Loaded Vegetarian Nachos Recipe

Published on July 30th 2022 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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A party isn't a party without nachos piled high with various toppings. The nachos that we know and love today can be traced back to Northern Mexico to the city of Piedras Negras. Nachos were invented by chef Ignacio Anaya in 1943. This chef worked at the Old Victory Club. As the story goes, military wives spent all day shopping in Eagle pass. Overcome by hunger, they tried to buy some dinner, but all the restaurants were closed. Having compassion for the ladies, chef Anaya invited them in and prepared a dish from leftovers. He cut tortillas into triangles and fried them until they were crispy and golden, then topped them with shredded cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeños. He placed the dish into the oven for a few minutes until the cheese melted and nachos were born. The military wives fell in love with the nachos, and eventually, nachos spread around the globe, spreading joy where ever they went. These nachos are similar to the original recipe but with even more toppings. This recipe contains corn tortilla chips, red onions, black beans, tomatoes, jalapeños, vegan shredded cheese, salsa, and vegan sour cream to make the ultimate Loaded Vegetarian Nachos. Best of all, this dish is naturally gluten-free and so delicious that you can't stop at just one. Before you know it, the loaded vegetarian nachos will be gone, so it may be best to make a few platters of nachos if you have many people over. 

What toppings do you put on nachos?

You can literally put any vegan toppings on nachos, including pinto beans, corn, lettuce, and pickled red onions. We used black beans, red onions, tomatoes, avocado, salsa, and vegan sour cream. 


Are all nachos vegan?

Generally speaking, all nachos are not vegan. Nachos may contain ground beef and cheese, which are not compliant with a vegan diet. Nevertheless, you can replace the ground meat with vegan quinoa taco meat, tofu crumbles, black beans or a plant-based meat substitute of your choice, and replace the cheese with dairy-free, vegan cheese. 


Are nachos healthy?

Typically, nachos include fried tortilla chips covered in nacho cheese. However, you can turn nachos into a healthier dish. You can bake the tortilla chips in the oven to warm and crisp them up. In addition to this, you can also add beans and fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, avocados, and red onions, which contain rich amounts of fiber. 


Are nacho chips vegetarian?

Nacho chips are made from ground corn, water, oil, and a pinch of salt. So they are naturally vegetarian. 


Author: Sarah Leadon
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Time & Serves

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
6 persons.


  • 12 8-inch corn Tortillas


  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil 


  • 1 teaspoon Cumin 


  • 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika


  • 1 teaspoon Salt 


  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper 


  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder


  • 1 cup Vegan Shredded Cheddar Cheese


  • 1 14 ounce can Black Beans, drained, rinsed 


  • 1 Red Onion, diced 


  • 1 Tomato, diced


  • 1 Jalapeño, cut into 1/4-inch slices 


  • 1 Avocado, peeled, seed removed, diced 


  • 1 cup Salsa 


  • 1/4 cup Vegan Sour Cream 


Preheat the oven to 350 °F.


Line two baking sheets with foil. 


Place 2 tortillas onto a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut the tortillas in half. Cut the tortillas in half again to make 8 triangles. Cut each tortilla in half again to make 16 triangles. 


Repeat with the remaining tortillas. 


Place the tortilla chips into a bowl and add the olive oil, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder and toss to coat the tortilla chips with the oil and spices. 


Place the tortilla chips onto the prepared baking sheets in a single layer and bake them for 7-9 minutes. Turn the tortilla chips over and cook them for 7-9 minutes until they are golden brown and crisp. Let the tortilla chips cool entirely. 


Arrange the tortilla chips onto a round-rimmed baking sheet. Top with the vegan cheese. 


Bake the tortilla chips for 5-6 minutes until the cheese melts. 

Remove the tortilla chips from the oven and top with the black beans, red onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, avocado, salsa, and vegan sour cream. 

Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

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Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon