Vegan “Cheese” Sauce

sheet pan nachos at diego's cantina in university city
sheet pan nachos with vegan "cheese" at diego's cantina photo by carmen troesser

Courtesy of Frida’s and Diego’s Cantina’s Natasha Kwan 


1¼ cups water (less if you want a thicker consistency)
1 cup raw cashews (macadamia nuts also work well)*
4 oz. nutritional yeast
2 oz. diced red pepper
1 oz. onion powder
1 tsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. smoked paprika
Dash garlic power
Dash Himalayan sea salt

*You can substitute coconut milk for cashews, but do not add water.


• Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth, up to 3 to 4 minutes, depending on your blender.