These fully loaded vegan nachos fill your comfort food void like never before. They are topped with incredible vegan nacho cheese that is actually healthy!
I love a good indulgence from time to time, but what I love even more is when I am able to create a healthy version of my favorites treats. These nachos are exactly that!! Top them with anything and everything, I am all in for more is more!
These vegan nachos are the perfect family dinner. Not only can you load them up with healthy ingredients but each person can customize them to what they like. No complaints, no whining. A full on win!
What makes a nacho a nacho?
Nachos were originally created by a man feeding a group of military women. He served them tortilla chips covered with cheddar cheese and slices of jalapeños. Since his nickname was “Nacho” that is what they named this appetizer.
Nachos though have come to be customizable from person to person, which is why they make a great DIY dinner. There are so many things you can add on top, and so many variations.
What are nachos made of?
You really can put anything on nachos. I like to pile them on with anything and everything. But here are some of our favorites:
- Vegan nacho cheese
- Bean dip
- Beans- black, pinto or lentil
- Corn salsa or corn
- Chopped fresh tomatoes
- Chopped red onion
- Grilled onions
- Green onions
- Vegan sour cream
- Shredded lettuce
- Sliced fresh jalapeños
- Pickled jalapeño slices
- Chopped peppers
- Grilled peppers
- Vegan taco meat
- Vegan chorizo sausage
- Rice or quinoa
Are tortilla chips vegan?
Yes! As long as they aren’t made with animal ingredients. They can even be healthy when you make them at home, like my homemade oil-free baked corn tortilla chips.
Are there different kinds of nachos?
Yes! Nachos variations are everywhere, from savory to sweet and indulgent to healthy. Here are some varieties and ideas:
- Greek nachos
- Potato chip nachos
- Apple nachos
- Tater tot nachos
- French fry nachos
- Churro chips nachos
- Breakfast nachos
Tips for vegan nachos bar
We love to make a vegan nachos bar and have everyone create their own. Here are my favorite ways to make sure everyone is happy, but also piling their plate with healthy things:
- Put everything you want to offer in bowls
- Have categories: veggies, protein, grains, spice
- Establish rules, like you must take 3 from the veggie category, 1 from the protein, etc
- Allow even the littles to create their own.
- Include toppings to encompass all types of eaters and allergies.
Tips to make nachos easier
While nachos themselves are pretty easy to put together, there are still ways you can cut corners to make them even easier. The end result may not be as healthy but sometimes it’s okay to focus on low effort. Here are some things you can buy prepared when you are really strapped for time:
- beans and bean dips
- sour cream
- taco meat or chorizo
- pre cut or chopped veggies
How to make vegan nachos
The steps are pretty basic, and will change depending on what you choose to make or buy, but here is the gist of how you create the most ultimate of comfort foods:
- Gather all of your ingredients.
- Build with the toppings you prefer.
- Serve to hungry people.
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Vegan Nachos Recipe
To build right on your plate (for cheese sauce):
- Heat the nacho cheese and beans in the microwave or pot on the stove.
- Meanwhile, divide the chips between 4 plates.
- Build by putting on the cheese and beans first, then add all of the other toppings. I like to make layers and build with all the toppings on each layer so that the chips underneath have toppings too.
To bake in the oven (for shredded cheese or cheese sauce):
- Preheat oven to 350 F/ 175 C
- Spread the chips out on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Drizzle cheese over the top. Followed by beans, red onion and pickled jalapeno slices. I like those cooked but this is optional.
- Bake for about 5 minutes or until cheese sauce is fully heated and drippy or shredded cheese is melted.
- Take out of the oven and pile on the other toppings.
- You can add any other toppings you like, see post for more ideas.
- Time listed is an average time, but will change depending on how many toppings you make and how many you buy premade.
- Nutrition facts are for homemade ingredients listed, any alteration will change the amounts.
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