Real-Deal Nacho Cheeze

I haven’t made this in awhile… not because it’s not THE BEST NACHO CHEEZE EVER but because making this leads to a large consumption of chips and other snacks type things we don’t really eat too often. Yes, I know people need to splurge every now and when we do it’s for this sauce and these nachos! I usually double this recipe and mix it in my VitaMix. I use my TVP Meat with Hidden Greens recipe for the “meat” part of our nachos… my family loves this for nachos, burritos, tacos and anything with a Mexican flair!

For a really good bean dip, add a single batch of this nacho cheese to this bean dip recipe and stir to combine. Serve in a small crockpot to keep warm – good with chips of any kind!

1 can refried beans
1/2 cup vegan sour cream
small can chopped green chiles 
1 packet taco seasoning – or a batch of the homemade taco seasoning 
1 green onion, chopped (optional)

P.S. I made this for my Grandpa and Uncle, SERIOUS MEAT EATERS from Colorado… they had no idea it was dairy-free!! They were confused when I told them… “what do you mean it’s cheese without cheese??” 😉

Real-Deal Nacho Cheeze

Real-Deal Nacho Cheeze

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews 
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 2 ounces pimientos (half of a 4 oz. jar)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies (optional but SO GOOD!)


1. Soak cashews in hot water while combining the remaining ingredients (except chiles) in a blender. If you don’t have a high powered blender, soak cashews for an hour or two in hot water first.

2. Add cashews to blender and process on high for 1-2 minutes.

3. Cook in a sauce pan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Add chiles and serve or use in other recipes that call for cheese sauce.

Blend ingredients except for cashews

Add cashews and blend for 1-2 minutes

Done blending

Heat and stir until thickened

Add green chiles (if using)

Ready to serve! Tell me that doesn’t look like the real thing!?!


* Another good vegan cheese recipe for ya!

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