Triple Stacked Vegetarian Nachos

April 7, 2020     Updated May 2, 2021    Jump to Recipe


These Triple Stacked Vegetarian Nachos are loaded with black beans, cheese, and my seasoned rice and meat substitute recipe.

We are a family of nacho lovers.

Even when my daughter was a somewhat picky three-year-old, nachos were one meal I knew the whole family would enjoy.

You may be saying to yourself that nachos are not a meal.


Vegetarian Nachos: Definitely a Meal!

Well, they may not be the healthiest meal to enjoy multiple nights a week, but I’ll shamelessly confess that we make my Triple Stacked Vegetarian Nachos basically once a week.  Saturday nights are usually nacho night, or Chipotle Grilled Burrito night.  And right now, as we spend so much time at home trying to keep healthy, we look forward to nacho night all the more!

My Triple Stacked Vegetarian Nachos are just about as healthy and balanced as nachos can be.


Packed with protein from the Beyond Meat ground beef crumbles (or whatever your favorite ground beef or ground beef substitute is!), black beans, and cheese—yes, cheese actually has a decent amount of protein!—these nachos are incredibly filling.  We always serve them with a side of, or on top of, a bed of greens.

As any nacho lover knows, one of the best parts of nachos is going crazy with the sides!  Some of our favorites include fresh cilantro, tomato slices, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and hot sauce.


Our Favorite Hot Sauce for Vegetarian Nachos

About two months ago, my husband, the ultimate hot sauce connoisseur, discovered a new hot sauce that we both absolutely flip over: Pain is Good Habanero Sambal Hot Sauce [aff. link].

I’m not joking when I say I could just about drink this stuff.

That may sound extreme, but this hot sauce is literally that good!

Our current favorite hot sauce, Pain is Good Habanero Sambal. This sauce has great flavor, and the heat it brings to meals does not overpower the dish. Click to view on amazon! [aff. link]

Even if you’re not the biggest hot sauce fan, I would still recommend you give this one a try!  Though I do have a pretty high tolerance for heat and spice in my food, I generally avoid hot sauce because I think it’s a shame when the heat from a sauce over powers the actual flavors of the meal.

That is never a problem with this sambal hot sauce. It’s a hot sauce that isn’t just straight heat—there’s a delicious, slightly sweet flavor that compliments most any meal deserving of hot sauce—like these Vegetarian Triple Stacked Nachos—perfectly!

You should definitely give this amazing sauce a try! [aff. link]


Stay Excited About Meals At Home!

I think we’re all looking for easy pantry meals we can get excited about during these long days at home, and these Vegetarian Triple Stacked Nachos fit the bill!

Make these nachos tonight, and if your family is anything like mine, you may find yourself making these triple stacked nachos once a week!

5 from 2 votes

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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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


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!


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!

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. David @ Spiced

    5 stars
    Oh, I totally agree with you about nachos as a meal! In fact, this sounds like the perfect weekend meal if you ask me. A plate full of nachos and a cold beer? That’s how I like to roll on the weekends! Thanks for sharing that hot sauce, too. I’m like you – I enjoy spicy foods, but the flavors have to complement one another. If the hot sauce overtakes the rest of the dish, then I lose interest. Great recipe, my friend!

    1. Shannon

      Thank you David! For sure, hot sauce can be a wonderful pop of flavor if it works with the dish and doesn’t overpower it. If you give this one a try let me know what you think! I can’t get enough of it haha 😆😋

  2. Katerina

    5 stars
    Ohh, these look good, Shannon! It’s always fun to have a meal that you can eat with your fingers, especially if everyone is sharing out of a big platter! We might need to introduce a Saturday taco night around here, I am sure it would be popular with everyone!

    1. Shannon

      Thank you Katerina! I completely agree, family style meals like nachos and tacos are absolutely the BEST weekend dishes! Something for everyone to look forward to! 😋

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