Vegan Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos recipe

This easy vegan sheet pan nachos recipe is the BOMB. Loaded with homemade enchilada sauce, and cheesy deliciousness all topped with peppers and fresh herbs. It’s a nachos party waiting to happen and I’m here for it.

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There’s nachos and then there’s this Vegan Loaded Sheet pan Nachos recipe. Think melty cheese that clings in oozing stringy threads to each nacho you pry from the plate. All topped with my AMAZING homemade enchilada sauce and topped with crispy spicy peppers. It doesn’t get much better as a quick vegan party platter or game night treat that everyone will adore. 

Words of warning though: these nachos are so delicious that I never seem to be able to make enough. No matter how big a plate I serve they are devoured in no time and people are still asking for more.

Why you need to make this gluten-free vegan loaded Sheet pan nachos recipe:

  • It’s a super simple snack recipe that can double as dinner
  • A quick, ready in just 15-minutes meal that can double as a side dish 
  • Makes The best vegan party snack plate
  • Vegan, gluten-free, and basically safe for most any food intolerance 
  • A crowd-pleaser vegan recipe 
  • Kid-friendly – in fact, make a double batch if there are kids present because they will devour these nachos in minutes 
  • A great recipe to make with children 
  • A healthier nachos recipe 

What ingredients do you need to make the best vegan sheetpan nachos 

  • Tortilla chips of your choice 
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes 
  • Fresh herbs – cilantro or basil 
  • Vegan shredded cheese, such as Violife just like cheddar shreds
  • Smoked paprika 
  • Salt
  • Avocado, diced (optional)
  • Spring onion, chopped or diced red onion 

Then there’s the sauce. We can’t forget about what might be the best homemade vegan and gluten-free white enchilada sauce. This sauce is thick, creamy, delicious, and made in just 5-minutes. Every mouthful is like a taste of cheese heaven dancing on your tongue. 

What ingredients do you need to make vegan enchilada sauce 

  • almond milk 
  • garlic powder 
  • nutritional yeast 
  • sriracha sauce 
  • sweet chili sauce 
  • cornstarch 
  • chives, chopped 
  • Salt pepper to taste

That’s it. A super simple and mouthwatering vegan sauce that you will be wanting to put on everything. 

Homemade Enchilada sauce lifehack tip

This vegan enchilada sauce can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator. I recommend always having a jar of this sauce ready in your refrigerator because it can double as an amazing salad dressing or a cheesy creamy sandwich spread.

More topping ideas for luxe out-of-this-world vegan nachos with ALL the toppings:

  • Avocado – of course, a truly rich and decadent nachos topping needs avocado in it. Slice it, dice it or serve your avocado as guacamole. Just get It in there.
  • Red onions – finely chopped red onion adds a zingy spicy taste to the recipe.
  • Sriracha or chili sauce – if you’re looking for extra spice on your nachos you can add a drizzle of sriracha sauce or a teaspoon of chili sauce to the homemade enchilada sauce.
  • Chopped salad – crispy, fresh chopped salad is amazing with nachos.
  • Black beans – want more plant-based protein? If yes, then add a can of rinsed and drained black beans to the topping and enjoy the tender, meaty texture. You can thank me later.

How to make vegan white enchilada sauce

  • Melt the butter in a pot and add garlic powder. Cook while stirring for half a minute to bring out the flavors of the garlic.
  • Next, whisk in nutritional yeast, Sriracha sauce, sweet chili sauce, and cornstarch. Whisk in almond milk a little at a time to get a lump-free sauce. Whisk until the sauce thickens.
  • Finally, add the chopped chives and salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Your super easy ready-in-under-5-minutes enchilada sauce is ready to take your meal to the next flavor level right away.

Now, let’s take a quick walkthrough of how to make the best vegan nachos 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
  • Place the chips on a lined baking sheet and top with vegan cheese shreds. Season with salt and smoked paprika and top with sliced peppers and chopped tomatoes. Cook in the oven for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese melts. I like to leave my nachos in the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt and the edges to become crispy.
  • Remove from the oven and place the chips on a plate. Garnish with fresh basil or cilantro, chopped avocado, and a generous drizzle of homemade enchilada sauce. 
  • Serve and enjoy.

