Vegan Lava Sauce for Volcano Burgers, Nachos, and More

Top view of rich vegan lava sauce surrounded by peppers, garlic, onions, and herbs.
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I use this vegan lava sauce recipe for Volcano Burgers, Tex Mex, French fries, nacho cheese sauce, appetizers, and more. The best part is it’s super spicy.

As a vegan who eats tons of finger foods and massively stacked veggie burgers like Volcanos, I count heavily on the quality of sauces and dips. 

And especially this vegan lava sauce for Tex Mex, French fries, baked potato wedges, nachos, and more. It even rocks pizza, and it’s super rich.

Not to mention spicy, with boatloads of bioactive compounds.

Vegan Lava Sauce Recipe

Bowl of deep red lava sauce surrounded by chilis, garlic, spices, and greens.
Lava sauce is wildly invigorating.

This healthy homemade lava sauce rocks two of the healthiest foods ever—raw organic garlic and ground cayenne. The capsaicin in cayenne is a bioactive phytochemical and powerhouse for human cellular activation.

Garlic, in itself, is a celebrated bioactive with over 17 phytochemicals onboard.

The cheesy comes from Magic Cheese—a popular vegan alternative—and I also add nutritional yeast for a boost.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Lava Sauce Ingredients

  • Vegan mayonnaise.
  • Magic Cheese.
  • Filtered water.
  • Vinegar.
  • Ketchup.
  • Nutritional yeast.
  • Jalapeno.
  • Cilantro.
  • Lactic acid.
  • Paprika.
  • Cayenne pepper.
  • Cumin.
  • Garlic.
  • Onion.
  • Pink salt.
  • Black pepper.
  • Stevia.

Vegan Lava Sauce

Stacks of red and orange chili peppers  by a decoratively sealed mason jar of hot lava sauce.
Spicy vegan lava sauce is easy to make.

One of the best things about making your own lava sauce from scratch is hand-selecting ingredients. Like from Farmer’s Markets, personal gardens, the health food store.

I always go organic because it’s cleaner and more nutrient-dense. Studies show that organic produce is more antioxidant-rich with less pesticides than conventional.  

It’s also worth noting that the more spicy foods you eat—’hormesis foods’ (you can read about them here)—the longer you may live.

According to Dr. Michael Greger, “Four out of four studies on spicy food and mortality found a significant decrease in the risk of premature death.”

Top view of rich vegan lava sauce surrounded by peppers, garlic, onions, and herbs.

Vegan Lava Sauce

This recipe is plant-based and dairy-free.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 25 kcal



  • If you're using fresh jalapenos, garlic, onion, and cilantro (suggested), blend them in a blender with the ketchup and enough water to get smooth.
  • In a small bowl mix the vinegar, water, and cheese into a paste.
  • Whisk everything together in a bowl and adjust texture and taste to your preference. I sometimes add a squeeze of lemon or lime.
  • Refrigerate until chilled before use.


Calories: 25kcal
Keyword Hot Sauce Recipe, Lava Sauce Recipe, Vegan Chili Sauce Recipe, Vegan Lava Sauce
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