The BEST Vegan Nacho Cheese Recipe (it’s super easy too!)

The BEST Vegan Nacho Cheese Recipe (it’s super easy too!)


– Hi, friends! It’s Sam, and today I’m gonna show you how to make my melty, stretchy, gooey, vegan nacho cheese! Oh-wee! Nacho cheese! I just love it! What am I even talking about? Yes, this is my favorite
homemade vegan cheese. But don’t be intimidated! This is a very easy recipe to make, taking only about 15 minutes from start to finish. And you’ve made yourself
a homemade vegan cheese. How cool is that? And bonus points! It’s cheaper than store bought, it tastes better than store bought, and most of the ingredients, you can keep in your pantry at all times. Meaning you can have vegan nacho cheese on demand. Yes! So let’s get to making vegan nacho cheese. Are you ready? I’m ready. The first ingredient we’ll
need is soaked cashews, and if you have made some vegan recipes before, you might’ve seen soaked cashews. And you’re supposed to cover the cashews in water and soak ’em overnight. Well, if you know me, I am not a person who’s patient. And I’m also not the greatest at planning ahead, so I have an excellent hack for that. Are you ready? It’s a secret. Just boil them for 10 minutes. That’s it! All you have to do is add the cashews to a small pot, cover them with water, boil for about 10 minutes
until they are nice and tender, drain and rinse with water, and then there you have it. Soaked cashews. It’s such a quick and easy hack, and you don’t have to be prepared ahead of time. So there’s the first 10 minutes of the recipe spent and now
for the remaining five minutes to make the recipe. Here we go. So once your cashews are softened, you’re going to need a blender. Boom! Add the soaked cashews
to the blender like so. A little bit’s left. Get in there! Now to the cashews, add water. Tapioca starch, or it’s
also called tapioca flour. Now tapioca starch is key for this recipe. Using it makes the cheese stretchy, and if you substitute another
starch like corn starch, potato starch, arrowroot powder, any of those, they will
make a thickened sauce. But they will never get that stretch. Tapioca starch is key
for the stretchy part of the cheese. Nutritional yeast. Squeeze, lemon! Cooking sounds with Sam. Lemon juice. Salt. White miso paste. So miso paste is the
same stuff that is used to make miso soup, but it’s basically just fermented soybean paste. And so in this recipe, it
helps provide a fermented, aged cheese kind of taste. It’s one of my many hacks that I like to do. Paprika. I’m just using a regular sweet paprika, but if you want a smoky paprika flavor, you can do that. Maple syrup or agave. Today I’m gonna use agave. Onion powder. Garlic powder. And tumeric. So we’ll now just pop on
the lid and blend this until 100% smooth and creamy. (blender whirring)
Yeah! Ooh! It’s done. That smells cheesy delicious already. Oh man, that does smell good. So let’s hop over to the stove and finish making this cheese. Grab yourself a pot, pour
in our nacho cheese mixture. You can see that it’s very watery. It’s kind of like a milky texture, and that’s just what you would want. Don’t worry. It’ll get cheesy and stretchy and melty and gooey in this step. So turn this on. Now keep stirring it
while you’re heating it up and very quickly, you’ll start to notice little clumps form. And before you know it,
more clumps will form. And more clumps will form,
and then it’ll just turn into one, gooey, stretchy, melty mass. It only takes about three to five minutes of cooking, and then you have your gooey, melty, stretchy cheese. Look how cool that is. It is so melty, stretchy, gooey, cheesy. Isn’t that amazing? Look at the cheese strings. And at this point, you can use it however you want. You can put it on a baked potato, you can put it on some cooked broccoli. But I’m gonna make it a different way! Making some nachos! Yeah! A mountain of tortilla chips. Are you ready for it? Let’s do it. Oh yeah, baby! Look at that cheese! I am generous with the cheese! Now for my nachos to make ’em epic, some black beans. Cherry tomatoes, sliced jalapenos. I like spice. Beautiful. Some chunks of avocado. I mean, look how epic this is getting! Epic! Some black, sliced olives. Of course, you can do whatever your favorite nacho toppings are. You don’t have to follow my rules. This is what I’m feeling right now, and this is also what
I have in the fridge. And chopped cilantro. Okay. Do you see this gorgeous platter? Oh my God, it looks so good! And now the best part is the taste test. Let me get a good, cheesy chip in there. Ooh! (upbeat music) Mmm! Mm! Mmm, mmm. That is good. Wait, I need to do that again. Oh yeah. Cheesy. Mmm! Mmm, mm-hmm. That is so good. The cheese is melty, it’s stretchy, gooey, but it’s also creamy and full of flavor. It’s got that kind of sharp tang of a good cheddar. Oh, it’s so yummy. Makes for a great plate of nachos, but you can use this
anywhere you want a melty, stretchy, gooey cheese. As always, I’ll pop the
link to the full recipe down below in the description and one up here as well. I actually have two
versions of this recipe. One on my blog and one in my cookbook, and they are slightly
different from each other. In the book, it’s kind
of my new improved kind of different idea. And this one I’m making today is from my blog. They’re both delicious. You’ll enjoy both of them, so make whichever one you prefer. They have a slight bit
of taste difference, so you can maybe make both. And see which one you prefer. I hope you liked this recipe and video. If you do, let me know by leaving a like. Leave a comment if you
give this recipe a try, and let me know how it turns out for you. I hope you love it as much as I do. Don’t forget to subscribe for a brand, shiny new, plus free, vegan
video every single Wednesday. And I’ll see you next week. Bon appetegan! (upbeat music) It’s a bad thing that
I have this whole plate of nachos to myself because
I’m gonna eat the whole thing.

22 thoughts on “The BEST Vegan Nacho Cheese Recipe (it’s super easy too!)

  1. This was the first recipe I made from your cookbook! I ALWAYS have a jar of it in the fridge.
    I add 1/4 teaspoon chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to give it a little kick 🌶 🌶🌶
    Love it!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. WOW!! I just came here to see what kind of toppings you put on your Vegan Nachos and now I'm pulling black beans out of my pantry!!! Girl, you are contagious. I just subscribed and I cant wait to go back and look at all your videos! Love your energy.

  3. ok i have to say it…you look so good in this i had to rewind many times because i couldn't hear what u were saying, i was too mezmerized by your beauty!

  4. Oh No…..I’m going to Costco today and they have a big bag of my favorite chips on sale. What to do, what to do, 🤪

  5. Ok, I am not vegan but I am super interested in vegan cooking (its like magic) so I try out a few recipes here and there. I tried a recipe for nacho cheese from another You Tubber that was supposed to be the end all. But it was so crazy horrible that i was like yeah never freaking again . However I took a gamble and made your cheese sauce. So glad i did! This stuff is freaking amazing, better than any vegan or non vegan cheese sauce i have ever tasted. Thank you Sam! You rock the house!

  6. All the best vegan cheeses (in my opinion) use tapioca starch, nooch, or miso paste (and lemon juice for the tang is also pretty much necessary). The genius here is using ALL THREE. This is truly, the ultimate vegan cheese recipe.

  7. Made this today…great! Just great! I added jalapeños and some of the vinegar juice, OMG you’d never know! ♥️

  8. This recipe was so good. I added more spice though. We did chili cheese tots with this cheese. 😋

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