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Triple Stacked Vegetarian Nachos

These Vegetarian Triple Stacked Nachos are an easy pantry meal the whole family will enjoy any night of the week! They can easily be made vegan or gluten free, and are truly a stand-alone meal!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Servings: 5
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Ingredients

For the rice/veggie meat mixture:

  • 12-16 oz group beef substitute, such as Beyond Meat, Gardein, or Morning Star
  • 2 Tbsps olive oil
  • 3-4 cups rice, cooked (I start with 1 ½ cups uncooked rice, and cook it in my rice cooker
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder

Everything else:

  • 15 oz can beans of choice, drained (my family’s favorite beans in this recipe are black beans, pinto beans, or refried beans)
  • 12 oz tortilla chips, (one standard-sized bag)
  • 6-8 oz cheddar cheese, freshly grated (use vegan cheese to keep these nachos vegan)

To serve: (optional, but all are great additions!)

  • Tomato slices
  • Cilantro, minced
  • Hot sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Jalapeños
  • Lettuce or spinach

Instructions

Cook the rice

  • Cook the rice in your rice cooker, or over the stovetop.

Make the ground beef substitute

  • While the rice cooks, prepare the ground beef substitute.
  • In a medium size skillet, add the ground beef substitute and the olive oil.
  • Note: if using Beyond Meat, I recommend adding ¼ tsp sea salt to the skillet. Beyond Meat ground beef always needs a little seasoning in my book!
  • Let the meat substitute cook in the olive oil until it is warmed through and slightly browned on the outside, about 10-12 minutes.

Make the ground beef substitute/rice mixture

  • Once the rice and ground beef have finished cooking, add them both to a large mixing bowl.
  • Now add in the salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix everything together until combined, and the seasonings are evenly distributed. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

Compile the nachos

  • Lightly oil a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • Now we layer the nachos! Start by spreading out 1/3 of the bag of chips in the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Top the chips with 1/3 of the rice mixture.
  • Top the rice mixture with 1/3 of the black beans.
  • Top the black beans with 1/3 of the cheese.
  • Now repeat this layering order two more times!

Cook the nachos

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cook the nachos for 10-12 minutes, until warm and the cheese has melted.

Serve and enjoy!

  • These Vegetarian Triple Decker Nachos are truly a stand alone meal! Top with freshly minced cilantro and sliced tomatoes. And then go crazy with your favorite sides, such as spinach (to balance the meal!), salsa, sour cream, hot sauce or guacamole.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

If using Beyond Meat Beef Crumbles, I recommend adding ¼ tsp sea salt to the skillet when you cook the crumbles to bring out more flavor.
Make sure to use freshly grated cheddar!  I promise, grating your own cheese is well worth the effort.  Try it once, and you'll never go back!
These nachos are vegetarian!
These nachos are gluten free if you use gluten free tortilla chips and gluten free ground beef substitute (such as Gardein Beefless Ground.)
These nachos are vegan if you use vegan cheese!