My family loves appetizers for dinner, and one of their number one requests is vegan nachos. Often, on the weekends, we watch football, play games, and eat healthy snacks instead of dinner.
Usually, I take requests, so this weekend, the crew wanted vegan nachos. Luckily, I prepared a recipe for my Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce in advance, so I was prepared for the challenge.
Whole-foods chips for nachos or other options
The challenge with making nachos is always the tortilla chips. There is, however, one brand of no-salt, oil-oil tortilla chips that can be purchased at the store.
Although baked tortilla chips are available in the supermarket, they still contain oil. But making your own baked tortilla chips is easy! Not only can you bake your own tortilla chip, but homemade tortilla chips can also be air-fried.
How to make oil-free tortilla chips for vegan nachos
First, I cut tortillas into quarters. For this tortillas chip recipe, I chose 16 small tortillas. Both flour and corn tortillas, for example, work well for this recipe.
Then, I soaked the quartered tortillas with lime juice in a bowl, tossing them around with my hands until they were all wet.
Next, select the seasonings you want to flavor the chips, such as cumin, chili powder, or salt.
Once the seasonings are combined, I added to the bowl of wet tortillas, slowly tossing until covered in spicy goodness.
Air-frying the homemade tortillas
Once coated, I suggest cooking the tortillas, in shifts, in a single layer. As a result, the tortilla chips will stay uniform and not stick together.
- Cook at 400 degrees, in a single layer
- Cook for 3 minutes
- Remove cooked chips and place them in a bowl while you repeat the steps until all chips are air-fried
Baking the homemade tortillas
- Preheat oven to 400 F/ 205 C
- Place the pieces on a parchment-lined cookie sheet or use a silicone baking mat.
- Brush the top side of the tortilla pieces with lime juice.
- Sprinkle with seasoning and evenly spreading the chips out
- Flip over and brush the other side. Sprinkle the rest of the seasoning
- Bake for 16-17 minutes or until they are crispy and just starting to brown
If chips aren't your thing, try these other nacho recipes without chips:
Vegan Nachos: layers and layers of ingredients
Begin with a layer of chips on the bottom of a baking sheet. Then, choose your toppings. Although any toppings can be used or substituted, I chose these ingredients for today's nachos.
Vegan Nacho Ingredients
- Oil-free chips or chip of choice
- Vegan Lentil Taco Meat
- Pinto beans (or use black beans or oil-free refried beans)
- Red bell pepper
- Red onions (yellow or white can be substituted)
- Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
Raw ingredients added after cooking:
- Roma tomatoes
- Salsa of choice
- Vegan Sour Cream
Cooking the vegan nachos; how to avoid soggy nachos.
Once the chips are cooked (or uses bagged chips), lay a single layer of chips on a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. If using a bagged brand, place them in the oven to get them warm before adding the toppings.
Another suggestion is to ring refrigerated toppings to room temperature before piling them onto the warm chips.
To avoid soggy nachos, always add the wettest ingredients last: the vegetables and cheese sauce.
Then, layer again and add the ingredients as listed above. The cheese sauce, since it is in liquid form, should be drizzled last.
When the oven is pre-heated to 350, it takes a mere 15 minutes until nacho time!
Because the tomatoes contain seeds and are wet, I use Roma tomatoes, which have fewer seeds. Also, adding the tomatoes after cooking prevents the tomatoes from making the chips soggy while cooking.
If you love healthy vegan recipes, try these Mexican dishes!
- Mexican Corn Salad
- Vegan Taquitos
- Cauliflower Tacos
- Vegan Enchiladas
- Potato Tacos
- Walnut Meat Tacos
- Tofu Tacos
- Tempeh Tacos
- Fruit Salsa Recipe
- Chimichanga Recipe
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