Vegan Nachos

Nachos are the ultimate crowd-pleaser. These vegan nachos are sure to thrill vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters alike with creamy queso, sofritas, beans, salsa, and guacamole. They’re easy to customize, too.

Baking Sheet of Vegan Nachos (Nachos Topped with Salsa, Queso, Pickled Jalpenos, and Two Lime Wedges) Surrounded by Bowls of Guacamole, Salsa, and Queso

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I am here to proclaim that nachos are a meal. While nachos are typically served as an appetizer or party snack, I like upgrading them to main dish status. With all of their toppings and textures, eating a dinner-sized helping is a thing I certainly have no problem with.

One of my favorite restaurant deals in Los Angeles is super nacho hour at Bar Amá. Instead of your typical happy hour, the Tex-Mex spot offers elevated nachos on discount. And while their standard nachos are delicious, I often go for the vegan nachos. They’re just as satisfying, topped with vegan queso and sprinklings of various toppings.

These vegan nachos are inspired by Bar Amá’s and are fully loaded with toppings. Sure, you can serve them on game day or as a casual appetizer, but why not have a very fun nacho dinner at home?

Baking Sheet of Vegan Nachos (Nachos Topped with Salsa, Queso, Pickled Jalpenos, and Two Lime Wedges) with a Serving Missing

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The Key Components

All good nacho recipes are made up of layers of flavorful ingredients, and this vegan nacho recipe is no exception.

  • The Chips: Good-quality, restaurant-style tortilla chips are best for nachos. While thin chips are delicious for snacking, they don’t make good nachos since they don’t hold up against the weighty toppings. Go for thicker but still very crisp tortilla chips and give them a quick bake before adding toppings (a hot tip I learned from our classic nachos recipe!).
  • The Protein: My recipe calls for our easy copycat sofritas recipe. The chipotle-flavored tofu is an excellent stand-in for seasoned ground beef or pork. I also like to include black beans for a different texture. Jackfruit, refried beans, and vegetarian meat crumbles are all good alternatives.
  • The Cheese: Vegan nachos utilize our vegan queso recipe for an ooey, gooey experience. It’s easy to make and can be prepared up to two days ahead of time. For even more cheese, sprinkle with shredded vegan cheese.
  • The Toppings: For the ultimate nacho experience, don’t skimp on the toppings. I use salsa, guacamole, and pickled jalapeños, but it’s easy to swap for your favorites.
Hand Taking Some Vegan Nachos from a Baking Sheet with More Nachos (Nachos Topped with Salsa, Queso, Pickled Jalpenos, and Two Lime Wedges)

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Swaps and Substitutions

One of the best things about nachos is their versatility. You can change the toppings and add extras until you’ve created your ideal vegan nachos. Here are some toppings you can swap out or add-on to your vegan nachos:

Planning Ahead

For super quick assembly, some components of vegan nachos be made ahead of time. Make the sofritas up to 3 days ahead and stash it in the fridge. Reheat slightly before adding to the nachos. The queso can be made up to 2 days ahead, and can be gently reheated in the microwave before drizzling over the top.

Simple Tip!

As the vegan queso sits in the fridge, it can get very thick. When reheating, you may need to add enough water to make it pourable.

With the sofritas and queso made ahead of time, all you have to do is arrange the chips, add the toppings, heat, and serve. Vegan nachos are ready to serve in 20 minutes flat.

Slice of Lime Squeezed onto Baking Sheet of Vegan Nachos (Nachos Topped with Salsa, Queso, Pickled Jalpenos, and Two Lime Wedges)

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Vegan Nachos

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 6 servings

Halve this recipe and use a quarter sheet pan (or arrange the chips in the center of a larger pan) for a small party, or double it for a big group and bake on a full sheet pan or 2 half sheet pans.


  • 1 (10 to 11-ounce) bag sturdy tortilla chips

  • 1 recipe copycat sofritas, warmed (about 3 cups)

  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 recipe vegan queso, warmed (about 2 cups)

  • 2/3 cup salsa, store-bought or homemade

  • 2/3 cup guacamole, store-bought or homemade

  • 1/3 cup pickled jalapenos

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 to 2 limes, cut into wedges


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Bake the chips:

    Spread the chips out on a jelly roll or half sheet pan, preferably with sides. They should be in one layer but overlapping slightly.

    Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes to crisp them slightly.

    Tortilla Chips on a Baking Tray for Vegan Nachos Recipe

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  3. Add the queso, sofritas, and beans:

    Drizzle about 1 1/2 cups of the warm queso over the chips. Sprinkle the beans and sofritas on top.

    Bake until warmed through, about 5 minutes.

    Tortilla Chips Topped with Vegan Queso, Copycat Sofritas, and Black Beans for Nachos Vegan Recipe

    Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

  4. Add the remaining toppings:

    Immediately drizzle with another 1/2 cup of queso.

    Evenly distribute the salsa, guacamole, and pickled jalapeños on top. Sprinkle with cilantro (if using) and serve immediately with lime wedges on the side.

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    More Vegan Queso Added to Nachos Recipe

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    Vegan Nachos Tipped with Guacamole, Salsa, and Pickled Jalapenos

    Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

    Baking Sheet of Vegan Nachos (Nachos Topped with Salsa, Queso, Pickled Jalpenos, and Two Lime Wedges) with Some Slightly Lifted on a Spatula

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
519 Calories
26g Fat
58g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 519
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 1596mg 69%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 28mg 142%
Calcium 126mg 10%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 814mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.