Vegan Nacho Cheese

2 Dec

Sundays during football season mean one thing to me-nachos!

I can remember going to freezing November football games in high school and ordering nachos at the food stand. Back then (and probably still now, knowing my high school) the cheese came out of a machine, already warm and thick and spicy. After walking all the way back to the stands, the cheese-coated chips were limp and easy to shovel into your mouth with partially frozen fingers.

This recipe brings me back to that and has slowly become my favorite recipe for nacho cheese. We were out of a Daiya one weekend and I decided to wing it with a traditional vegan cheese sauce. I wasn’t disappointed-it’s the same cheesy taste with more spreadability.

This would be really great with salsa mixed in or on top of enchiladas. Leave a comment below if you have any different ways you would use this!


  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • dash garlic powder, salt, and paprika
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 cup chopped green peppers and onions
  • tortilla chips, to serve


1. In a small saucepan saute the green peppers and onions in the vegan butter for about 5 minutes over medium heat, until softened. Add nutritional yeast and flour to the same saucepan. Season with cumin, paprika, salt, and garlic powder. Whisk in water and heat over medium heat, continually stirring until thick. I added a little hot sauce, but it’s not necessary. Serve with tortilla chips.

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6 Responses to “Vegan Nacho Cheese”

  1. moderngirlnutrition December 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Mmmm this sounds fantastic:) Nutritional yeast is a lifesaver in vegan recipes

  2. liveblissful December 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    I have nominated you for Blog of the year award for 2012 and One Lovely Blog Award

  3. Heidi June 10, 2021 at 10:49 am #

    This looks amazing but where is the liquid? I think you forgot to add water to your recipe.

    • avocadosandales June 10, 2021 at 11:18 am #

      The water is whisked in at the end! 1 cup of water is in the recipe.


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