Vegan Nachos – Candy Potato Soul by Jenné Claiborne

Vegan Nachos – Candy Potato Soul by Jenné Claiborne
Vegan Nachos – Candy Potato Soul by Jenné Claiborne

These mouthwatering Vegan Nachos are a fiesta of taste, full of savory plant-based goodness! Tortilla chips are loaded with toppings from lentil walnut taco meat and flavorful veggies to creamy avocado and vegan bitter cream for the last word wholesome nachos.

An overhead shot of a tray of vegan nachos.An overhead shot of a tray of vegan nachos.

This recipe was written on January 21, 2020. It was up to date with further recipe info on Might 2, 2024.

This straightforward vegan nacho recipe is piled excessive with Mexican-spiced toppings and loads of plant-based protein for a hearty and satisfying occasion appetizer or any-time most important dish! Whether or not feeding a crowd or searching for a enjoyable twist on household taco evening, these vegan loaded nachos will hit the spot. Crunchy tortilla chips are layered with savory and smoky home made lentil walnut taco meat, pink onions, wealthy kidney beans, creamy avocado, zesty salsa, sliced jalapeños, recent cilantro, and a dollop of vegan bitter cream.

The key ingredient is the lentil walnut meat, the proper wholesome plant-based alternative for floor beef. With the mixture of topping textures and flavors, you gained’t even notice these are no-cheese nachos! Serve them at your subsequent group gathering or when craving a scrumptious shareable snack! For extra Tex-Mex-inspired dishes, attempt my immediate pot Mexican rice recipe, mushroom carnitas tacos recipe, or vegan burrito bowl recipe. 

All of the ingredients to make vegan nachos.All of the ingredients to make vegan nachos.

Lentil Walnut Taco Meat Substances

Cooked Black Lentils: Also called beluga lentils, black lentils hold their hearty texture when cooked, mimicking the feel of cooked floor beef. Simmer your individual black lentils or use pre-cooked lentils from the grocery retailer.

Walnuts: Walnut halves or halves and items each work so as to add meaty and savory notes to the vegan taco meat. Simply examine their expiration date for a recent, pure taste. Chop the nuts finely or blitz them briefly in a meals processor earlier than making the meat.

Canned Tomatoes: Or, use one can of diced tomatoes. If desired, use low-sodium tomatoes; don’t drain them earlier than utilizing them.

Garlic: Recent minced garlic will add the most effective pungent notes however minced bottled garlic additionally works.

Olive Oil: For wealthy taste dimension and to stop the lentil taco meat from sticking because it cooks.

Canned Chipotle Peppers: You’ll need 1/2-1 chipotle pepper, scooped from the sauce and minced plus 2 teaspoons of the adobo sauce through which the chipotle peppers are packed. It will add a smoky and spicy taste to the lentil walnut meat.

Spices: Particularly, dried oregano, cumin, and salt. If doable, use Mexican oregano as a substitute of Mediterranean, and all the time use spices with an excellent expiration date for the most effective taste.

Vegan Nachos Substances

Tortilla Chips: Function the crunchy base for the veggie nachos toppings. Select sturdy, thick-cut tortilla chips that may assist the burden of the toppings with out changing into too soggy. 

Kidney Beans: Go for canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained, for comfort, or prepare dinner dried beans for a firmer texture and more energizing taste. Alternatively, you possibly can substitute for black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas, or a mixture of beans for selection. 

Avocado: When scattered on prime, avocado offers creaminess and a buttery texture for the dairy-free nachos recipe. Select ripe avocados with a darkish inexperienced peel that yields barely to light stress when squeezed. 

Salsa: Use your favourite store-bought salsa or make your individual so as to add a burst of tangy taste and juicy freshness to the vegan nacho chips. Go for a gentle salsa for a much less spicy taste or add additional warmth with a spicier variation. 

Vegan Bitter Cream: Select a high-quality vegan bitter cream. Alternatively, you should utilize cashew cream, tahini sauce, or a vegan cheese sauce. 

