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Vegan Nachos

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These are loaded with spice and flavor
Vegan Nachos
Kat Barry

Vegan Nachos

Loaded with tons of cheese and sour cream, nachos aren't usually a vegan-friendly option. Until now. A flavorful sauce made from raw cashews, spiced up with jalapeños and jarred pimentos, makes a perfect dairy-free alternative.

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For the cashew nacho sauce

  • 1 Cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 Cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 Teaspoons canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon dry mustard
  • Dash of onion powder
  • 1 Teaspoon turmeric
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 4 jalapeños, chopped
  • 4 Ounces jarred pimentos, drained and chopped
  • Splash of rice or almond milk

For the nachos

  • 4 -5 ounces tortilla chips, preferably organic
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Cup fresh or frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • 1/4 Cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 fresh jalapeños or heirloom hot peppers, sliced
  • 2 large heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted cut into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
  • 1/4 Cup cilantro, chopped finely, for garnish
  • 1/4 Cup chopped scallion, for garnish
  • Green sauce, preferably El Yucateca, for serving


For the cashew nacho sauce

Place the cashews in a small mixing bowl and cover with water. Let soak for about 30 minutes. Then, combine all of the ingredients, including the cashew soaking water, in a food processor or blender and purée until smooth and creamy. 

Transfer to a saucepan, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking and burning, until heated through. 

For the nachos

Place a bed of chips on a serving platter. Cover with the black beans, corn, red onion, jalapeños, tomatoes, and avocado.

Pour a generous amount of hot cashew nacho sauce over the chips and toppings. Garnish with cilantro and scallion. Serve with green sauce, preferably El Yucateca. 

Vegan Shopping Tip

As an alternative to sugary, salty, processed foods, try shopping for fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Vegan Cooking Tip

For a healthier alternative, substitute honey or molasses for sugar in baking recipes, and use a 3:1 blend of canola oil to olive oil instead of butter when cooking over the flame.