Vegan Nachos: A Flavorful and Crowd-Pleasing Snack

Vegan nachos are a delicious twist on the classic favorite, offering all the bold flavors and satisfying crunch without any animal products. Loaded with tasty toppings like seasoned black beans, tangy salsa, creamy guacamole, and dairy-free cheese sauce, these nachos are sure to be a hit at any gathering or as a satisfying snack for movie nights at home. Whip up a batch of these vegan nachos for a tasty and satisfying treat that everyone will love.

Preparation Time:

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes


For the Vegan Cheese Sauce:

  • 1 cup (150 grams) raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 4 hours or overnight
  • 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) onion powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Nachos:

  • 1 bag (about 10 ounces or 283 grams) tortilla chips (ensure they are vegan)
  • 1 can (15 ounces or 425 grams) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup (150 grams) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup (75 grams) diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup (75 grams) diced bell peppers (any color)
  • 1/4 cup (30 grams) sliced jalapeños (optional)
  • 1/4 cup (60 grams) sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup (15 grams) chopped fresh cilantro
  • Guacamole, salsa, and vegan sour cream, for serving


1. Prepare the Vegan Cheese Sauce:

  • Drain and rinse the soaked cashews.
  • In a high-speed blender, combine the soaked cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. If the sauce is too thick, you can add more almond milk, a tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. Set aside.

2. Assemble the Nachos:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Arrange the tortilla chips in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  • Evenly distribute the black beans, diced tomatoes, diced red onion, diced bell peppers, sliced jalapeños (if using), and sliced black olives over the tortilla chips.

3. Warm the Nachos:

  • Drizzle the prepared vegan cheese sauce over the nachos, ensuring each chip is coated with a generous amount of sauce.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the nachos are heated through and the cheese sauce is bubbly.

4. Garnish and Serve:

  • Remove the nachos from the oven and sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro.
  • Serve the vegan nachos immediately with guacamole, salsa, and vegan sour cream on the side for dipping.

Cooking Tips:

  • Customize your nachos with your favorite toppings such as sliced avocado, corn kernels, diced onions, or shredded lettuce.
  • For extra flavor, you can add spices like chili powder, cumin, or smoked paprika to the vegan cheese sauce.
  • Use a store-bought vegan cheese alternative if you prefer not to make your own cheese sauce from scratch.

Nutritional Information:

  • Vegan nachos provide a good source of fiber, protein, and essential nutrients from the beans, vegetables, and nuts. Adjust portion sizes and toppings to fit your dietary needs.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Flavorful and Satisfying: Loaded with delicious toppings and creamy cheese sauce, these vegan nachos are bursting with flavor.
  • Easy to Customize: Mix and match your favorite toppings to create your perfect nacho combination.
  • Perfect for Sharing: Whether you’re hosting a party or enjoying a cozy night in, these nachos are a crowd-pleaser that everyone will enjoy.


Vegan nachos are a delicious and satisfying snack or appetizer that’s perfect for any occasion. Packed with flavorful toppings and creamy cheese sauce, these nachos are sure to impress even the most devout cheese lovers. Whether you’re vegan or just looking for a healthier alternative to traditional nachos, give this recipe a try and enjoy the bold and irresistible flavors of vegan nachos!

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