Vegan Chick Nachos

Let me begin this post on vegan nachos with a confession. I don’t really watch football. I’m sure we’ll watch some of Sunday’s game, but the only sport we watch is tennis. That means we just finished watching the Australian Open. And you know what? We didn’t have one snack the whole tournament. That’s just a shame, don’t you think?

So although I may not be into the football part as much, I’m definitely a big fan of the snacking. Oh, how I love the snacks!

Knowing that the big game was this weekend, I started working on a vegan version of nachos. And the thing is, I have a chip on my shoulder. (And what’s a chip without a little vegan cheese and salsa I ask you!) It’s as if I want to prove to everyone who walks in my Namely Marly door that you can be vegan and eat the most delicious foods, including nachos.

Vegan Chick Nachos go perfectly for snacking while watching the superbowl.

We had an omni-friend over who enjoyed these nachos just as much as we did.

Vegan nachos for snacking any time of the year.

In the moment he was “veganish” as Oprah termed the phrase, because he was chowing down on these nachos as much as we were.

I’m not veganish at all. I’m a Veganist as Kathy Freston calls it. She explains that a veganist is someone who is passionate about all things vegan, just as a cellist is passionate about the cello.

These vegan nachos include refried beans and soy-based cheese to make an ultimate vegan snack!

Therefore, as a veganist, I was justified in being passionate about these nachos and I intended to prove it by eating as many of them as I wanted.

Yummy vegan nachos!

And I did.

The plate now is empty but it used to hold delicious vegan nachos!

Hmm, there’s a few crumbs here. Pardon me while I lick the plate.

Vegan Chick Nachos


  • 20 – 30 Tortilla chips
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ cup Vegetarian Refried Beans
  • ½ package Vegan Chicken (We use Morningstar Farms Chik’n Strips)
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 package Vegan Cheese, Shredded (We use either Follow Your Heart or Daiya Vegan cheese)


  1. Heat your oven to 350.
  2. Place the 20 – 30 chips out on a cooking tray. I used our pizza pan and it accommodated the chips nicely. Set aside.
  3. In the meantime, combine onions and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until tender. Next add the tablespoon of brown sugar and stir and cook the onions until they take on a browned, caramelized color. I even turn the heat up just a bit to get the onions nice and brown. You can do what works best for you and your tastes.
  4. With the heat on medium to medium-low, move the onions over to the side of the pan and add 1/2 of the bag of vegan chicken tenders. Cook them until they’re tender. This will only take a minute or two.
  5. Remove the skillet from heat and allow the ingredients to cool. Once cooled, tear the chicken tenders into small pieces to make them easier to place on the nachos.
  6. In the meantime, spread chips (carefully) with the vegetarian refried beans. I used about one tablespoon per chip.
  7. Next, top each chip as you like. I added chick tender pieces, followed by the caramelized onion, followed by shredded vegan cheese and topped with a teaspoon (or two) of salsa.
  8. Once each chip is topped as you prefer, place the tray in the oven and bake for about 10 – 15 minutes. You may have to keep an eye on the chips so they don’t brown too much.
  9. Then yell (kind of quietly) something like, “Dig in” or “Soup’s on” and because you have a head start, begin eating nachos and moaning with delight. You could save some for everyone else too…but only if you want!

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18 Responses to Vegan Chick Nachos

  1. Love this one! So glad we are connected. Great ideas

    • Me too! Someone asked me recently if I feel restricted or deprived being a vegan. My answer was I actually feel a lot of freedom! First of all, I’m free of worrying about the majority of things (that are not too healthy) in the grocery store. Poptarts? Nope. They have gelatin so they’re not even vegetarian. Nacho Cheese Doritos? Although I used to love these as a teenager, I don’t even give them a second thought today because they have dairy in them. And now, instead, I get to try wonderful new (and healthy) ingredient combinations. It’s really fun!

  2. Sounds like a nice healthy alternative to the traditional nacho fare. Now that one of my kids is allergic to a bunch of foods, this might just do the trick for Super Bowl!

  3. I got a kick out of the last photo…the empty plate. I’m going to have to try the recipe…with some shredded pork on top, of course.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hmm, I don’t think they make shredded soy pork, Jason. Maybe the folks at Morningstar Farms could work on that!

  4. oh, I neet to try such combo with nachos! It must be a great treat!

  5. Everyone deserves a great Superbowl snack!

  6. I agree, I like the last picture with the empty plate. They looked yum!

  7. Perfect for game day!

  8. Can’t wait to try these! Going to make some of these vegan recipes too, maybe the chili

  9. Hilarious – and delicious too…

  10. Thanks for reminding me, I completely forgot about the Super Bowl and Matt is hosting. Time to kick in gear and figure out what snacks need to be made. Nachos will definitely be on the list. As usual I am loving your pics, I’m with the others just a few crumbs on the plate – fabulous!

  11. got to have jalapeno’s on nachos!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Agreed. That was a huge mistake on my part. Problem is, I’m the only one in this crew that likes jalapenos!

  12. These look and sound so yummy! I’m betting even Grumpy would eat these up!

  13. Sounds like us! We only watch tennis too! Well generally. We WILL watch the superbowl (mostly for the snacks as well!)..

    Love this post – and guess what, I’ll be quoting you in MY superbowl post later today so be sure to look out for it! 🙂


    • Hi Kathy – thanks for the quote! I had already seen your post on yummy vegan superbowl-themed snacks but must have missed that reference.I love the concept of snackerbowl! Too fun!


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