Note: the keen observer will notice something missing from my photos. Yep, that’s right. You won’t see any avocado topping in my pictures and that’s pure because I had already used all my avocados to make guacamole. Yum. Otherwise, I will always recommend topping with avocados. Always.

What sauces and dips to serve with loaded nachos

Mmm, there are so many tasty sauce and dip options to choose from. From cheese dips to salsa, you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Still, here are my top 5 best nachos dips:

  • Guacamole – is my all-time favorite. Creamy, silky, and oh-so-delicious guacamole will always be my number 1 dip
  • My super easy homemade vegan enchilada sauce – you can’t go wrong with this ultra-luxe, creamy and cheesy nachos sauce dip.
  • Salsa – chopped tomatoes, chopped red onions, fresh herbs, lime, salt, and pepper. You just can’t go wrong with a simple salsa and nachos combo
  • Sour cream dip – a simple, creamy, and tasty dip. I like to use vegan sour cream. All you need is sour cream, chives, salt, and pepper and you’ve got a super tasty nachos dip. Yum
  • Cheese dip (vegan, or regular) 

Frequently asked questions 

What kind of tortilla chips are best to make nachos?

It depends on what you’re personal preference is. But here are the top 5 best tortilla chips for making nachos:

  • Overall best for making nachos: Calidad Tortilla Chips
  • Late July Organic Sea Salt Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips
  • Xochitl Salted Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Tostitos Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips
  • Garden of Eatin’ Blue Corn Tortilla chips

Are nachos gluten-free?

Yes. Or should I say, usually? It all depends on the toppings you use. This easy vegan nachos recipe is gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free. It’s basically a food intolerance-safe recipe you will be making on repeat.

Note: always check the tacos chips ingredients list to make sure they are gluten-free. 

Are tortilla chips the healthiest?

Tortilla chips are a crunchy, salty, and delicious snack that will satisfy all your savory cravings. It’s not the healthiest option, though. But it’s all worth the extra calories. For a healthier alternative to tortilla chips, you can use root vegetable chips or sweet potato chips.

Vegan Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos recipe

This easy vegan sheet pan nachos recipe is the BOMB. Loaded with homemade enchilada sauce, and cheesy deliciousness all topped with peppers and fresh herbs. It’s a nachos party waiting to happen and I’m here for it.
There’s nachos and then there’s this Vegan Loaded Sheetpan Nachos recipe. Think melty cheese that clings in oozing stringy threads to each nacho you pry from the plate. All topped with my AMAZING homemade enchilada sauce and topped with crispy spicy peppers. It doesn’t get much better as a quick vegan party platter or game night treat that everyone will adore. 
Course Dinner, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword snacks, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Ingredients

For the Nachos

  • cups Shredded Vegan Cheese Such as Violife just like cheddar shreds
  • 4 cups Homemade Enchilada Sauce
  • 3 Tomatoes Chopped
  • 2 Mixed Bell Peppers Diced
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1-2 Avocados Diced (optional)
  • 1 Spring onion Sliced (or diced red onion)
  • 1 bunch (1 cup packed) Fresh Cilantro or Fresh Basil Chopped

Homemade vegan white enchilada sauce

  • 4 tbsp Vegan Butter or coconut butter
  • 3 cups Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1-2 tsp Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Corn Starch
  • 2 tbsp Chives Chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

For the Homemade Vegan White Enchilada Sauce

  • Melt the butter in a pot and add garlic powder. Cook while stirring for half a minute to bring out the flavors of the garlic.
  • Next, whisk in nutritional yeast, Sriracha sauce, sweet chili sauce, and cornstarch. Whisk in almond milk a little at a time to get a lump-free sauce. Whisk until the sauce thickens.
  • Finally, add the chopped chives and salt and pepper to taste.
    Store the homemade white enchilada sauce in a clean jar or sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Making the Nachos

  • Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
  • Place the chips on a lined baking sheet and top with vegan cheese shreds. Season with salt and smoked paprika and top with sliced peppers and chopped tomatoes. Cook in the oven for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a plate. Garnish with fresh basil or cilantro, chopped avocado, and a generous drizzle of homemade enchilada sauce. 
    Serve and enjoy.

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