Loaded Vegan Nachos With Cashew Queso

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Loaded Vegan Nachos With Cashew Queso

When you need a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, make these fully loaded vegan nachos!

Nachos don't have a strict recipe, so there’s no “perfect” way to make them. Our favorite nacho toppings are: black beans, salsa, vegan cashew queso, guacamole, red onion, jalapeños, hot sauce, and cilantro. If you prefer a different combo - feel free to mix it up!

Here’s how we do it:



  • 3/4 cup hot water (add more if necessary)

  • 1 cup raw cashews

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste

  • 1 Tbsp harissa (or sub hot salsa, hot sauce, or 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce)

1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy, adding more water as needed.

2. Add just enough water to achieve a creamy, pourable queso. If it gets too thin, thicken with additional raw cashews.

3. Taste and adjust the flavors as needed: adding more nutritional yeast for cheesiness, salt to taste, cumin for Mexican flavor, garlic, chili powder or harissa for heat. It should be quite flavorful.

Note: Reheat in microwave or in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add more water as needed if it thickens when reheating.



  • Restaurant-style tortilla chips

  • 1 batch Vegan Queso (see recipe)

  • 1 can black beans (drained)

  • 1 cup guacamole (see notes below)

  • 1 cup chunky salsa

  • Hot sauce

  • Fresh Toppings: cilantro, sliced fresh jalapenos, chopped red onion, fresh corn, shredded cabbage and lettuces, sliced cherry tomatoes


  1. Prepare the Vegan Queso.

  2. Heat up your black beans in a small saucepan and season with a little sea salt and spices: We love garlic, cumin, and chili powder.

  3. Next, prepare your guacamole by mashing your avocado with lime juice and sea salt. Adjust seasonings as needed.

  4. Arrange your chips on a large serving platter (or individual plates) and add toppings. Black beans first, then queso, salsa, guacamole, red onion, fresh veggie toppings, hot sauce, and cilantro. Enjoy!