We know there are a lot of different ways to go about making your own Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce.
And we would be remiss if we didn’t offer all of our plant-based friends an option of how they can easily infuse amazing depth of flavour into their beloved cheese sauces. When you read the ingredient list, it may look like a lot, but the ingredients selected lend authenticity to the mouth-feel and colour you’d expect in a cheese sauce.
We then tie all these flavours together with the easy addition of our Fried Onion. This flavour is a MUST HAVE for any savory dish – it is so good, but even better, it is so versatile. It elevates and complements other savory flavours while eliminating the eye-watering step of chopping and frying raw onions. With no lingering odors left in your kitchen, it’s an easy slam dunk for your next pre-game party!
Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
- Frying Pan
- 1 cup roasted cashews
- 1 cup almond milk
- 3/4 cup water divided
- 1/2 medium russet potato (approx 180g/6oz) peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large cloves garlic halved
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
- 2 tsp cider vinegar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp +20 drops Hedessent Fried Onion Flavour
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add chipotle, salt, cumin, and paprika and cook for 1 minute.
- Stir in cashews and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in almond milk and ½ cup water and cook until potatoes are tender, about 5 minutes.
- Scrape into a blender. Whirl until smooth, adding the remaining ¼ cup water if mixture is too thick. Add vinegar, sugar, and Fried Onion flavour. Pulse to combine.
- Scrape into serving bowl and serve with tortilla chips.
Refrigerate for up to 3 days in a covered container. Bring to room temperature before serving or heat in microwave until just hot. Pro Tip #2:
Serve over baked potatoes, sweet potato fries, charred broccoli, cauliflower steak, drizzled on a vegan pizza, or in macaroni and cheese. Note: If you are new to cooking with flavour, we always recommend trying a recipe as-is before you alter it. If you’re looking to add some of our other savory flavours to this recipe, like our Cheddar or Parmesan, remember only a few drops will do. These are concentrated flavours, so always start lightly, taste, and adjust to your liking. Happy Cooking!