Nachos you can feel good about eating? Heck yeah! ‘Cheese’ sauce made out of veggies? You bet! Loaded plant based nachos are where it’s at.
This vegan cheese sauce is the bomb. There are many similar recipes out there, but I wanted to reduce the oil (you could use none, but I like some) and made the addition of miso (awesome umami goodness). If you are reallyyy not into using pickled jalapeños you could sub the pickle juice for a little less quantity of apple cider vinegar (1.5 tsp). But I definitely recommend it with the jalapeño. It’s really not very spicy, though I suppose that could depend on your brand.
Let’s chat about potatoes. For this recipe you’re better off with white/yellow/red potatoes (or one with a similar texture) rather than something like a russet. Russets tend to be a little more mealy, which will give your plant based cheese sauce mashed potato vibes (probably not what you want). You might want to gravitate towards smaller potatoes as well. General I prefer to use white potatoes because peeling is unnecessary – personally I don’t mind the tiny bits of skin.
As with most things that I make, you can and should customize this recipe to your liking. Put on whatever toppings tickle your fancy. These are just the ones I was feeling.
Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
2 cup Boiled Potatoes
1 cup Boiled Carrots
1/2-1 cup Water
1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
1 tbs Oil*
1 tbs Miso Paste
2 tbs Pickled Jalapeño Juice
3 tbs Tapioca Starch
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
Extra Pickled Jalapeños (optional)
1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor. (Peel the potatoes if they have a thick skin)
2. Transfer the cheese sauce to a pot and cook over medium heat. Heat until tapioca starch begins the thicken and sauce reaches desired consistency.
3. Assemble nacho ingredients in layers. Optional: bake nachos at 350F for 5-10 minutes.
*Use refined oil if you don’t want the flavour of the oil present. I try to reduce my refined oil intake, so I often opt for unrefined coconut oil. But that does impart flavor!
The possible applications of this plant based cheese sauce are not limited to vegan nachos though! You can slap this stuff on anything. We like to dip pretty much anything in it.
If you make this vegan cheese sauce, be sure to share with me on social media 🙂
Have a wonderful week.