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Loaded Vegan Nacho Bowls

Nachos for dinner! That's what these healthier vegan nacho bowls are all about. Made with black beans and veggies and a whole lot of flavor! 
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 546kcal
Author: Linda Meyer


  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped and divided
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 15 ounce black beans
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste


  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Corn chips
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped spinach
  • Shredded vegan cheddar Jack we use So Delicious


  • Avocado slices
  • Lime wedges
  • Sprigs of cilantro
  • Red pepper slices


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C)
  • In a large skillet on medium-high heat, heat the oil. When the oil is hot, test with a piece of onion, if it sizzles it’s ready. Add half of the onion, jalapeno, and red pepper and cook for approximately 7 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Stir frequently. Add the spices and stir for 1 minute. Add the water and tomato paste and stir until the paste dissolves. Add the beans and stir well. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the beans are heated through.


  • In a medium bowl, mix the other half of the onion, tomato, avocado, cilantro, lime juice and salt and pepper and stir until combined. Set aside.

Build the Bowls

  • In two large serving bowls (pasta size bowls), arrange corn chips in a circle around the edge of the bowl. Put 2 cups of spinach in the center of each bowl. Spoon a layer of beans on top of the spinach, then sprinkle cheese (use as much or as little as you like) over the beans. Add one more layer of beans and cheese and bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Watch them carefully so the chips don’t burn.
  • Put the hot bowls on a heat safe surface and spoon salsa over the top and garnish with avocado slices, sprigs of cilantro, red pepper slices, and a lime wedge.


The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only.


Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 2167mg | Fiber: 32g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 9910IU | Vitamin C: 137.2mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 9.3mg