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6 Ingredient Easy Vegetarian Nachos

Curious how to make nachos with no meat?  My 6 Ingredient Sheet Pan Vegetarian Nachos recipe uses a few healthy swaps and a sheet pan for an irresistible meal or appetizer. This easy meatless nachos recipe is topped with black beans, pico de gallo, jalapenos and lots of cheese.

6 Ingredient Sheet Pan Easy Vegetarian Nachos recipe / Running in a Skirt

If you’ve been around Running in a Skirt for any time you know I’m a football fan.  I went to the University of Florida and Gator Nation is in my blood.  Our house also follows the Steelers for pro-ball because the Hubs grew up in Pittsburgh.  So it’s safe to assume that at some point on most weekends in the fall I’m watching some sort of football game.  This year might look a bit different with football, but I’m glad we will have at least a few games to watch.  For my little family watching football means also munching a big try of my easy Sheet Pan Vegetarian Nachos recipe.

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Overhead shot of sheet pan with meatless nachos.

6 Ingredient Sheet Pan Vegetarian Nachos Recipe

We’re not crazy about it or anything, but the Hubs and I do enjoy a good football evening… which of course has to come with game day snacks.   My favorite recipe to make during a game are my famous Sheet Pan Vegetarian Nachos recipe!  They are a go-to because they are so easy and only involve 6 ingredients!  It’s like a foodie touchdown. 🙂

These really are the best meatless nachos!

No… this isn’t a “healthy” recipe… but it sure is good!  While there are still plenty of indulgences on this pan, I do make my nachos a bit better for you by trading meat for black beans, using lower fat cheese and plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

Beyond that though… I’m a firm believer in moderation in life and these nachos just make game day better.  Don’t ya just want to take a bite!?

Hand with chip holding Vegetarian Nachos recipe

Nachos Recipe – NO Meat!

To make this vegetarian nachos recipe with no meat I swap canned black beans for traditional meat.

I also keep these fast and simple by using a few ready made ingredients.  The biggest trick is buying store bought fresh pico de gallo in the produce department… the one with the tomatoes and onions already chopped up.  That gives these meatless nachos tons of flavor and veggies without a lot of work.

Sometimes I’ll make my own guacamole but if I’m really busy, which is often the case this time of year, I don’t feel guilty about picking up store bought guac either.  There is no shame in taking a kitchen shortcut sometimes.

All of this comes together for the BEST Veggie nachos.

Close up of black beans, cheese and guacamole.

Ingredients for Vegetarian Nachos recipe

The best part about this Vegetarian Nachos recipe is it is only 6 Ingredients!

  • Chips: You can use a bag of your favorite chips but I am partial to traditional Hint of Lime Chips.  They are basically my kryptonite.
  • Cheese: I pick a Mexican Blend cheese for these!  I like the 2% but feel free to use full fat if that’s your jam.
  • Black Beans: Rinse and drain canned black beans to make this recipe super simple.
  • Pico de Gallo: Store bought pico de gallo gives you chopped tomato and onion without having to do the work yourself.
  • Pickled Jalapenos: These are my favorite part! You can either use fresh if you want more heat or leave them off if you want no heat.
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro gives the nachos a nice touch at the end.

You’ll notice there is NO MEAT in this nachos recipe.  The black beans give the dish more substance and take the place of the meat.

You can also use store bought guacamole, salsa and sour cream or plain greek yogurt as toppings.  I love to serve with with three small bowls of each for dipping.

Chips with 6 Ingredient Sheet Pan Easy Vegetarian Nachos recipe / Running in a Skirt

How to Make Nachos with No Meat…

  1. Line a sheet pan with foil and preheat the oven.
  2. Put one layer of chips down using about half of the bag.  Top the chips with the black beans, cheese, pico de gallo, jalapeno and cheese.
  3. Repeat with a second layer of chips and toppings.
  4. Bake on high until the cheese melts and is bubbly.
  5. Top with fresh cilantro.
  6. Serve with your favorite tips like guacamole, salsa and plain greek yogurt.


Variations and Pro Tips

  • You could easily make a smaller batch by using only one layer of chips.
  • Make it a bit healthier by using whole grain chips.  I love ALDI whole grain tortilla brand chips.
  • If you don’t like black beans you could also use pinto beans!
  • Serve with lime wedges for some fresh zest.
  • If you don’t want guacamole you could do cubes of fresh avocado.

