Not My Dad’s Nachos

Y’all my Dad can do so many wonderful things in the kitchen, but his nachos are on another level. I have great memories of nomming on them while watching a game, late night movie or even after a long night out. And Dad, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry but I had to make them plant based. I’m not sure I can live without your Nachos every now and then.

It’s nachos guys, not rocket science. And I know there are a million and one ways to make them, and I’ve had a lot, bbq nachos, seafood nachos (those were eh) nachos with a salad on them. All in all you still need some basics. Tortilla chips, meat, beans, jalapenos, and cheese. My Dad will tell you the only way to have the cheese is by getting the block and shredding it yourself – he’s not wrong y’all. The pre-shredded stuff is great in a hurry but there is also additives in it that keep it from sticking together, and to keep it fresh. If you have a cheese grater, do it yourself. So for my Nachos we are going to do things a little different. First, we are using a meat alternative, we are making a cheese sauce and finally only the chips are going in the oven. Let’s get to it. Here’s what we need:

  • Tortilla chips – use your favorite
  • Beefless Ground – get it from Trader Joes. More on this in a minute.
  • Can of black beans – drained and rinsed
  • Taco seasoning – or make your own
  • Jalapenos
  • black olives
  • cheese sauce * we’ll go over how to make this
  • gauc
  • sour cream alternative

I was turned on to this Beefless Ground from Trader Joe’s by some friends of mine (thanks Anne + BT) if you have a Trader Joe’s near you give this a try. It really is by far the best meat alternative that I’ve found out there. One small package is the equivalent of a pound of ground beef. It’s great in sauces, in tacos and in nachos. Leftovers are also great with some JUST EGG scrambled in and wrapped in a tortilla. So here’s what we are going to do: add package of beefless ground into a pan with a little bit of oil and cook through. It’s already cooked so you are just warming it up and adding a little more color to it. add your taco seasoning, add your drained and rinsed black beans and mix together. add just a little bit of water to the mixture and let it simmer together. While that’s working lets get the chips in the oven. Preheat your oven to 375. Lay your chips on a parchment lined baking sheet and spray with a little cooking spray. Sprinkle with chili powder and add some lime zest. Put in the oven for 5-10 minutes. You just want them to be warmed through.

Now let’s talk about this cheese sauce. I’ve made it a few different ways, carrots and potatoes but we are going to use just a few things:

  • Alternative cheese slices- torn apart
  • Alternative cheese shreds
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • unsweetened almond milk

add cheese to a pot and and whisk until it begins to melt. add almond milk and nutritional yeast, keep whisking. it will become bubbly and smooth. Add a little chili powder as well.

Let’s put these babies together. Pile your warm chips on a plate and top with your beans and meat mixture. Drizzle over your cheese sauce. Top with some sliced jalapenos, black olives, guac and sour cream – I used Kite Hill Sour Cream, its a great alternative to regular sour cream. Grab a cold beer and some friend and dig in y’all!!!

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