The Best Loaded Vegan Nachos

These loaded vegan nachos are the best because they’re plant based, healthy nachos that are so flavorful no one will miss the meat!

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Turns out Alex and I are into nachos. Clarification: we’re into healthy nachos. Or, nachos with a healthy twist? Healthyish? Pick your favorite word for a recipe that’s a whole food, from scratch, lighter take on comfort food, and that’s what we love. There’s our Loaded Grilled Nachos, made on the grill in a cast iron skillet. And our Greek Nachos that use pita chips as a base. And then our fusion style Mexican Fried Rice Nachos we made around the time our son Larson was born. There’s even Loaded Vegan Tater Tot Nachos, made with our homemade tater tots! But these *new* Loaded Vegan Nachos are our new favorite! They star our very favorite new Vegan Cashew Cheese recipe and are quick and easy to make once you have a few components on hand.

Watch how to make healthy loaded vegan nachos

How to make healthy vegan nachos

Nachos is a pretty loose concept, so there’s no “perfect” way to make vegan nachos. And in this case, healthy nachos are nachos that are healthier than normal, using lots of fresh plant based toppings and homemade sauces. Making these loaded nachos is very simple once you have made up a few of the components. Here are a few of our secrets:

  • Organic corn chips: Chips are where issues with processed ingredients can come into play if you’re not careful! So, for healthy vegan nachos we suggest buying organic corn chips that have only 3 ingredients: corn, oil, and salt! Look on the back of the package to determine whether your chips fit this description. Another way to get around processed chips is to make your own! We have a recipe for homemade tortilla chips in our Pretty Simple Cooking cookbook.
  • Lentil topping: These nachos were born out of our popular Instant Pot recipe, these Smoky Instant Pot Lentils and Rice. The fantastic thing about this lentils recipe is that it makes a big pot that you can use in different ways throughout the week! We used them in our Instant Pot Lentil Tacos, and then agreed that nachos would be another great fit! If you don’t have an Instant Pot, use this Lentil Tacos Filling.
  • Vegan nacho cheese: This vegan nacho cheese recipe is so delicious and simple to make: and it tastes way better than the plastic store bought nacho cheese! It’s made simply of cashews and a few spices. It’s also incredibly kid friendly!

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When to serve vegan nachos

These healthy vegan nachos are a perfect gameday appetizer for watching football — just don’t mention the word healthy! We’ve found that if you call something “healthy,” people automatically expect certain things from it. Even vegan is a negative buzzword for some people in our family! However, everyone in the family can enjoy these vegan nachos: vegan doesn’t have to sound lofty, unattainable, or tasteless! The experience of these vegan nachos is like any other: except that it leaves your body feeling good, instead of the typical gut bomb of salt and fat!

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This best loaded vegan nachos recipe is vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, plant based, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.


The Best Loaded Vegan Nachos

1 Star (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Main Dish, Appetizer
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican


These loaded vegan nachos are the best because they’re plant based, healthy nachos that are so flavorful no one will miss the meat!



Make the Smoky Instant Pot Lentils and Rice or Lentil Taco Filling. Before serving, make sure the lentils are warm (reheat them if made in advance).

Make the Vegan Cashew Cheese.

Seed and dice the tomato. Mince the red onion. Thinly slice the green onions.

To serve, place the chips on a plate. Top with lentils, tomato, red onion, green onion, Vegan Nacho Cheese, torn cilantro, and hot sauce.


*Note: The timing for this recipe assumes that the Lentils and Rice and Nacho Cheese are made in advance.

Keywords: Nachos, Nacho Cheese, Vegan Nacho Cheese, Vegan Nachos, Lentils, Rice, Cilantro, Healthy Nachos, Gluten Free Nachos, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

1 Comment

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    September 3, 2018 at 8:06 am

    I went through a phase in middle school where all I wanted for lunch on the weekends was a giant plate of nachos. Oh, if only I had had this healthified, even more beautiful version! Can’t wait to try this recipe! xx

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