Melted. Cheesy. Nachos. Vegan.

By Published On: 10 October 2011Last Updated: 17 January 2017

Sometimes you just want melted vegan cheese.....on nachos. See how Jenna inspired me to make a plate piled high with melted vegan cheesy goodness.

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I don’t eat vegan cheese a lot, I (gasp!) don’t care for it that much.  As a non-vegan I never really cared for the dairy version either, most often leaving it off of my pizzas, sandwiches, and pasta.  As a vegan, I eat vegan cheese as a treat- and then only sparingly.  All of that said, sometimes you just need want cheesy nachos.  When I do, it’s Daiya that I’m reaching for.  Why?  It melts, it’s one of the only vegan cheeses I’ve had (that are available to me in my area) that melts.

[I am dedicating my nachos to Jenna of JenoJoon because (she’s awesome and) she’s taken on the arduous task of making nachos in all manners of happy ways for Vegan MoFo.  All that nacho talkin’ inspired me to make some!]

These are pretty basic nachos; beans, onions, tomatoes, olives, salsa, with cheese alongside a pile of homemade guacamole.  I didn’t have refried beans on hand, I made my own smokey version that turned out pretty darn good.  I cooked some red beans in a mix of vegan chicken stock and the soaking water from rehydrating a chipotle pepper until they were falling apart.  I mashed them in the saucepan until no whole beans were left.  I added diced onion and lots of minced garlic.  I cooked that for a few minutes.  I added oregano, black pepper, cumin, and smoky paprika- stirred well.  Let cook for an additional minute and then removed from heat.  I added a bit of hot sauce at the end, I like them hot.

I layered beans, olives, salsa, and cheese over my chips then tossed them in the broiler for a few minutes.  Viola! Melted vegan cheesy goodness.


  1. meg October 11, 2011 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Haha my vegan nachos are WAY lazier. I put down a layer of plain Sun Chips (mmmm), a layer of refried beans, and a layer of cheddar Daiya, then nuke it for a couple minutes. =P Delicious and easy.

  2. kristiina October 11, 2011 at 1:37 am - Reply

    They look awesome!

  3. Noochy Nachos! « jenojoon October 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    […] by the way- be sure to head over to Your Daily Vegan for some seriously delicious looking nachos! (I even got a little shout out!) […]

  4. Sarah (appifanie) October 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    I love nachos! I’m powerless against them! Yums.

  5. Jenna October 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Aww shucks! Thanks for the shout out! ;) These nachos look super delicious!! I’m still undecided on the version of nachos for dinner tonight…

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Writer, activist, and founder of Four Urban Paws Sanctuary. I’m on a mission to help people live a vegan life. Read more about KD…