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Vegan Nachos Bell Grande

Okay…my mind is a bit blown. It’s been quite some time since I allowed myself to indulge in fast food. Growing up in the midwest, I worked summers as a lifeguard at the city pool and remember Taco Bell being one of our favorite lunch spots. My poison, Nachos Bell Grande. Even then, I knew it wasn’t ‘good’ for me but would often make food runs and get multiple orders for the guards to scarf down between shifts.

Na-cho ordinary treat! Not until last night did I get the exact same cheesy Taco Bell sensation when I attempted a modified version of Elianni’s Vegetarian Nachos recipe with their Veggie Roll/Pâté combo, using dairy-free jack cheese from Daiya and vegan sour cream from Tofutti. I made it for a party so doubled some of the ingredients. Think the trick was to dice the vegetable mixture super fine by hand, or with a Vidalia vegetable chopper.

The Vegan Nachos Bell Grande didn’t last long! Will I make again? Definite YES.

Ingredients $14.00 (8 Servings)

  • tortilla chips 8 ozs
  • Monterey Jack cheese shredded (Daiya jack wedge) 1 cup
  • Veggie Roll diced fine (used about half a roll 1/4" thick) 1 cup
  • banana pepper diced 4 tbsps
  • red pepper diced (used one whole pepper) 1/2 cup
  • onion diced (yellow or white) 1/2 cup
  • tomato diced (used one whole tomato) 1/2 cup
  • black olives chopped 1/4 cup
  • Vegan Pâté used two units 10 tbsps
  • sour cream (Tofutti vegan brand) 8 tbsps
  • garlic powder 1 tsp
  • oregano 1 tsp
  • sea salt 1/4 tsp


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Vegetable mixture: mix Veggie Roll, banana pepper, red pepper, onion, tomatoes, and olives.
  3. Place tortilla chips on the bottom and sides of a baking pan.
  4. Sprinkle 1/2 Daiya cheese over the chips.
  5. Layer 3/4 vegetable mixture.
  6. Bake for about 10 min.
  7. Pâté sauce: Make a blend with Pâté, vegan sour cream, garlic, oregano, and sea salt.
  8. Top with Pâté sauce, remaining cheese, and vegetable mixture.

Paul Trusik

35 y/o web guru vegan enthusiast encouraging meat/dairy-free habits. Since college, reaping health benefits of clean eating. Diet is a lifestyle, not a fad.

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