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Recipe courtesy of Mary McCartney

Ultimate Chili "Cheese" Nachos

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: 4 to 5 servings
There's something so delicious and comforting about a bed of warm corn tortilla chips topped with a liberal drizzling of my ultimate vegan nacho "cheese" sauce. Spoon on a generous dollop of my one-pot chili and a sprinkle of chopped jalapenos and cilantro.


Meatless Chili:

Nacho "Cheese" Sauce:



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. For the meatless chili: Heat the oil in a medium-large saucepan. Stir in the onions and red bell pepper and fry at a gentle sizzle until just starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the kidney beans, plant-based meat, green beans and garlic. Turn up the heat to hear that sizzle and cook, about 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the tamari, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, chili paste, chopped tomatoes and 1/3 cup water. Bring to a gentle simmer, then cook, checking and stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes. The sauce should be rich, tangy and thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Finally, stir in the cilantro.
  4. For the nacho "cheese" sauce: Heat the oil in a medium pan, stir in the flour and cook, about 1 minute. Gradually stir in the milk using a wooden spoon or whisk to avoid any lumps. Bring to a gently bubbling simmer and cook until the sauce thickens to a creamy consistency and coats the back of a wooden spoon, 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add the nutritional yeast, chipotle paste, bouillon and turmeric, stirring constantly to marry all the flavors, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  6. For the assembly: Spread the nacho chips on a baking sheet and bake to warm them through, about 3 minutes.
  7. Spread the chips out onto a platter or in individual bowls. Spoon the nacho sauce onto the warm tortilla chips, add the chili in the middle and top with the jalapenos and cilantro.