Chips on a sheet pan.

Either way this sweet football treat is bound to become a favorite of yours as well!  This is a wonderful option for vegetarian football food.

I’ve been making this Vegetarian Nachos recipe for years and this was actually one of the first recipes I published on Running in a Skirt in early 2013.  The recipe photos  may look a little better these days (I hope!) but the food still tastes the same.  This tried and true family favorite is something I enjoy and is really the BEST Veggie Nachos you’ll find.


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6 Ingredient Sheet Pan Easy Vegetarian Nachos recipe / Running in a Skirt

6 Ingredient Easy Vegetarian Nachos recipe

An easy vegetarian nachos recipe using only 6 ingredients!  These meatless nachos are delicious and great for a party or game day.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 436 kcal


  • 1 bag Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips
  • 7 ounces Mexican Cheese, 2%
  • 1 can Black Beans, rinsed and drained, 15.5 ounce
  • 16 ounces Pico de Gallo, store bought and drained
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapenos
  • 1 handful Cilantro, optional
  • Toppings: Guacamole, Salsa, Plain Greek Yogurt


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Lay half the chips on the cookie sheet.  Cover with half the black beans, half the pico, half the jalapenos, and half of the cheese.  Be careful to get the toppings actually on the chips and not the pan. Repeat with a second layer.
  • Bake on high 8-12 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
  • Top with the guacamole and fresh cilantro!  Serve with additional salsa and sour cream or plain greek yogurt if desired.


Serve these meatless nachos immediately so the chips don't get soggy.


Calories: 436kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 17gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 1196mgPotassium: 371mgFiber: 8gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 572IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 494mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Meatless Nachos, Vegetarian Nachos, Vegetarian Nachos recipe
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By | 2020-08-29T07:29:04-04:00 August 29th, 2020|All Vegetarian, Food, Snacks & Appetizers|48 Comments


  1. Beth September 8, 2020 at 3:57 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I love nachos and there’s not much that.could be better than a six-ingredient version, especially one with black beans. (Btw, I got my master’s degree and met my husband at the U of Florida. Go Gators!)

  2. sapana September 7, 2020 at 8:24 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I love vegetarian nachos and yours looks absolutely delicious. Making them in sheet pan is a wonderful idea.

  3. Mirlene September 7, 2020 at 7:26 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This is my absolute favorite to make. Especially on a Friday nights for our movie nights. Looks great

  4. Genevieve September 6, 2020 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    These sheet pans nachos look absolutely glorious! I love how easy these are to make.

  5. Ramona September 6, 2020 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love nachos, but I rarely make them. I love the flavours you added onto them, makes them so much more flavourful! I need to try these out for my family. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  6. Jacqueline Debono September 6, 2020 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I’m trying to cut down on meat so this nacho recipe is perfect! We don’t watch much football but I love to snack on movie nights! So, will be trying these nachos next time!

  7. Kushigalu September 5, 2020 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Nachos are one of the best appetizer for any dinner parties. This looks so colorful and delicious. Love this recipe. I will try your way tonight.

  8. Fred N September 5, 2020 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love nachos with cheese and veggies; but your combo is a keeper. I’m a big fan of black beans so when I saw it in your recipe I was sold! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Marta September 5, 2020 at 10:46 am - Reply

    5 stars
    We plan to watch the new Mulan movie tonight and these will be the perfect meal to eat while we watch! Thanks for another lifesaver, Julie!

  10. Jar of Lemons September 5, 2020 at 9:49 am - Reply

    5 stars
    There’s just nothing better than a sheet pan full of nachos for game day! Great recipe!

  11. Stine Mari September 5, 2020 at 2:39 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Got to have pickled jalapeños on nachos! These look fantastic – now I know what I want for dinner today!

  12. Taleen | Just As Tasty September 4, 2020 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    We are HUGE fans of nachos in this house, and this looks absolutely amazing! Cannot wait to make this for my husband!

  13. Gail Montero September 4, 2020 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    What a delightful appetizer this loaded nachos would make for a Labor Day picnic! I don’t think I’ll be able to stop myself from eating too much of these!!!

