Ohh So Craveable Potato Nachos

Vegan Potato Nachos

Recipe by Katie Mae
 
If I go out to eat with friends, it’s usually at a Mexican restaurant because it’s so easy to get a healthy plant-based dish. I usually order whole beans, brown rice, steamed veggies with salsa and guacamole. It’s delicious and I’m completely satisfied. The only downfall is that, sometimes, someone I’m with will order a big plate of nachos.

That’s when the cravings start.

Of course, I don’t want any dairy cheese nor the deep-fried chips.

BUT if a whole food, plant-based option was available… I’d be all over it. So I bring you a nacho plate that meets my standards for real food. It starts with oil-free potato chips and then topped with a spicy, cheesy sauce, and lots of raw veggies!

 
Makes 2 servings (1 large plate)
Ready in 25 minutes
Stores 4 days in fridge (unassembled)

 

INGREDIENTS

NACHO CHEEZE

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1½ cups cooked cannellini beans (15oz can), drained and rinsed
  • 1½ cups raw cashews, soaked
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed butter)
  • 1 tablespoon stoneground mustard/li>
  • ½ tablespoon chipotle powder or other chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules

POTATO CHIPS

  • 2 sweet potatoes

NACHO TOPPINGS

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, diced
  • 2 lime wedges

 

ACTION STEPS

 
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a mandolin cut the sweet potatoes into 1/8 inch slices. If you don’t have a mandolin, carefully cut the sweet potatoes cross-sectionally into thin slices.

PKM sweet potato chips

2. Spread the slices in a single layer across the prepared baking sheets. Bake them for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven to flip each slice. Then bake them for 8 to 10 more minutes until the slices are tender in the middle and crispy on the edges. Oven temperatures can vary, so pay attention so they don’t burn.

3. Add all ingredients to a food processor. Blend until it has a creamy consistency. Add a little water or non-dairy milk to thin the sauce to the consistency you want.

PKM sweet potato chips 2

4. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, pile them onto a plate. Drizzle the cheese sauce across the chips and sprinkle with the peppers, onion and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and if you’d like, a salsa, such as the Dried Chile Salsa or Heirloom Tomato Salsa.

PKM potato nachos 2

CHEF’S NOTES

 
If you prefer a nut-free cheeze sauce, feel free to replace the 1.5 cups of cashews, with 1 additional cup of white beans, OR 1.5 cups of steamed cauliflower.

You will probably have left over Nacho Cheeze if you follow this recipe exactly. You could either make more sweet potato chips, slice more toppings, and serve more people, OR you can simply store the leftover sauce for later. It’s delicious paired with a baked potato, steamed veggies, or a bean chili.

 
 
Did you like this recipe? If so, please share it with your friends and family. We could all use more healthy recipes for our favorite comfort foods. I have a feeling they’ll thank you for it!

6 Comments

  1. Pam
    December 20, 2015

    Hi Katie,
    This looks really good!! My husband isn’t fond of sweet potatoes though so I’m wondering if this would work with Russets or Yukon Gold’s (or some other type of potato)?
    Another side note it that when I make it I will probably substitute grated walnuts for the nutritional yeast (that seems to work well in most recipes). What are your thoughts on that?
    And can I just leave out the Tahini (I don’t have any) and/or do I need to substitute something else for the Tahini.
    Thanks so much!
    Pam

    • Katie Mae
      Katie Mae
      December 28, 2015

      Hi Pam,

      Yes, you can substitute any potatoes for the sweet potatoes. You could also use walnuts instead of the nutritional yeast, but the nutritional yeast does a better job of imparting a “cheesy” flavor. You can just leave the tahini out if you’d like. Hope you and your husband enjoy the nachos!

      • Pam
        December 30, 2015

        Thanks Katie! Any suggestions on what type of white potatoes might work best?

        • Katie Mae
          Katie Mae
          December 30, 2015

          I recommend Yukon Gold Potatoes because they have a delicious, almost-buttery flavor. If you have access to purple potatoes, it could be fun to mix those in for more color and extra nutrients!

  2. Jordasche Kingston
    January 8, 2016

    Hi. I made these the day before yesterday – I LOVED them!!! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Katie Mae
      Katie Mae
      January 8, 2016

      Awesome, Jordasche! Isn’t it great to have a healthy option for NACHOS!?! I love these too!