So last month when the Superbowl rolled around and everyone was posting their snacks and party foods I obviously got hungry for nachos and had to do something about it. I did some preliminary research for vegan queso recipes and saw a lot of cashew based recipes or what some reviewers described as potato-carrot soups, so I figured it best to from scratch on my own version.
My son can't eat nuts so cashews were out, and they are also super expensive. I feel like there is an unwritten code that nachos or any junk foods of my 1990's, Saved by the Bell watching, youth should be able to be made on the cheap, amiright? For some reason potato as an ingredient threw me off. I wanted this queso to be rich and creamy and potatoes can have a chalky texture and become gummy when you over-mix them.
The first idea that came to mind was to follow the basis of making a béchamel sauce: make a roux (flour/oil thickener) and whisk in milk and cream to make a lush creamy sauce. Following that route I just needed to obtain that nacho cheese orange color and cheesy flavor with a hint of spice. I used carrot, annatto and paprika for color and flavor along with other flavorings, all of which you most likely have in your kitchen already.
The first try was bomb status, I'm being honest. We engorged ourselves on the best nachos ever that night. No regrets. Then the rest of February was a wash (the kid brought home the flu from school and we all got it, thanks kid) and I didn't get to test my queso recipe again until just this week. Test results confirmed that this queso achieves college munchies glory and again we made a finger-licking dinner out of piles of nachos. Still no regrets there.
So... I'm now super happy and excited to share this easy, vegan, and cheap(!) nacho cheese sauce with you guys! I hope you love it and have an equally amazing vegan nachos experience as we did (twice now, ahem). If you try this recipe please leave a star rating belwo and let me know how it went in the comments. I love hearing from you!
Stay tuned for a post featuring this queso recipe. Our ultimate vegan nachos are coming up next!
video and full recipe below...
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