tortilla chip being dipped in vegan nacho cheese sauce

10 Minute Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

  • Author: Verna
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/4 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Dressings, gluten free
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce is the real deal! Easy, Cheesy, slightly spicy and seriously good! Just a few ingredients and Ready in 10 minutes! Serve with tortilla chips, loaded vegan nachos and more! It’s gluten free too!



  • 1 cup cashews (no need to soak)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup grated Daiya cheese, (grated from the block)
  • 1/4 cup plain vegan yogurt, I use Silk brand unsweetened Cultured Coconut Yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch (flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt or regular salt
  • 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon Seasoned Vegetable Base
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or pickled jalapeño juice or both!
  • 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeños, chopped small


  1. Add all ingredients, except chopped pickled jalapeños to your Nutra Bullet or blender and process until smooth. I don’t soak the cashews for this recipe and it works great! Super creamy!
  2. Now add the sauce and chopped jalapeños to a medium heavy bottomed pot set to medium heat.  Bring the sauce to a simmer and whisk continuously for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.
  3. Serve warm with tortilla chips, loaded vegan nachos, burritos, quesadillas, or any mexican inspired dishes, or potatoes, over pasta,…etc! Enjoy!
  4. Keep sauce covered in the fridge for 3-5 days. Reheat leftover sauce on the stove or in the microwave


  • if you want it even cheesier feel free to add another 1/4 cup or so of Daiya cheese
  • or if you would like to omit the Daiya completely, substitute 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • I use my Nutra Bullet for this recipe and it works perfectly! (the big cup)

Keywords: vegan nacho cheese sauce