Sunshine Loaded Vegan Game Day Nachos

It’s game time!  With everyone gearing up for the big game, I thought it was time to post a vegan, game day snack recipe. My husband and I are sticking to a plant based diet this year, so I have been elbows deep in vegan recipe books and blogs.  One of the first vegan recipes that I ever made was Robin Robertson’s Mac and Chard .  The “cheese” sauce has since been the inspiration for so many “cheese” sauce variations in my own cooking. For this recipe, I used lime and cayenne pepper for a zesty vegan nacho cheese. The Loco Chipotle Sunshine Burgers work great for this recipe, but I am sure that the Black Bean Southwest Sunshine Burgers would be an awesome addition too.  This is a popular party snack for vegans and non-vegans alike.  My husband and I devoured a plate all on our own last weekend after a long day of watching football – delicious!

1-20-2014 Sunshine Loaded Game Day Nachos

This recipe serves 5 snacking people.

1 bag Garden of Eatin’ organic blue corn chips
½ can Amy’s refried beans mixed with 1Tbs water
½ can organic corn
1 can Hatch diced chilies
1 cup chili lime “cheese” sauce*
1 package Loco Chipotle Sunshine Burgers , cooked or defrosted per package instructions and crumbled.
1 avocado, sliced
salsa
cilantro

*Sauce inspired by Robin Robertson’s Mac and Chard from 1000 Vegan Recipes

Chili lime “cheese” sauce:
1 waxy potato ( I used Yukon gold), diced into very small cubes
½ yellow onion, diced
1Tbs grapeseed oil
¼ tsp salt and more to taste
½ tsp garlic powder
1 cup vegetable broth
1 cup cashews
4 Tbs nutritional yeast
1tsp cumin
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp turmeric
juice from 2 limes

Pre heat the oven to 425 degrees

Place the onion and potato in a heavy bottom pan with the grapeseed oil and cook on medium heat. Add salt and garlic powder and stir frequently until onions begin to become translucent.  Add the vegetable broth and bring to a simmer.  Cook with the lid on until the potatoes become tender.  In a blender cup grind the cashews into a powder.  Add the potato, broth and onion mixture, yeast, all of the spices, and the lime juice.  Blend until smooth.  If more liquid is needed, add water or broth, 1 tablespoon at a time until a smooth sauce forms. Depending on the saltiness of your broth, add more salt as desired.

Spread the corn chips on a baking sheet.  On top of the chips place the beans, corn, chilies,cheese sauce, and Sunshine Burger crumbles. Put the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for several minutes, then transfer to a serving dish. Top the nachos with the avocado, cilantro, and salsa and serve.

This recipe makes extra chili lime cheese sauce, so feel free to add more sauce to the nachos if you like your nachos extra saucy.  Or use the extra sauce to create another big game snack – raw veggies with dipping sauce!

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