These nachos are a meal in and of themselves. You can prepare them nachos-style, or serve them like a multi-layer dip, with baked tortilla chips on the side. The recipe makes plenty of cheese sauce, so you may have leftovers; try this versatile sauce on potatoes, with raw or cooked vegetables, and added to cooked whole grains and legumes.

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By Julieanna Hever,

Ingredients

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • CHEESE SAUCE
  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked in warm water for at least 10 minutes and drained
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 roasted red pepper (from the jar), roughly chopped (½ cup)
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1½ tsp. reduced-sodium tamari sauce (or Bragg's Liquid Aminos or low-sodium soy sauce)
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • BEAN DIP
  • 1 (16-ounce) can oil-free refried beans or canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup prepared salsa
  • 1½ teaspoons chili powder
  • GARNISHES (optional)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ½ cup prepared salsa
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped (parsley or lettuce can substitute)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the tortillas into bite-size triangles. Place tortilla triangles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until crisp.
  • In a blender, combine cashews, tahini, roasted red pepper, nutritional yeast, tamari, lemon zest and juice, cayenne, and water. Blend on high until smooth, and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the beans, salsa, and chili powder, and stir gently. Once the beans are smooth warmed through, turn off heat.
  • To assemble nachos-style: Place the baked chips on a platter, then top each with some of the beans and cheese sauce. Garnish with avocado, salsa, and cilantro. To assemble as a layered dip: Layer the cheese sauce over the bean mixture in a shallow bowl or baking dish, and garnish with avocado, salsa, and cilantro. Serve with the baked tortilla chips for dipping.

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Christy H

We call this “birthday dip” or “once a year” dip in our household as I only make it on special occasions and my children and guests alike LoVE it. I quadruple the batch and it is still gone within a few days. I layer bean mix, cilantro, “cheese”, then homemade guacamole with the avocado seed on top to keep the guac green and not turn brown, using a glass dish to appreciate the layers.

Tom

Not great. The tortilla chips came out super chewy. The bean dip part is good. I would use it for other recipes. I used the FOK "queso," which was terrible.

Cathy

We make this often. Great party dish - even meat lovers like it!

Kari

Great! My kids and husband loved this recipe. We layered it and served guacamole on the side.

MamaS223

Delish! Even my kids ate it!

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Julieanna Hever

Julieanna Hever is author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, columnist for VegNews magazine, and a special consultant to Forks Over Knives. Hever is also a nationally sought-out speaker and was featured on The Dr. Oz Show. For updates from Hever, visit PlantBasedDietitian.com and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
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