  14. Chef Dennis September 4, 2020 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I made your nachos last night and they were OMG delicious! I actually like the nachos better without meat.

  15. Lesli Schwartz September 4, 2020 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Oh, yeah! These nachos are definitely calling my name! Such a perfect snack for game day and this Labor Day weekend!

  16. Leslie August 29, 2020 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Give me ALL the nachos! I honestly don’t know if I would be able to share these! I would have to double or TRIPLE the recipe! haha Seriously such a great recipe!!!

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  22. SAM HILAL December 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Those are excellent we have enjoyed them immensely,LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  23. […] I mentioned last week, watching the games is fun, but the real joy for me lies in having a great game day spread. Whether […]

  24. Sarah September 11, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    I could live off Mexican food and pizza, ok and sourdough I guess too (not counting my coffee and wine here). These are perfect for Meatless Monday, taco Tuesday, or a quick weeknight meal any night. Thank you for linking up for Meatless Monday and sharing your creation!

  25. Annmarie September 11, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Oooh yum. Now I want nachos for my second lunch 😛

  26. Brynn at The Domestic Dietitian September 11, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    These look absolutely delicious! I love nachos and find them to be such a great way to add veggies to your meal.

  27. I could live off of guacamole and salsa and pizza lol

  28. Emily September 7, 2017 at 10:40 am - Reply

    The fresh pico de gallo is always the best! Our family absolutely loves nachos, and I love the idea of doing them vegetarian. 🙂

  29. [email protected] September 7, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Nachos are my weakness. I love them on any occasion. I always try to eat them after a long run so I feel less guilty about it.

  30. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real September 7, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Nachos are the best game day snack! I love piling a bunch of ingredients on and then enjoying them. Such a simple and classic snack which you can never go wrong with.

  31. Patricia @Sweet and Strong September 7, 2017 at 7:16 am - Reply

    We LOVE some football and all the yummy food here. I always forget about making nachos though, they’re a classic football entree or app! And love the idea of putting the foil down on the pan, easy clean up!

  32. Suzanne February 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    My husband and I are also big Steeler fans and both grew up near Pittsburgh. We have lived in NC for 5 yrs now. Too bad they didnt make the super bowl this year!

    • JulieWunder February 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      I know!!! It was such a messy season! My husband is still a little upset about the last time they were in the Super Bowl a couple years ago- ouch!

  33. Adam Lemerise January 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Notre Dame is gonna win Julie. I’m from the North (New England to be exact) so i’m pulling for the Irish. btw since u are a College Football fan like I am (and btw I pull for the Florida State Seminoles) got a website u need to check out. it’s mattsarzsports.com he has the most up to date College Football and Men’s College Basketball TV listings anywhere around.

  34. Debbie Brewer January 7, 2013 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Alabama:) I’m from the south and have to pull for the south and besides that… ‘Broadway Joe’ went to ‘Bama !!!

  35. Eric January 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Alabama. My wife and I always chuckle when you where a red top with a houndstooth skirt. We say you look like you’re headed to Tuscaloosa …

  36. Gerald Reiser January 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    I like Notre Dame. No names on their jerseys and no brownie points on their helmets. The players are all part of a team and super stars are not allowed. I was taught by the Holy Cross Brothers of Notre Dame so it is in my DNA to root for the Irish. Natchos help a lot….

  37. Madeline St Onge January 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Not a sports fan Julie but I go for Notre Dame and Nachos
    I just bought the stuff to make some this morning my self LOL

  38. Dan January 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Alabama–there’s a soft spot in my Bulldog heart for Kirby Smart-former UGa player!

  39. Kathye January 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Gotta go with Alabama (even though they beat my beloved Dawgs). Love the Nachos. We’ll be watching football and maybe eating Nachos after meeting our brand new governor!

  40. Susan January 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Both ND AND Nathos!

  41. John Lynn January 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Alabama. This is the South. Pulling for Notre Dame would be like putting sugar on grits instead of salt, pepper and butter. By the grace of God and the spirit of Bear Bryant (may he rest in peace), Alabama will win this thing.

  42. Nikki January 7, 2013 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Alabama all the way!!!! I lived in Alabama for a while growing up and my son has loved them since he first started to walk. Go Bama!

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