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Hello Meaty Vegan Nachos! Perhaps one of the best skills to develop as a new vegan is the skill of veganizing old favorites. Since becoming vegan in 2011 that has been one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. If you’ve ever heard me talk about my first year as a vegan, you’ve probably heard my story about how disappointed I was that I could no longer eat my Nana’s cooking when I went home for the holidays. I was devastated. So I set out to veganize all of the soul food classics I had loved so much growing up, and my cookbook was born.

You really can veganize anything. I’ve made vegan brisket using seitan for a Hanukkah party, vegan fried chicken using cauliflower, and I’ve even seen vegan sushi made with tomato to replicate raw fish!

Party Perfect Meaty Vegan Nachos

These meaty vegan nachos are so easy to make, and certain to please a crowd––vegan Superbowl party, anyone? To replace the ground meat I used the new plant-based meatless grounds from Kroger’s Simple Truth line. It looks just like real meat, in the package, and it even darkens and firms as it cooks. It’s made from pea protein, but the most discerning meat eater won’t know the difference.

Meaty Substitutions

If you can’t get your hands on the vegan ground “meat” you could use lentils, cauliflower walnut taco “meat”, or a combination of lentils and minced walnuts (like what I use in my bolognese sauce). Top the nachos with lots of ripe avocado, beans, salsa, cilantro, and sour cream (I used the Simple Truth one from Kroger too, which is the bomb and made with butter beans!!). This recipe is perfect for a superbowl party, potluck with friends, or Meatless Monday. It’s also a perfect recipe to get you started on your vegan journey!

FYI, while this blog post isn’t sponsored by Kroger, they did sponsor the video below that features this recipe. 

5 from 2 votes

Meaty Vegan Nachos

By: Jenné
For nachos with a creamy cheese sauce, check out this recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 package of Simple Truth Emerge plant-based grind or similar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 1 1/2 cups kidney beans, or 1 15-oz can drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 ripe avocados, diced
  • 1/2 cup salsa + more to taste
  • 1/4 cup Simple Truth vegan sour cream + more to taste
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced (seeds removed for less spice)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, halved
  • salt to taste


  • Warm the oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
  • Add the onions and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the cumin seeds, and toast another 1 minute.
  • Add the plant based "meat", and use the spatula to break a part and stir.
  • Sprinkle on the smoked paprika and cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. It should darken and firm. It might still look a bit red, especially from the paprika, but it will continue to darken as it cools.
  • Place the tortillas in a baking dish or serving platter, then top with the ground "meat", kidney beans, avocado, salsa, sour cream, jalapeño, and cilantro.
  • Squeeze half of the lime onto the nachos, and season with salt to taste.
  • Garnish with slices of the other half of the lime.
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About Jenne

I’m a Georgia Peach living in Los Angeles (by way of NYC), with an insatiable love of sweet potatoes, travel, animals, and cooking. On Sweet Potato Soul you’ll discover hundreds of delicious and easy-to-make vegan recipes.

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  1. This recipe had a good taste but the Simple Truth Emerge grind will not be in my next making of this. The reason for this change is that the grind is 40% saturated fat, has 14% of your daily sodium allotment, and is very heavy both on top of the chips and in your stomach. Also the Simple Truth vegan sour cream is nearly tasteless. What flavor it does has is not good. The taste of only one avocado is covered up so use more and the small jalapeno that I used needs to be a large one in order for its taste to come through. I also used more lime juice and eliminated the salt. If you have never had cilantro, I would recommend putting it on the side until you can try it. Cilantro tends to be a love-it-or-hate-it food.