Loaded Vegan Nachos (Gluten Free, Vegan)

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  • 1 bag of restaurant-style tortilla chips

For the Cauliflower Taco Meat:

  • 1 head cauliflower, florets broken off
  • 1 cup walnuts, raw
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. liquid aminos
  • 1 dash of liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • sea salt and black pepper for taste

For the Nooch Cheese Sauce:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for an hour
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup nooch (nutritional yeast)
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

Nacho Toppings (Use them all or just use what you have):

  • Homemade guacamole
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Cashew sour cream
  • Black beans
  • Sliced green onions
  • Pickled jalapeno’s
  • Cilantro


To make the cauliflower taco meat, place the cauliflower and the walnuts in a food processor and pulse till crumbly. Add in the remaining ingredients through the lime juice. Give it a couple more pulses. The mixture should resemble a course ‘meat’ texture. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

To make the Nooch Cheese Sauce toss all the ingredients into a high-powered blender and blitz the crap out of it for 2 minutes. Taste for seasonings and set aside.

Assemble your nachos by placing a heavy-handed layer of tortilla chips either on a platter or in a cast iron skillet for a nice presentation. Top with a couple handfuls of the cauliflower taco meat, drizzle on the cheese sauce, top with any or all the topping suggestions listed above. 

Eat. Enjoy. Tell your friends.


This is a raw, plant-based recipe that is loaded with flavor, nutrients, happiness, and lots of other good stuff. It’s also gluten-free, free from added oil, and free from sugar. If you want to make this totally SOS free, sub out the tortilla chips with corn tortillas that are baked with a fresh squeeze of lime and omit the salt add in’s. I’m pretty sure it will still rock.

Keywords: plant based, raw vegan, gluten free, no added oil, sugar free, kid friendly