Vegetarian Nachos with Creamy Cilantro Lime Drizzle

Words cannot express how badly you need these vegetarian nachos in your life. They’re great on their own but the creamy cilantro lime drizzle puts them over the top!

Words cannot express how badly you need these vegetarian nachos in your life. They're great on their own but the creamy cilantro lime drizzle puts them over the top! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I feel like if you lived a life where you ate vegetarian nachos everyday, you’d be living a pretty good life. Perhaps it wouldn’t be the most low-calorie diet in the world, but it would be tasty!

We’ve had Mexican food three days in a row now. And I’m still looking at these nachos at 9pm and craving them fiercely. Three nights in a row! Oh boy that sounds worse than it actually is….or maybe it doesn’t sound bad? On Sunday, we had to try out a new Mexican place that my in-laws said was better than my current favorite (local) Mexican place. They have a live band on Sundays so we had to take the kids and give it a try. Turns out it doesn’t even hold a candle to the place I like, but it was a fun night out nonetheless. I had bought stuff to make tacos so I did that the next night and then tonight, we had leftovers. OF COURSE.

Tomorrow Ben won’t be home for dinner. So I’ll probably have popcorn. Or maybe I’ll have more leftover tacos. They are the gift that keeps on giving.

Words cannot express how badly you need these vegetarian nachos in your life. They're great on their own but the creamy cilantro lime drizzle puts them over the top! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

About these vegetarian nachos:

I absolutely love these vegetarian nachos – they are packed full of flavor thanks to bell peppers and onions and protein-rich black beans. I toss that whole mixture together with a healthy dose of my homemade taco seasoning. Add in tons of cheese. Please, don’t make nachos without tons of cheese. That’s sinful behavior.

Words cannot express how badly you need these vegetarian nachos in your life. They're great on their own but the creamy cilantro lime drizzle puts them over the top! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I wanted to add an extra boost of flavor so I blended together this creamy cilantro lime drizzle. It takes less than 2 minutes to make in the blender and brightens up the nachos perfectly. The cheese and chip situation can tend to get pretty rich (not a bad thing), so the super bright and fresh flavors of the lime and cilantro are the perfect touch on these vegetarian nachos. I had a bit of this drizzle left over and it made for a phenomenal salad dressing the next day.

Words cannot express how badly you need these vegetarian nachos in your life. They're great on their own but the creamy cilantro lime drizzle puts them over the top! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Toppings optional, although highly recommended. What are nachos without toppings? B-O-R-I-N-G. (Actually they’re still pretty darn good but toppings are like icing on the cake. Would you eat cake without frosting?!?)

PS: Want to kick these up a notch? Try them with homemade nacho cheese sauce!

Want more goodies for a Mexican fiesta? I love these stuffed mini peppers and this southwestern orzo salad is a total crowd-pleaser.

Vegetarian Nachos with Creamy Cilantro Lime Drizzle

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Words cannot express how badly you need these vegetarian nachos in your life. They're great on their own but the creamy cilantro lime drizzle puts them over the top!

Ingredients:

For the Nachos

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) reduced sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 bag (9 ounces) tortilla chips
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Optional garnishes: cilantro, avocado, tomato, salsa, green onions

For cream drizzle

  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup tightly packed torn cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add peppers and onions and saute until softened.  Add black beans and taco seasoning and stir to combine.
  3. Coat 2 sheet pans with nonstick cooking spray. Spread chips into an even layer on pan. Top half of cheese, then with pepper and bean mixture, then top with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and melted.
  5. Meanwhile, blend creamy cilantro lime drizzle ingredients together in a blender until combined and no large pieces of cilantro remain. Drizzle over nachos immediately prior to serving. Top with desired toppings.

 

Verdict: Chips, cheese, beans, drizzle. I’m a fan.
Husband’s take: He devoured these vegetarian nachos. I mean really, who wouldn’t love these?
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy.

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

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11 comments

  1. YUM! not only do these look fantastic, but that drizzle?! so amazing, I need it!!! awesome rach x

  2. I LOVE veggies piled on my nachos — forget the meat. These look so colorful and yummy!!

  3. Nothing wrong with Mexican food three nights in a row, particularly when these nachos are involved. I’m pretty sure that cilantro cream drizzle should be eaten with a spoon.

  4. I love nachos as a meal- especially with that creamy cilantro dressing :) Yum!

  5. My family could it this every single day for MORE than 3 nights in a row!! Extra creamy cilantro lime drizzle for me, please. ;)

  6. thank you from the bottom of my heart me and my vegetarian friends too! what a treat xoxo

  7. Hahaha when my husband travels, I eat popcorn for dinner too! BUT if I had these nachos, then boy would I be happy. That dressing sounds spectacular!

  8. looks great

  9. I LOVE making nachos at home. I’m a huge fan of getting them out but I often times get annoyed at the topping to chip ratio. When I make them at home I know I’m getting my nachos fully loaded! Love that you made these vegetarian too :)

  10. Would you have any suggestions what I could substitute for the peppers?
    I have an allergy.

    • Hmmm…you could leave them out completely, or you could try carrots! Sounds a little weird, I know, but they would add a nice sweetness like the bell peppers. Just make sure to saute them long enough with the onions so they are nice and soft and then add lots of great taco seasoning. Enjoy!

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