Vegetarian Nachos, Everyday Dairy, and Summer Classics

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vegetarian nachos

Tortilla chips are pretty much a staple in my home.

We eat them all the time, and with five kids, well, you can imagine how many times a day the kitchen floor needs to be vacuumed as a result. That doesn’t deter us, though. (I just have my 13 year-old son vacuum.) No, we love our tortilla chips, and while munching on them plain is good, creating recipes to eat them with is even better.

Vegetarian Nachos & Everyday Dairy

My latest recipe creation using tortilla chips, black beans, shredded cheddar cheese, veggies, and classic american cheese is vegetarian nachos. This recipe was inspired by a recent trip out of town. During a layover, I was looking for something somewhat healthy to eat in an airport as I waited to catch my flight home to Chicago. I decided to order vegetarian nachos from one of the vendors selling food.

Talk about delicious. Those nachos were sooooo good. I snapped a picture of them with my phone and decided I’d try to make my own version at home. And I did. I’m going to share my recipe with you, but honestly, these nachos are so versatile that you can make them any way your family likes them. You could even add toppings like guacamole, salsa, or pico de gallo.

Here’s my recipe (exact measurements are not necessary):

Vegetarian Nachos


  • tortilla chips
  • nacho cheese (see recipe below)
  • black beans, rinsed and warmed through
  • romaine lettuce, chopped
  • tomato, diced
  • onion, diced
  • avocado, diced
  • cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Lay a bed of tortilla chips down on a plate (warm the tortilla chips in the microwave for 15-30 seconds, if desired).
  2. Pour the nacho cheese sauce over the tortilla chips.
  3. Top nachos with black beans, romaine lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, and cheddar cheese.

everyday dairy nachos

 Here’s the Nacho Cheese Sauce Recipe:

Nacho Cheese


  • 1/4 cup milk (I used almondmilk)
  • 10 slices of american cheese singles
  • pinch of pepper


  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk over medium low heat just until it's warm.
  2. Then add the slices of cheese, one at a time, stirring constantly.
  3. Once the cheese slices have melted, remove the cheese sauce from the heat, and let it sit for two minutes to thicken.
  4. Stir in a pinch of pepper.

Saving on Everyday Dairy

In order to create these fabulous nachos, I took advantage of a great promotion that my local Safeway affiliate store, Dominick’s, was having (actually, it’s still going on). They’ve included a variety of ‘everyday dairy’ items in a promotion where you receive a $5 coupon at the register when you spend $15 on participating dairy items. Dairy substitues like almondmilk are also included in the sale. I love that.

You can see my shopping trip (and even a couple of pictures of my family’s recent visit to Chicago) here in my Google+ story.

Summer Classics

After I got home from the store, I noticed that I had brought home foods that were either classic summer foods or ingredients that could be used to create delicious summery meals. Let’s just say my kids were pretty happy. :)

Here’s a little inspiration for meals or snacks that you might incorporate into your summer routine:

Grilled Cheese

grilled cheese

Adult Grilled Cheese

grilled cheese sandwich

Ice cream bars

Klondike Bars

Orange juice

orange juice

 What are some of your favorite summer foods? What foods are you most excited about this summer?

You can find even more great recipes and ideas on the Everyday Dairy website. You can also follow Dominick’s on Facebook and Twitter for their latest updates.

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11 Responses to “Vegetarian Nachos, Everyday Dairy, and Summer Classics”

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  1. The nachos look so yummy! Can’t wait to try making my own :)

  2. Danica says:

    We’re HUGE nacho fans! Being vegan, we make ours with a dairy-free cheese (Daiya or Galaxy Mexican Veggie Shreds). I seriously want some nachos now. LOL!

    I am most excited about FRUIT. I am a fruit nut. I am about 80% raw vegan in the summer because of the abundance of fresh fruits. Yum!!

    • Sandra says:

      Wow, Danica, that’s wonderful! I’ve tried to switch to vegan cheese, but couldn’t keep with it. We went back to regular cheese. :)

      We have had great success making the switch to almondmilk and rice milk, though.

      I love fresh fruit, too, and I’m definitely excited about enjoying more berries this summer!

  3. Shelly says:

    My son will only eat nachos, no tacos, just nachos. This recipes looks really good. In our nachos we usually include meat but making them vegetarian would make the prep time much less and my kids loves beans. So I am sure it would be a big hit at our house. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sandra says:

      Thanks, Shelly! I definitely think these nachos are great with beans vs. meat. :) We love to eat different types of beans, and we especially love black beans and pinto beans.

  4. Emily says:

    I love a nacho recipe that doesn’t feature black olives – yours look wonderful! Can I stop by the next time you make them?!

    • Sandra says:

      Lol, Emily! Olives crossed my mind, but my husband doesn’t like them, either. :) I, on the other hand, love them.

  5. Nachos are a go-to weakness of mine…and you just convinced me they can be healthy!

  6. Rocio says:

    I totally need to try those veggie nachos – yum, yum!

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