These delicious plant-powered nachos are packed with flavour and nutritional benefits. This recipe features avocados, which are rich in healthy fats, along with black beans, an excellent source of protein and fibre. The star of this dish is a homemade cashew cheese sauce, a dairy-free alternative to queso. The next time you want to indulge in a satisfying treat, try these tasty plant-powered nachos.

Keep reading to learn how to make them!


1 bag baked tortilla chips

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained, or 1.5 cups cooked black beans

1 tbsp avocado or olive oil

1/2 small red onion, diced

1 tsp smoked paprika

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp lime juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Additional Toppings: 

1 avocado, chopped

1 red bell pepper, diced

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

2 green onions, diced

1 small jalapeno, sliced or 2 tbsp pickled jalapenos (optional)

1/4 cup black olive slices (optional)

Dairy-free cheese sauce, drizzled on top or on the side for dipping

Salsa, for dipping


  1. Make the dairy-free cheese sauce according to the recipe.
  2. Make your seasoned black beans:
    • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet over medium heat
    • Add red onions, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.
    • Cook, stirring often, for about 6 minutes, then add garlic.
    • Cook for another minute or so until fragrant, then add black beans.
    • Stir to combine and heat until warm (about 2-3 minutes)
    • Add lime juice and toss to combine. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
    • Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Arrange chips on a large serving platter or on multiple plates for individual servings.
  4. Sprinkle on cooked black beans and other desired toppings, then drizzle with dairy-free cheese sauce.
  5. Enjoy!
plant-powered nachos

Dairy-Free Nacho Cheese

1 cup raw cashews

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil

3 tbsp nutritional yeast

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp salt, or more to taste

3/4 cup hot water, or more if needed

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until creamy. Start by adding 3/4 cup water, then slowly add more as needed until you’ve reached a drizzle-able consistency.