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A bowl of vegan nacho cheese without cashews on a serving plate with chips, carrots, and celery.

Vegan Nacho Cheese without Cashews

  • Author: Elena Contis
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


If you’ve ever wondered how to make the creamiest, dreamiest Vegan Nacho Cheese Without Cashews, you’ve come to the right place. My nut-free, soy-free, and dairy-free nacho cheese recipe has all the flavor and pourable consistency you crave but is completely plant-based. Best of all, it is made with just 10 simple ingredients in only 30 minutes!


  • 1 cup potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of water from the pot
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk (I used oat milk for this recipe)
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric for color
  • Optional garnishes: jalapeños, cilantro, or green onions


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil, and place the potatoes, carrots, and onions in the pot once it's boiling. Boil for about 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Save at least 1/2 cup of the water from the pot, then drain and transfer the potatoes, carrots, and onions to a high-speed blender.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients along with the boiled veggies into the blender, starting with 1/4 cup of the water reserved from the pot and adding more to get your desired consistency. Blend until completely smooth, and adjust any seasonings to your liking.
  3. Pour into a serving bowl, garnish with jalapenos, green onions, and/or cilantro, and serve with chips for dipping!
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 41
  • Sugar: 2.9g
  • Sodium: 211mg
  • Fat: 0.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.6g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Protein: 1.4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: nacho cheese, no cashews, potatoes, carrots, garlic