These vegan sweet potato nachos are an epic combination of flavors! Topped with BBQ pulled jackfruit, black beans, corn, avocado, and a vegan nacho cheese, they are irresistible. I am a huge fan of sweet potatoes eaten in any form and for any meal, and they are the perfect vessel for all of the delicious nacho toppings!
Nachos are the ultimate comfort food and party dish! There is nothing better than digging into a plate of crispy nachos held together by gooey, melty nacho cheese after the most eventful nights out or stressful days at work. At the same time, the colorful toppings join together to create a visual party, making them a fun, festive dish at any party! These baked sweet potato nachos offer a healthier take on a beloved comfort food.
Sweet potato slices are first baked in the oven, without needing any oil, until crispy. While the sweet potato fries bake in the oven, begin to prepare the barbecue pulled jackfruit. If you have not tried jackfruit yet, when seasoned properly, its meat-like texture and appearance could fool anyone. You can find it online, here!
It absorbs the smoky flavors of the spices and barbecue sauce, creating the perfect savory, tangy, pulled BBQ “meat” for your nachos. After being topped with pulled BBQ jackfruit, black beans, and roasted corn, these delicious sweet potato nachos go back in the oven for the flavors to meld together as you prepare a creamy nacho cheesy sauce. Topped with avocado and cilantro, these meat-eater approved BBQ jackfruit sweet potato nachos create a flavor party in anyone’s mouth!
- Cashews + nutritional yeast: These are some of the main ingredients that form the base of the cashew cheese sauce, to be drizzled on top of the sweet potato nachos.
- Jackfruit: Jackfruit is a plant-based meat alternative- it has a strikingly similar texture to shredded chicken! You can buy it online here. Make sure to get young green jackfruit in water or brine, or else the recipe will not work.
- Vegan BBQ Sauce: Just check the ingredients to make sure the BBQ sauce you use is vegan!
- Homemade BBQ seasoning: A combination of paprika, cumin, chili powder, and more make a simple BBQ spice blend.
- Sweet potato: The base for these nachos!
- Black beans + corn: Protein-packed toppings that add texture.
- Avocado + cilantro: Some of my favorite nacho toppings.
Why you’ll love these loaded BBQ sweet potato nachos:
- Easy: We simply bake the sweet potato fries, cook the BBQ jackfruit, blend the vegan nacho cheese, and then finally bake the nachos along with all the toppings.
- Meat-eater approved: I have served this dish to so many non-vegan friends and family who love it! The BBQ Jackfruit really makes a realistic vegan meat replacement.
- Naturally gluten-free: Sweet potatoes serve as the base for these vegan nachos!
- Healthi-er comfort food: Cashew nacho cheese replaces traditional dairy cheese, and oil-free roasted sweet potatoes are a healthier and in my opinion, more filling, alternative to other chips.
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- 3/4 cup cashews (soaked for at least one hour if you do not have a high speed blender or food processor)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 20 oz. can jackfruit in water or brine (not syrup)**
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/8 tsp chili powder
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
Sweet Potato Fries and Toppings
- 3 lbs. sweet potatoes
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2-3/4 cup black beans
- 1/2-3/4 cup corn kernels
- Preheat oven to 425 F. Peel sweet potatoes and chop into fries. Dry fries thoroughly using a kitchen towel or paper towels. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add the fries, making sure there is little to no overlap. Sprinkle some sea salt on top of the fries and bake for 30-40 minutes, until edges begin to brown and crisp (I baked mine for 35 minutes).
- Meanwhile, prepare the barbecue jackfruit. Rinse and drain jackfruit, and cut away and discard all pieces of the dense core and seeds.
- In a medium saucepan, sauté garlic in coconut oil until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add jackfruit followed by smoked paprika, salt, cumin, chili powder, and black pepper. Stir the jackfruit to coat with spices and cook for about 5 minutes, until jackfruit begins to lightly brown.
- Add vegan BBQ sauce of choice and simmer on medium low for 20 minutes, until tender. About 10 minutes into cooking, use two forks to pull apart and shred the jackfruit while in the saucepan.
- Lower oven heat to 375 F. Arrange baked sweet potato fries into desired position on a parchment lined baking sheet. Top with BBQ jackfruit mixture, followed by black beans and corn. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare nacho cheese sauce. Blend all ingredients for the nacho cheese in a high speed blender or food processor until smooth. Set aside.
- Remove sweet potato nachos from oven. Generously drizzle or pour nacho cheese over the fries. Warm in oven for a couple mins if desired. Top with chopped avocado and cilantro. Enjoy!
**Can be found in most Asian groceries or easily ordered online. I like to use Native Forest brand (pack of 6).
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 570Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 735mgCarbohydrates: 103gFiber: 15gSugar: 43gProtein: 15g
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although zenandzaatar.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.