese.

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8 Comments

  • Carol says:

    Just made it for a group of friends coming over (one was vegan and another was dairy-free so this was perfect!) and boy was it super easy to make and delicious! Definitely adding this recipe to my roster when family or company come over! Thanks Edgy veg!

  • Rebekka Augustine says:

    Update time: We had veggie taco filling left over so we tossed it with elbow macaroni and made this sauce to go on top. Then we advertised it as “queso” to the meat-etarian child in the house without mentioning that there was no actual cheese in it, and he LOVED it. I loved it too, though I noticed it had a slightly sweet taste that I couldn’t put my finger on. Maybe too much carrot? But the colour was perfect, the texture was nice and smooth, and next time we’re going to try it without the jalapenos to see if it works for mac & cheese. 😀

  • Rebekka Augustine says:

    I’m going to try this today! Is it best used right away or can I make it ahead and then reheat it?

  • EdgyVeg says:

    Thanks for watching the videos! Soy milk has more protein and the texture of it works best for this recipe. Using almond milk might make your cheese sauce more watery.

  • Diane P says:

    Can you use almond milk or does it have to be soy milk?
    Keep cranking out videos, I love them and you’re hilarious!!!
    Thanks!

  • Frank B Tucker says:

    Can you use regular tofu or does it have to be silken?

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