Instant Pot Vegan Nacho ‘Cheese’

Dairy free nacho cheese?  Yes, it’s possible! Butternut squash, cashews and spices come together to make a creamy cheezy sauce/dip.  



Ready In:

30  min



Good For:

Appetizer, Main Course


About this Recipe

NACHOS!  Do I need to say more?  

If you are like me and occassionally miss certain dairy filled treats like nachos, then this recipe is for you.  100% plant based and packed with fiber and nutrients like Vitamin A from the butternut squash, this ‘cheese’ sauce is something you can feel good about indulging in.



  • 1/2 Cup Cashews Soaked in hot water for 30 min
  • 1 1/2 Cup Butternut Squash Peeled and chopped in 1 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sweet Onion about 1/2 of a large onion
  • 1/2 Cup Nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 Cup Salsa Or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard yellow mustard works too
  • 1 Tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Black pepper Ground
  • 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg Optional


  • Add butternut squash and onions to instant pot and add 1 cup water. Cook 4 at high for 4 minutes, natural pressure release. (about 15 minutes).
  • When squash and onions are done cooking, drain reserving 1/4 cup liquid .
  • Add the cashews, lemon juice, salt, dijon, garlic powder, black pepper, smoked paprika, turmeric, nutmeg and reserved cooking liquid and use an immersion blender until completely smooth.
  • Mix in salsa to taste
  • Serve over chips for nachos or on the side as a dipping sauce



Serving: 1cup | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | 
Saturated Fat: 1g | 
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | 
Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | 
Sodium: 835mg | Potassium: 609mg |
 Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | 
Vitamin A: 5987IU | 
Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg
  • Daily fiber recommendations are approximately 25g fiber per day based on a 2000 calorie diet,  One serving of this sauce provides 20% of your daily fiber.
  • I’m sure you know that vitamin A is important for vision health. Did you know that it plays also plays a role in cell growth, bone health, immune functions including promoting gut health and helps fight both cancer and heart disease? ⁠
  • It is also important to note that vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin meaning your body needs fat in the diet to absorb it. ⁠