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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  1. Molly McDaniel-Rentschler Reply

    Oooooh, I can’t wait to try this!!

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  4. I made this the other night for my family and it was love at first bite! I agree with what you said about not having it often because we plowed through the chips and cheez and could have gleefully eaten more. Our stomachs cried uncle way before our mouths did! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  5. Reni Reply

    We LOVED this. Thank you so much for sharing. I had pretty much given up on good vegan cheese sauces. And you are right – this leads to over consumption of snack food. :)

  6. Niki Reply

    This is my new FAVORITE treat! Thank you so much for sharing it. It really is the best “cheese” sauce I’ve ever tasted, hands down! If you want to avoid the “large consumption of chips” issue, I can’t recommend this enough on a baked potato. We load the potato with steamed broccoli and then smother the whole thing. It’s becoming a regular rotation dinner for us when we need something easy. Though today the leftovers led to the chip consumption thing so I get that there’s always that risk. :)

    • Sounds so good on a potato! Glad you enjoy it!!!

    • If I know I’m going to make that sauce, I make sure my chip supply is limited!! 😉

  7. Heidi Reply

    Just wanted to say thank you–we have this all the time! We’ve moved on from chips to kale/quinoa bowls or really anything we can think of :-)

    • aprilcmast Reply

      Oh I’m so glad!!! Thanks for your support! :-)

    • aprilcmast Reply

      Yay! I’m so glad!! :-)

  8. Meredith Reply

    Loved this! I love medium rare steak and tofu so I pretty much just enjoy food. This was insane it was so good! My six year old loved it too! I think it would be a good “fondue” option as well! Great to dip Granny Smith apples in because that sour with cheese is yum! To dip broccoli in just add some crushed red pepper flakes for a little spice, to dip carrot sticks and pepper slices in! Yummo! For the picture above did you use a meat substitute? I see chunks of something that looks like sloppy joe meat is that just from the refried beans?