This baked vegan nachos recipe is loaded with your favorite toppings, such as vegan taco meat, vegan cheese, jalapeños, and more. Use air fryer tortilla chips to make this a healthy recipe to enjoy any day of the week!
I’ve taken my vegetarian cheese nachos game up a notch (pardon the pun) with these vegan baked nachos. They’re so easy to make and I love the comfort food nature of this dish. You can serve them as an appetizer, for game day, or even for dinner!
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
- Veggie crumbles — Use your favorite veggie crumbles, including plant-based meat products.
- Taco seasoning
- Tortilla chips
- Black beans — You can use a mixture of black beans and pinto beans.
- Vegan cheddar shreds — We use either Daiya or Follow Your Heart vegan cheddar shreds.
- Red cabbage
- Cherry tomatoes
- Red onion
- Vegan sour cream
How to Make Vegan Nachos in the Oven
- Make the plant-based taco meat by combining veggie crumbles with the taco seasoning.
- Arrange tortilla chips in a single layer on a baking sheet. Top with veggie crumbles, black beans, corn, and shredded vegan cheese.
- Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
- Prepare the toppings by chopping cabbage, cherry tomatoes, onions, and jalapeño (being careful not to touch the seeds with bare hands).
- Mash the avocado and stir in the sour cream.
- When the nachos are done, remove them from the oven. Add toppings, including the avocado sauce.
- Use a spatula to transfer individual servings on a plate.
How to Make Vegan Cheese Melt
It used to be that vegan cheese didn’t melt very well. Today’s vegan cheeses are different. I love using either Daiya or Follow Your Heart vegan cheddar shreds. Vegan shreds hold their shape better than dairy cheese so it may not look as if it’s melted, but it has.
Here’s some great tips from Daiya on cooking with their vegan cheese.
Also, I’ve found placing a sheet of foil over the nachos creates steam which helps the cheese melt, too.
Are Tortilla Chips Vegan?
Most unflavored store-bought tortilla chips are vegan. However, flavored tortilla chips oftentimes have dairy, and restaurant chips can sometimes be fried in lard. I recommend checking labels or calling to ask the restaurant about their chips.
What Meatless Nacho Toppings Are Best on Vegan Nachos?
The best toppings for vegan nachos are flavored veggie crumbles, fat-free refried beans, corn, sliced jalapeños, chopped tomatoes, vegan cheese, and more. You can also add corn salsa because of its delicious flavors and textures.
What Goes Well with Nachos?
Can Nachos Be Healthy?
You can make vegan baked nachos that are healthy and delicious. Of course, you can use baked or air fried tortilla chips to avoid deep-fried chips. Then add on the plant-based toppings to make nachos a healthy part of your diet.
How to Make Cheese Sauce for Nachos
If you can’t find vegan cheese in your area, you can use a dairy-free nacho cheese sauce rather than shreds. I highly recommend my vegan queso dip for your nachos con queso. You can also use my smooth vegan cheese sauce or this sweet potato nacho cheese sauce, too.
- 2 cups veggie crumbles
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 12 ounces tortilla chips
- 1 15-ounce can black beans , drained
- 1 cup corn , frozen
- 1 cup vegan cheddar shreds
- ½ cup vegan jalapeño havarti cheese
- ½ cup red cabbage
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon diced red onion
- 1 jalapeno , thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons vegan sour cream
- ½ avocado
- Heat your oven to 400°F/200°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the veggie crumbles with the taco seasoning. If the crumbles are frozen, heat in the microwave for 30 seconds or so and then stir to combine the seasonings. Add more if you prefer more flavor.
- Arrange tortilla chips in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Top with veggie crumbles mixture, black beans, corn, and shredded vegan cheeses.
- Place pan in the oven and bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
- As the nachos are baking, chop the cabbage into thin strips, chop the cherry tomatoes into quarters, dice the onion, and thinly slice the jalapeño (being careful not to touch the seeds with bare hands).
- In a small bowl, mash the avocado and add the sour cream. Stir together.
- When the nachos are done, remove them from the oven and serve them immediately. Top with tomato, red cabbage, onion, jalapeno, and drizzle with creamy avocado mixture.
- Optional: Add chopped cilantro.
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