Loaded Nacho Fries
Get the party started with a batch of loaded nacho fries! Homemade oven fries are topped with creamy vegan cheese and all your favourite nacho toppings to create an irresistible appetizer.
These loaded nacho fries are cheesy, spicy, crispy, and creamy all in one—basically everything delicious in a single recipe!
Let’s talk about that sauce though. This is the sauce that I used in my Vegan Mac and Cheese, and not only is it absolutely delicious, it’s also ridiculously easy. Just add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend! A comment I get a lot on this cheese sauce is that when readers taste it, they’re shocked that it’s vegan.
I confess, I always want to eat all of these nacho fries by myself, but they’re perfect for game day get-togethers or those nights when you just want something indulgent and fun for dinner.
Why You’ll Love This Nacho Fries Recipe
- The best vegan cheese sauce. No expensive store-bought vegan cheese here! A handful of wholesome ingredients makes the amazing cheese sauce in this nacho fries recipe. You will want to eat it with a spoon!
- Easy appetizer or meal. These are perfect for any party, game night, or Netflix binge-watching session. Is there ever NOT a good time for nacho cheese fries?!
- Customizable toppings. You can add your favourite toppings like beans, tomatoes, jalapeños, and more—and use as much or as little as you like.
- Loaded with flavour. These fries have it all: spicy, cheesy, savory, and creamy. They’re sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Notes on Ingredients
Scroll down to the recipe card to find the ingredient quantities and recipe instructions.
For the Nacho Fries:
- Russet potatoes – My favourite for making baked fries.
- Coconut oil
- Black beans – You can use canned or cooked dry black beans.
- Tomatoes – Dice these to a size that’s easy for the fries to hold.
- Sliced jalapeños – Pickled jalapeños are also delicious, or use canned green chiles for a milder pepper.
- Vegan sour cream – Either homemade vegan sour cream or store-bought.
- Lime slices
For the Vegan Cheese Sauce:
- Olive oil or coconut oil – Or another cooking oil you like to use.
- Carrot – Carrot adds colour to the sauce.
- Yellow onion
- Garlic cloves
- Raw cashews – Soak these in water for 8 hours, or overnight.
- Sea salt and ground black pepper
- Dry ground mustard – This adds some sharp flavour to the cheese sauce.
- Lime juice
- Tamari or liquid aminos – You can also use soy sauce or lite soy sauce. Choose whichever option works for your diet!
- Nutritional yeast – Key to the cheesy flavour in our vegan nacho cheese sauce.
- Paprika – Use sweet paprika or smoked paprika for a little smoky flavour.
- Ground nutmeg
- Unsweetened almond milk – Or another unflavoured, unsweetened plant milk you have on hand.
How Do You Soak Cashews?
To soak cashews, simply place the desired amount of raw cashews in a bowl and cover them with water. Let them soak overnight, which will help them blend smoothly to make the cheese sauce for these vegan nacho fries. Drain the water before using the cashews in your recipe.
How to Make Nacho Fries
- Prepare. Preheat your oven to 450°F and line two baking sheets with a silicone mat or lightly oiled parchment paper. Cut the potatoes as desired.
- Add the oil. Place the fries onto the prepared pans and drizzle them with oil. Rub the fries to coat them evenly.
- Bake. Arrange the fries in an even layer and bake for 40 minutes, or until crispy. Season with salt and pepper.
- Cook the vegetables. Warm the oil in a pan set over medium heat, then stir in the carrots, onions, and garlic. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Cool slightly.
- Blend. Add the vegetables to your blender, along with all of the other cheese sauce ingredients. Blend for about 1 minute on high speed, until sauce is completely smooth. Season to taste.
- Assemble. Plate the fries, then top with the nacho cheese and your desired toppings. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
Tips for Success
- Be sure to soak the cashews. This will ensure a smooth and creamy cheese sauce. If you forget to soak them overnight, you can boil them for 10 minutes until they soften.
- Give the fries space. If you cram them onto a single pan, they’ll steam instead of getting crispy. Leave room for air to circulate!
- Don’t overdo it on the toppings. While this recipe allows for lots of customisation, be careful not to overload your fries with toppings. Stick to 2-3 toppings in moderate quantities to prevent the fries from getting soggy. (Or plan on eating them with a fork!)
- Use a high-speed blender. A powerful blender will ensure a smooth and creamy consistency for the cheese sauce.
More Topping Ideas for Nacho Fries
- Vegan ground beef cooked in taco seasoning (see my Loaded Vegan Nachos for a recipe)
- Black olives
- Sliced green onions
How to Store Leftovers
If possible, store the fries and nacho cheese separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, reheat the fries in the oven or air fryer and warm up the cheese sauce on the stovetop or in the microwave. Assemble and add fresh toppings just before serving for optimal taste and texture.
If you’ve already topped the fries, store them in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days and reheat them in the microwave. They’ll be soggy, but still be delicious.
Can I Freeze This Recipe?
I don’t recommend freezing nacho fries as they will become soggy and lose their crispy texture.
More Cheesy Vegan Recipes
- Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole
- Vegan Cheese Pasta Bake
- Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
- Pretzel Dip
- How to Make Vegan Parmesan Cheese
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Loaded Nacho Fries
- 2 large russet potatoes, peeled, washed and dried well (622g)
- 2-3 teaspoons coconut oil
- Black beans, any quantity you’d like
- corn, any quantity you’d like
- tomatoes, diced (any quantity you’d like)
- sliced jalapeños, any quantity you’d like
- vegan sour cream
- lime slices
Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil, (12.5g)
- 1 large carrot, (112g), chopped
- 1 small yellow onion, (72g), halved and chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dry ground mustard
- Juice of one lime, 1 tablespoon
- ½ tablespoon tamari/liquid aminos, or soy sauce or lite soy sauce
- ½ cup nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
- Preheat oven to 450°F/230°C. Line two baking sheets with a silicone mat or lightly oiled parchment paper (I highly recommend the silicone mat).
- Cut your potatoes into your desired fry shape and arrange on the pan. Drizzle the oil over the fries and rub into the fries. It isn’t a lot of oil but it goes a long way. Do NOT add salt at this point as it won’t allow the potatoes to crisp up.
- Arrange the fries on the baking sheet so that none of them are touching at all.
- Bake for 40 minutes in the oven. You can check them around the 30 minute mark to see if they are crisp enough, but mine took 40 minutes to get really crispy.
- Remove from the oven and add salt and pepper to season.
Vegan Nacho Cheese
- In a pan over medium heat (I used Greenlife pans) heat the oil add in the carrots, onions and the garlic, stirring to combine. Cover with lid and allow to steam/roast until carrots are tender, about 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- In a large high speed blender add the carrot mixture, cashews, salt and pepper, ground mustard, lime juice, tamari, nutritional yeast, paprika, ground nutmeg, and almond milk.
- Blend together for about 1 minute on a strong speed, until sauce is completely smooth and incorporate. Taste and add more salt if necessary. This probably makes much more than you'll need, so you can bottle it and place it in the fridge and use it for Mac and Cheese or other purposes! If you don't want so much extra, you can cut the nacho cheese sauce in half!
To Assemble the Nachos
- Layer your plate with fries. Top with some nacho cheese, and black beans, tomatoes, jalapeños, corn and ingredients in your favourite order! Serve with limes on the side.
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