Recipes » Appetizers » Loaded Nachos with BBQ Jackfruit
T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

Reprinted from PlantPure Comfort Food (BenBella Books, 2022).


Baked Tortillas

  • 2 Tbsp lime juice (optional)
  • 1 tsp chili powder (optional)
  • Sea salt to taste (optional)
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut into 8 wedges

BBQ Jackfruit

  • 2 (20-ounce) cans young green jackfruit in water, drained
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup oil-free barbecue sauce

Vegan Nacho Sauce

  • ½ cup raw cashews or raw sunflower seeds
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1½ tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp chipotle chile powder, or more to taste
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained

Toppings (optional)

  • 1–2 jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced, seeds and ribs removed if desired
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2–3 limes, sliced


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • 2. If desired, in a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, chili powder, and salt. Brush each tortilla on both sides with the mixture. Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges and arrange the wedges on the lined baking sheet. Bake for 6–8 minutes or until crispy and slightly golden around the edges. Keep an eye on the tortilla chips toward the end of the time as they can burn very quickly.
  • 3. Prepare the jackfruit by shredding the pieces with your hands. Then chop any hard pieces into small bits.
  • 4. In a large skillet, sauté the onion and poblano pepper in a small amount of water over medium-high heat until tender. Add the shredded jackfruit and barbecue sauce, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes. Add a bit of water if the mixture begins to dry out.
  • 5. Meanwhile, combine the cashews, water, lemon juice, garlic, nutritional yeast, cornstarch, smoked paprika, onion powder, salt, cumin, and chipotle powder in a high-powered blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan and add the green chiles. Cook over medium-high heat for 3–5 minutes until bubbly and thickened.
  • 6. To serve, scatter the tortilla chips on a large platter, pour the nacho sauce over them, and spoon on the BBQ jackfruit. Top with all your favorite nacho toppings.

Cooking Tips

  • 1. You can add many other toppings to these nachos—some of our favorites are corn, sliced green onions, vegan sour cream or yogurt, black beans, pinto beans, pickled jalapeños, sliced black olives, and guacamole.

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