Nachos don't need chemicals to be delicious

FIT Staff
Jan 31, 2014

This recipe isn't really much of a recipe other than it contains my recipe for vegan taco meat without using a chemical- and preservative-filled seasoning packet.

Basically I gathered all the goodies I wanted on my nachos and threw it in the oven for 15 minutes to heat and melt the cheese.

You could top this with some vegan sour cream if you like, but I just happen to hate sour cream, ugh gag!

The recipe for the meat makes approximately the equivalent to 1 pound of ground beef, so depending on how hungry you are serving size varies from 2-4 servings.

You will need:

- A few hand fulls of your favorite tortilla chips (I'm addicted to Kroger's Simple Truth Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips, seriously just the right amount of salty goodness mmmmmm)

-Desired amount of prepared taco meat (recipe below)

-Desired amount of canned refried beans, organic if possible (I found heating in the microwave made them easier to spread)

-Shredded cheese (there are plenty of good options out there, I used Daiya Cheddar but I've had Go Veggie! Mexican and it's good too. It is bit smelly but tastes great)

-Jarred Organic Salsa, or homemade if you have some (I made salsa almost once a week over the summer, it's super easy, I'll share recipe soon)

-Additional toppings of your choice like: jalapeños,  green chiles, sour cream, olives, etc.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Assemble your nachos, I used a round cake pan to bake mine so I could pile it high and not worry about spillage. Bake for about 15 minutes or until cheese melts. Keep on eye on it, I scorched my bottom layer of chips.

Taco Meat Recipe

This makes enough meat for several tacos or a few big plates of nachos or taco salad. It is super quick and easy, and cooks in 5 minutes or less!

You will need:

1 12 ounce package Lightlife Smart Ground (I LOVE this stuff, I use it in place of ground beef for EVERYTHING)

1 cup water

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

Lightly coat large skillet with oil, or spray with organic cooking spray like I do. Over medium heat break up and lightly brown the "meat" for 2-3 minutes. Add spices and water, mix well and turn heat to high.  Once water comes to boil reduce heat to medium and stir frequently until water is absorbed and consistency resembles taco meat. Serve warm.