Chorizo is so hot right now. Amirite?! Chipotle added it to its menu and even vegan chorizo is a thing. I’ve been in love with chorizo since my former boyfriend’s abuelita made it for breakfast with eggs when we visited her in Texas.
Being vegetarian, I typically try to avoid fake meats because many of them don’t provide much nutritional value, but this soy chorizo from Trader Joe’s actually has a decent amount of protein, so we let ourselves indulge every once and a while.
I’m pretty sure Trader Joe’s vegan chorizo has a cult following or something. On multiple occasions—and at different stores—I’ve had cashiers tell me it’s their favorite product in the whole store. Whenever I make a trip to Trader Joe’s I try to buy one or two packages because it’s so popular I can rarely find it fully in stock. It’s that good. And somebody has figured it out.
I can eat this stuff right out of the pan with a spoon, but I also love to mix it in to pasta dishes, make it with eggs and/or sweet potato breakfast potatoes for a tasty hash or, my most favorite, make a batch of baked vegan chorizo nachos with vegan pepper jack cheese sauce topped with allllll the nacho toppings. Is your mouth watering yet?
Now, I love spice, so the toppings I choose are on the hotter side, but you can use whatever you like in this recipe. Isn’t that the best part about nachos? You can buy canned green chiles, which are really good, or I just made them myself with three different green chiles, chopped them up and sautéed them in olive oil with some minced garlic until soft.
As for chips, you cannot go wrong when you make them yourself. I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t have time for that.” But guess what? You do! Because it only takes about 10 minutes and all you need is a stack of corn tortillas, some cooking spray and salt. Boom. Best nachos you’ll ever have. [Here’s how to make your own easy homemade tortilla chips and guacamole.]
I cover my baked nachos with the pepper jack cheese sauce, chorizo, green chiles, fresh tomatoes, olives and green onions. Black beans would also be a great addition. And sometimes if I’m feeling extra spicy, I top it all off with Cholula, because yum.
Vegan Chorizo Baked Nachos
- Tortilla chips
- Vegan chorizo, cooked
- Vegan pepper jack cheese sauce
- Green Chiles
- Fresh tomatoes, green onions and lime wedges, if desired
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- On a rimmed baking sheet, lay out one layer of tortillas chips. Coat with toppings of your choice, including (but not limited to) vegan pepper jack cheese sauce (recipe linked above), vegan chorizo, olives, and green chiles. Repeat with as many nacho layers as desired.
- Bake until hot, about 10 minutes. Top with any fresh toppings, such as tomatoes and green onions.
- Serve with lime wedges, if desired.