When I transitioned to a plant-based diet, I struggled with giving up cheese. In fact, the only time I ever swayed from a vegan diet involved cheese. But, back then, vegan cheese products tasted vile and certainly didn't melt. So, I went on a mission to make a vegan nacho cheese sauce made with vegetables that tasted like cheese.
Back in the day, before healthy eating and eating plant-based, my mom used to make a nacho cheese sauce from Velveeta Cheese and Rotel tomatoes.
Of course, it was my favorite nacho cheese dip for tortilla chips. At the time, however, I didn't know anything about nutrition or that Vetvetta wasn't even food.
Since then, I've developed a vegan nacho cheese sauce recipe with a variety of variations. And, my nacho cheese sauce is made with only vegetables and some seasoning.
Needless to say, I wouldn’t eat Velveeta again if you paid me, but I had an epiphany today about how to give my ‘cheese’ sauce the little kick it needed, and it worked!
Although many vegan ‘cheese’ sauce recipes are made from potatoes and carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or white beans, I wanted to make an oil-free nacho "cheese" sauce that could adapt for a lot of different recipes.
Also, I planned to use that base recipe to make different flavored vegan cheese sauce recipes for different dishes.
What ingredients are in vegan nacho cheese sauce?
- Idaho potatoes
- Nutritional yeast
- Lemon juice
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Vegetable broth
- Tamari, liquid aminos, or soy sauce
- Hot sauce (I used Chalupa)
Making vegan nacho cheese sauce is easy
To make this easy cheesy sauce, all you need is a high-speed blender. Then, make sure the potatoes and carrots are the same sizes so they boil evenly.
Once boiled and drained, combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Next, scrape down the sides and blended again to ensure the cheese sauce is the texture of a cheese sauce worth being poured on nachos, inside a sandwich, or perfect for your favorite tortilla chips.
How to use the base nacho cheese sauce recipe for different recipes
Not only is vegan cheese sauce delicious, but it's also a great addition to a baked potato on top of broccoli, and kids LOVE it!
First, the beauty of this vegan nacho cheese sauce is the variety of ways you can change its flavor by changing just a few ingredients.
- Smokey Vegan Cheese Sauce: remove the jalapeno from the recipe and add 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke.
- Plain Vegan Cheese Sauce: remove the jalapeno, and it's the perfect sauce for a Healthy Mac and Cheese.
- Spicy Vegan Cheese Sauce: add 1 adobo chili pepper and 1 teaspoon sauce from the can
- Copycat Spicy Velveta Dip: add 1 9 ounces can of Rotel Tomatoes with green chili (pick your heat: mild, medium, or hot)
Another suggestion to transform vegan nacho cheese sauce is to make a Mustard Cheese Dip for pretzels or vegetables by adding a little water and some yellow mustard. If you aren't a mustard fan, add a little of your favorite beer for beer cheese.
Furthermore, I use vegan nacho cheese dip as the base for my favorite Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip. Not only is this recipe a family favorite, I always bring this recipe to parties.
Also, I use vegan nacho cheese sauce for my Vegan Chili Mac recipe base, which is definitely one of my kids' favorite meals.
To make my Vegan Chili Mac recipe, I use the same vegan nacho cheese sauce recipe, noodles of choice, and add:
- 2 cups cooked lentils
- 2 cans Organic Tomato Sauce
- 1 can Roasted Tomatoes
- 1 large white onion, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (leave out if you don't like a little spice)
- 1 package vegan chili seasoning
For example, my vegan nacho cheese sauce recipe is also used for the base cheese sauce in my Crunchwrap Supreme Recipe, one of my personal favorites. Instead of going to Taco Bell, make healthy Taco Bell at home.
Another favorite recipe using vegan nacho cheese sauce as the base is my Chili Cheese Dip, another party favorite!
Regardless of what you plan to make, vegan nacho cheese dip can transform any cheesy meal. Make a large amount of base cheese sauce in advance, and add that special flavor for whatever occasion you choose. Or, add it to your recipes with cheese as the main ingredient. You won't be disappointed.
There isn’t a carnivore alive that would have any idea this isn’t the real deal, and it happens to be oil-free and virtually fat-free as well. So, give it a try, and don’t tell those plant-based skeptics the truth. It’s our little secret.
OTHER RECIPES TO USE VEGAN NACHO CHEESE SAUCE
- Vegan Chipotle Mac and Cheese
- Easy Cheesy No Oil Hash Brown Casserole
- Skinny Cauliflower Nachos
- Vegan Guilt-Free Potato Nachos; A Game Day Treat!
- Skinny Vegan Potato Skins
- The Best Ultimate Vegan Lentil Black Bean Burrito Ever
- Skinny Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