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Healthy Vegetarian Nachos

An easy, hands-off recipe for lunch or a snack you can make in minutes.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Vegetarian Nachos
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Ginger Hultin


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 15- oz can unsalted pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 16- ounce bag of tortilla chips
  • 2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (shredded (about 1/2 cup), or vegan)
  • 1 cup green salsa
  • 1 cup red salsa or pico de gallo
  • 1 whole ripe avocado (sliced thinly)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan then add garlic and cook until fragrant and slightly browned. Add beans, 2 Tablespoons of lime juice, salt, chili powder, and cumin. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes then set aside.
  • Line a large baking pan with parchment paper or a silicon liner. Spread chips evenly across the entire pan in a thin layer.
  • Spoon bean mixture evenly over tortilla wedges on baking sheet. If you want to make separate sections, feel free to spread it just over 1/2 or alternate sections of chips. Sprinkle cheese over the top of all chips.
  • Bake in the oven for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is meltd.
  • Spoon pico de gallo and green salsa alternately in sections over melted cheese. Place avocado slices evenly across nachos. Sprinkle the entire pan with cilantro and serve immediately.


Recipe adapted from Jamie Vespa in Cooking Light.
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