These Vegan Nachos Bring A Whole New Meaning To Snacking

by The Z Living Editors
  • Total Time: 15 Mins
  • Cook: 5 Mins
  • Prep: 10 Mins
  • Serves: 3
  • Level: Beginner
Nachos are a classic, crowd-pleasing party snack, but they're inherently off-limits for a vegan diet. However, using this vegan nachos recipe with tofu sour cream, you will be able to enjoy one of your favorite appetizers, while staying healthy and true to your diet. 

Avoiding meat and dairy products—like with this vegan nacho recipe—is one of the main focuses of our original series The Big Fat Truth, where host JD Roth puts overweight guests on plant-based diets, while getting to the root of the real reasons they've lost control of their health. 


  • 1 cup canola oil, more if needed
  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas, cut into wedge
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1/3 cup melted Teeses Vegan creamy cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup black beans, warmed
  • 1/4 cup pico de gallo
  • 1/4 cup guacamole (recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons tofu sour cream (recipe below)
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced olives

Tofu Sour Cream:

  • 1 (12.3-ounce) container vacuum-packed firm silken tofu (such as Mori-Nu)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon umeboshi vinegar (available in Asian markets and health food stores)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard (available in the spice aisle of grocery stores, also called ground mustard)
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill


(Skip steps 1-3 for plant-based diet)
1. Heat the oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium-high heat. 
2. Working in batches, add the tortilla wedges and fry for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until golden. 3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tortilla chips to a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with salt.
4. Arrange the warm tortilla chips over a large platter.
5. Spoon the warm melted vegan cheese over the chips. Spoon the beans over the cheese. Spoon the pico de gallo over the beans. Spoon the guacamole atop the nachos. Drizzle the sour cream over the nachos.
6. Sprinkle with the green onion and serve immediately.

Alterations For Vegan & Plant-Based Diets:

Additionally, if you happen to stick to a plant-based diet, no-oil corn tortillas are a great substitute and will taste just as good (and yes, vegan cheese is plant-based diet friendly!). To learn more about great plant-based diet recipes, watch Z Living's newest original series The Big Fat Truth, where host JD Roth helps people who struggle with weight by getting to the root of the problem. Learn more about The Big Fat Truth here.

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