Hearty Nachos

Hearty Nachos
Staff Writer
Hearty Nachos
Julieanna Hever

Hearty Nachos

These nachos are a meal in and of themselves. You can also use the versatile cheese sauce on potatoes, raw or cooked vegetables, and cooked whole grains and legumes.

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6
Servings
120
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the "cheese" sauce

  • 1/2 Cup raw cashews
  • 1 Tablespoon tahini
  • 1 jarred or fresh roasted red pepper
  • 1/4 Cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon tamari, Bragg's liquid aminos, or low-sodium soy sauce
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 Cup water

For the bean dip

  • One 16-ounce can oil-free refried or pinto beans
  • 1 Cup salsa, plus 1/2 cup for serving
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 Cup cilantro, parsley, or lettuce, chopped finely
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced, for serving (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup diced tomatoes, for serving (optional)
  • Baked unsalted tortilla chips, for serving

Directions

For the "cheese" sauce

In a bowl, soak the cashews in water for at least 30 minutes and then rinse them. In a blender, combine the all of the ingredients. Blend on high until smooth and set aside.

For the bean dip

Combine the beans, salsa, and chili powder in a medium-sized saucepan and place over medium heat. Continue to stir while the mixture heats through. Once the beans are smooth, remove from the heat.

Spread the bean dip evenly onto the bottom of a medium-sized serving bowl or baking dish. Smooth the surface and scatter the cilantro over the beans. Pour some or all of the cheese sauce on top of the cilantro. (You can serve the extra cheese sauce on the side for the rest of the meal or for dipping.) Serve with the extra salsa, sliced avocado, diced tomatoes, if using, and chips.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
4g
6%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
17g
13%
Protein
5g
11%
Vitamin A, RAE
147µg
21%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
92µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
115mg
12%
Choline, total
9mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
36µg
9%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
30mg
9%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
54mg
8%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
285mg
19%
Water
60g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Nacho Shopping Tip

How hot is that chile pepper? Fresh peppers get hotter as they age; they will achieve a more reddish hue and sometimes develop streaks in the skin.

Nacho Cooking Tip

When preparing appetizers try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.

Nacho Wine Pairing

Malbec, syrah/shiraz, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, primitivo, or carménère with meat- and bean-based dishes; viognier or grüner veltliner with seafood dishes.