Jalapeño: This spicy garnish provides a vibrant coloration to the nachos. Alternatively, you possibly can substitute for bell peppers or poblano peppers to scale back the warmth. 

Cilantro: Recent cilantro offers a pleasant herbaceous taste and brilliant inexperienced coloration to the meaty nachos. Or swap it with recent parsley or inexperienced onion for the same impact. 

Lime: Recent lime is used as a garnish squeezed excessive of the completed nachos for a zesty citrusy taste punch. Select juicy, ripe limes with shiny pores and skin and roll on a tough floor earlier than chopping them open to launch the juices. 

Salt: Enhances the flavour of the assembled plant-based nachos and balances the general style. Use Kosher salt or sea salt and alter to style as wanted.

Tips on how to Make Vegan Nachos

  • Make the Lentil Walnut Taco Meat. Warmth the olive oil in a skillet over medium warmth. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds or till aromatic. Add the chopped walnuts and stir nicely. Cook dinner for 3 minutes, stirring periodically, or till aromatic. Add the lentils, tomatoes, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, oregano, cumin, and salt. Stir nicely and convey to a simmer. Cook dinner for 10 minutes, or till thickened and aromatic. Season to style with salt if desired.
  • Assemble Tortilla Chips. Unfold the tortilla chips in a baking dish or on a serving platter. 
An overhead shot of a tray of tortilla chips.An overhead shot of a tray of tortilla chips.
  • Construct Nachos. High the chips with the lentil walnut taco meat, kidney beans, avocado, salsa, bitter cream, jalapeño, and cilantro.
  • Garnish. Squeeze half of the lime over the nachos and season with salt to style. Garnish the nachos with lime slices and serve sizzling.

Recipe Professional-Suggestions

  • Select high quality substances. Go for high-quality substances for the most effective vegan nachos, together with recent produce and high quality vegan meat. 
  • Modify spice stage. For a spicier taste, go away the jalapeño seeds intact; and take away the seeds for a milder taste. You can even select your most popular spice stage of salsa. 
  • Evenly distribute toppings. Unfold the toppings evenly throughout the tortilla chips to make sure you get all of the goodness in every chew. 
  • Serve instantly. This vegetarian nachos recipe is finest served instantly so the chips don’t change into soggy. Dig in whereas they’re heat! 
  • Add extra toppings. Don’t be afraid to experiment with further toppings to fit your style preferences, comparable to sliced black olives, diced bell peppers, shredded lettuce, corn kernels, or vegan cheese sauce.

Recipe Variations

Beneath are recommendations to regulate this vegetarian nachos recipe to fit your style and preferences. 

  • Use Plant-Based mostly Floor Beef: If desired, use plant-based floor beef as a substitute of the lentil walnut taco meat. Right here’s the best way to take advantage of flavorful vegan floor beef: Warmth 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium warmth. Add 1/2 of a chopped onion to the new oil and sauté for 3 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds to the onion combination and prepare dinner for 1 extra minute. Add the plant-based floor meat to the skillet. Cook dinner for 1-2 minutes, stirring often to crumble the meat. Season the bottom beef with 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika and prepare dinner for about 6 minutes, stirring sometimes or till it’s darker in coloration and agency. Take away from the warmth and assemble your nachos!
  • Chips: Add a pop of taste with flavored tortilla chips or use a multigrain chip for additional vitamin. You can even use a grain-free tortilla chip to fulfill dietary wants. 
  • Avocado: For added taste, mash the avocado with lime juice and a pinch of salt to make guacamole. 
  • Vegan Bitter Cream: As a substitute of utilizing a store-bought model, make a model of home made bitter cream by combining unflavored dairy-free yogurt, lemon juice, and salt. 
  • Lime: Add lime zest with the lime juice on prime of the nachos for an additional citrusy aroma and taste.
A close up shot of vegan nachos with vegan sour cream, avocados, and jalapeños.A close up shot of vegan nachos with vegan sour cream, avocados, and jalapeños.

Serving Strategies

Collect your loved ones and buddies and dig into these irresistible vegetarian nachos! They’re the proper occasion appetizer or dish for internet hosting recreation days or film nights – and are additional scrumptious paired with a few of our favourite recipes under. 

Storage Instructions

  • Refrigeration: Permit leftover toppings to chill utterly earlier than transferring to particular person hermetic containers and storing them within the fridge for 2-3 days. It’s best to retailer toppings individually from the chips so that they don’t change into soggy, and reassemble the nachos when able to serve. 
  • Reheating: Assemble all toppings besides the avocado, salsa, and bitter cream on the chips on a ready baking sheet and warmth within the oven at 350ºF for 10-Quarter-hour. Then add the recent toppings and luxuriate in!

Often Requested Questions

Is that this nachos recipe vegetarian?

Sure! This recipe is 100% plant-based and makes use of a vegan various to floor beef. 

Can I make these nachos and not using a floor meat substitute?

Sure, you may make meatless nachos if most popular by omitting the plant-based floor beef. Swap for sautéed mushrooms, additional beans, cooked lentils, crumbled tofu, or tempeh.

How can I make this recipe kid-friendly?

To make these nachos extra appropriate to youngsters’ style, you possibly can omit the spicy substances just like the jalapeños and use a gentle salsa or omit it altogether. Be happy to take away or add toppings you suppose they’ll like!

Extra Mexican-Impressed Recipes

For simpler vegan recipes like vegan fried rooster, take a look at my cookbook.

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Lentil Walnut Taco Meat

  • Warmth the olive oil in a skillet over medium warmth. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds or till aromatic.

  • Add the chopped walnuts and stir nicely. Cook dinner for 3 minutes, stirring periodically, or till aromatic.

  • Add the lentils, tomatoes, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, oregano, cumin, and salt. Stir nicely and convey to a simmer. Cook dinner for 10 minutes, or till thickened and aromatic. Season to style with salt if desired.

Vegan Nachos

  • Unfold the tortilla chips in a baking dish or on a serving platter. High the chips with the lentil walnut taco meat, kidney beans, avocado, salsa, bitter cream, jalapeño, and cilantro.

  • Squeeze half of the lime over the nachos and season with salt to style. Garnish the nachos with slices of the opposite half of the lime and serve sizzling.

Storage Instructions

  • Refrigeration: Permit leftover toppings to chill utterly earlier than transferring to particular person hermetic containers and storing them within the fridge for 2-3 days. It’s best to retailer toppings individually from the chips so that they don’t change into soggy, and reassemble the nachos when able to serve. 
  • Reheating: Assemble all toppings besides the avocado, salsa, and bitter cream on the chips on a ready baking sheet and warmth within the oven at 350ºF for 10-Quarter-hour. Then add the recent toppings and luxuriate in!

Recipe Professional-Suggestions

  • Recipe Variation: Use Plant-Based mostly Floor Beef. If desired, use plant-based floor beef as a substitute of the lentil walnut taco meat. Right here’s the best way to take advantage of flavorful vegan floor beef: Warmth 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium warmth. Add 1/2 of a chopped onion to the new oil and sauté for 3 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds to the onion combination and prepare dinner for 1 extra minute. Add the plant-based floor meat to the skillet. Cook dinner for 1-2 minutes, stirring often to crumble the meat. Season the bottom beef with 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika and prepare dinner for about 6 minutes, stirring sometimes or till it’s darker in coloration and agency. Take away from the warmth and assemble your nachos!
  • Modify spice stage. For a spicier taste, go away the jalapeño seeds intact; and take away the seeds for a milder taste. You can even select your most popular spice stage of salsa.
  • Serve instantly. This vegetarian nachos recipe is finest served instantly so the chips don’t change into soggy. Dig in whereas they’re heat!
  • Add extra toppings. Don’t be afraid to experiment with further toppings to fit your style preferences like sliced black olives, diced bell peppers, shredded lettuce, corn kernels, or vegan cheese sauce.