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Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

These vegan loaded sweet potato nachos are crispy, crunchy and topped with all the delicious fixings, including a cashew nacho cheese! Perfect for a game-day snack.These vegan loaded sweet potato nachos are crispy, crunchy and topped with all the delicious fixings, including a cashew nacho cheese! Perfect for a game-day snack.I like football just as much as I like cucumbers. Not. At. All.

But around this time every year, I succumb to watch two teams who are not the Buffalo Bills play against each other, wondering why I can’t time travel back to the early 90s so I can experience my hometown team going to the Super Bowl four consecutive years in a row. Of course, I would like to travel back as my adult self and not my three to six year old self who had no clue what the Super Bowl even was, only that she got to shake red, blue, and white pom poms around with her cousins and that seemed fun.

Vegan Gluten-Free Loaded Sweet Potato NachosTo numb the disappointment, I bury myself in Super Bowl snacks and clever commercials. And if snacks are going to be the focus of the event, then I better make sure they are a winner.

Nachos are hands down my favorite game-watching snack, but traditionally slathered in meat and cheese, it can be difficult to get my hands on some finger-licking-good chips. What if I told you I made a version of nachos that’s not only sans meat AND sans dairy but it’s gluten-free and corn-free too. That’s because they’re made with…SWEET POTATOOOOOESSSSS (said in my best Oprah voice). Yes, sweet potato chips. You heard right.
Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato NachosYears ago I made nachos with Food Should Taste Good sweet potato tortilla chips and they were delicious so I thought why not make them with REAL sweet potaters?! This version is topped with tomatoes, black beans, cashew cheese sauce, jalapeños, and guacamole. Because every plate of nachos should be LOADED. There’s no other way to eat them, sorry.

They turned out delicious. So delicious that I devoured an entire plate for lunch. They will definitely be a hit for any Super Bowl Sunday partay. The sweetness of the sweet potatoes contrasts the spiciness of the jalapeños and the crunchiness of the chips is perfect against the creamy guacamole and cashew cheese sauce.

Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos-11-2Who would’ve thought that you could have a plate of nachos that you can feel good about?! Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium. A root vegetable, sweet potatoes are also grounding and perfect to eat this time of year.

With these nachos, I’ll take football and cucumbers any day. Okay, maybe just football.Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos (vegan, gluten-free)


Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

  • Yield: Serves two-four


For the Nachos:

  • 2 small-medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1/8 inch rounds*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup black beans (drained and rinsed if canned)
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 avocados
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Cashew Cheese Sauce:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup + 1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup hot almond milk


For the Nachos:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Toss sweet potato rounds in a medium mixing bowl with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Transfer sweet potatoes to a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees F for 60-90 minutes, or until edges just begin to brown and crisp, flipping over every 30 minutes.**
  4. In a small mixing bowl, mash avocado lime juice and salt together to make guacamole.
  5. Layer sweet potato chips, black beans, tomatoes, cashew cheese sauce, jalapeno slices and guacamole.

For the Cashew Cheese Sauce:

  1. In a food processor, puree cashews, red pepper, nutritional yeast, spices, salt, and almond milk for 2-4 minutes or until hot, smooth and creamy. Pour over nachos.


*Use a mandolin slicer to get thin slices or just finely slice with a sharp knife.

**Baking times will vary based on thickness of chips.

Tell me, have you ever made good-for-you nachos before?

For more Super Bowl Sunday snack inspiration, check out my recipes below:

Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato Skins-5

Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower and Roasted Leek Pizza-7

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower and Roasted Leek Pizza

I’m a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.


  1. Nachos = my husbands favorite meal ever. With a dairy allergy, we never really enjoy them together. This will be on our table very soon!!

  2. YES! I could sit and eat these nachos throughout the entire game! Sweet potatoes and guacamole are a match made in heaven!

  3. I have never made go for you nachos before. We love nachos in our house. Not sure if I can get my hubby to convert to a healthier version, but I love this!

  4. So. much. GOODNESS!!!!!!! these are making me drool! Scheduled a pin for later!

  5. Sweet potato nachos are THE BEST! Thanks for reminding me of this super simple dinner idea 🙂

  6. So creative! These look so tasty and I love how you incorporate nutritional yeast. I have just enough leftover from my cheesy popcorn. Pinning to make!

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