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These “Cheesy” Chipotle Nachos Are Actually Dairy-Free

This vegan cheese sauce has fab flavor, without the cholesterol.

If the term “healthy nachos” makes you think of a glorified, cheese-less salad with two meager chips on top, this recipe from Charles Chen might just blow your mind. The secret? A chipotle cheese sauce that’s reminiscent of ballpark nachos—but it’s made entirely from veggies, nuts, and chipotle seasonings. Say what?

Chen is a chef, entrepreneur, and vivacious host of the online cooking show Kitchen Hustle, where “hustlers learn how to fuel their passions.” Throughout his childhood, Chen struggled with his health. As a teenager, he was prediabetic and a self-proclaimed couch potato who had no energy or motivation to make healthier choices. After hitting what he calls his “rock bottom moment,” he reclaimed his health, lost more than 100 pounds, and now helps others fuel their “bodies, mind, and spirit starting in the kitchen.”

Even if you’re not vegan, here’s why you should try Chen’s dairy-free take on these party-perfect nachos. You know a creamy, melty cheese sauce is crucial for nachos that nobody can resist, but that cheese comes at a cost. Cheese and other dairy products are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Canned nacho cheese come with a ton of sodium and a long list of unpronounceable additives to keep it shelf-stable. And you know it’s hard to control your portion, so you might end up consuming a total calorie bomb without even realizing it.

You won’t find any of that in this chipotle cheese sauce. Chen works some #veganmagic and creates a creamy, flavorful sauce with potatoes, carrots, and cashews, so your nachos get that oh-so-important cheese texture and flavor but with the added benefits of potassium, fiber, vitamin A, healthy fats, and more.

Bring these vegan nachos to your next party and don’t say a word. Your guests may not even notice it’s totally dairy-free.

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups diced potatoes
  • 2 tbsp raw cashews
  • 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 chipotle peppers
  • 1/4 cup yellow corn, cooked
  • 1/4 cup garbanzo beans, cooked
  • 2 chopped soy/vegan chorizo links
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • dash each of cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
  • 1 grab bag size (2.3 oz) corn chips (unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup edamame, cooked and shelled
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
Instructions
Steam Carrots & Potato. Set aside to cool. Blend all Chipotle Cheese ingredients (potatoes, carrots, cashews, almond milk, salt, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, spices, and chipotle peppers). Pour nachos into a serving bowl (or plate). Top with veggies and pour over sauce. Garnish with hemp seeds & cilantro.
Charles Chen

This video features Charles Chen. Charles Chen is a chef, host, and wellness expert based in Los Angeles and New York City.

Duration: 2:57. Last Updated On: Sept. 26, 2017, 7:01 p.m.
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, . Review date: Sept. 5, 2017

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves 5
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories
233
11% Complete
11%
Fat
5g
7% Complete
7%
Cholesterol
0mg
0% Complete
0%
Sodium
481mg
20% Complete
20%
Carbohydrates
38g
38% Complete
38%
Fiber
7g
28% Complete
28%
Sugar
4g
8% Complete
8%
Protein
10g
19% Complete
19%
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dietary Needs

Dairy Free
Dairy Free
Diabetes Diet
Diabetes Diet
Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Heart Healthy
Heart Healthy
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Sugar
Lower Sugar
Vegan
Vegan
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
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