I’ve been wanting some really good vegan nachos for like ever.
We’re talking chips piled high with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, pinto beans, avocado, tofu, corn, red onions, cilantro, salsa…
…and then everything should be smothered in a ‘cheesy’ sauce.
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve picked up my phone and searched for “Best Vegan Nachos in Houston.”
Only to find…not much of anything.
And then I was totally like, “Hey, wait a minute, I have a food blog. Why don’t I just make the things myself?”
So here we are.
My main worry was how to make the ‘cheese.’
Because you can’t have nachos without cheese.
And I can’t have dairy without .*
See the dilemma?
Luckily, when you mix together nutritional yeast and cashews, a cheesy delicious sauce is created.
So naturally, I’ve been dipping everything in it. Lettuce, sweet potatoes, tofu strips, spoons, chips, celery…but back to the nachos. They were exactly what I’ve been looking for.
*fill in negative side effect of choice.
Vegan Cheese Sauce
makes about 2 cups
[inspired by my appetite...which you can now view on instagram:) username=immaeatthat]
1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp cashews, toasted
1 cup nutritional yeast
5 turns/cranks of Alessi Dipping Spices Seasoning (can just substitute in ~1/2 tsp ground sea salt)
Add oil to a saute pan and heat over medium-high heat. Once oil is heated, add in your chopped onion and red pepper. Season with salt and pepper. Saute vegetables for about 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Once vegetables have softened, stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer your sauteed mixture to a blender. To the blender, also add in the nutritional yeast, cashews, and alessi dipping spices seasoning. Blend until smooth. Serve hot or cold.
Loaded Vegan Nachos
serves 1 happy person
16 Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
Piled high with…
3/4 cup shredded cabbage
1/4 cup chopped tomato
1/2 block tofu made via this method
1/4 large avocado
3 heaping Tbsp Vegan Cheese Sauce (the above recipe)