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Vegetarian Nachos with Green Chili Cheese Sauce

These loaded Vegetarian Nachos piled high with sautéed onions and peppers, pinto beans, and sweet corn are smothered with a creamy green chili cheese sauce.

A great snack for at home movie night, the secret to making the perfect plate of nachos is using sturdy restaurant-style tortilla chips. With all the good stuff on these veggie nachos, you need a chip that will hold up without getting soggy.

nachos with pinto beans, red bell peppers, and cheese sauce

Vegetarian Nachos with Green Chili Cheese Sauce

One of my very favorite restaurant appetizers is the “endless” chips and salsa at Chili’s Grill and Bar restaurant. Seriously, I just can’t help myself and my poor family struggles to get their fair share. It’s the same way with movie popcorn, but that’s another story!

My chip sharing problem is solved when we make nachos at home by building nachos in disposable aluminum pie pans for individual servings (or for easier sharing between just two people).

a plate of diced peppers, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro


  • Restaurant-style tortilla chips — avoid using thin chips for the best results
  • Onions
  • Red and green bell peppers
  • Canned pinto beans (or black beans), rinsed and drained well
  • Canned whole kernel corn, drained
  • Tomatoes
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Pickled jalapeño slices
  • White American cheese — I buy a big block at the deli counter
  • Milk — for the cheese sauce
  • Diced green chilies

To make these nachos even heartier, add cooked chicken or ground beef seasoned with taco spices.

vegetarian nachos with pinto beans, peppers, and cheese sauce

Green chili cheese sauce

The cheese sauce is made from deli white American cheese, a little milk, and a can of diced green chilies. I buy my cheese at the deli counter and just ask for a big block, not slices, and cut it into cubes myself.

Melt the cheese with milk and a can of diced green chilies over low heat until creamy. That’s it — a delicious cheese sauce with just three ingredients!

Veggie nachos in aluminum pans

The beauty of making these nachos in individual pans is that you can let each person build their own nachos using the ingredients they like best.

Put a layer of chips in the bottom of the pans and add peppers, onions, beans, and corn. Drizzle with some cheese sauce and repeat — piling the plates as high as you like.

Once the layering is complete, pop the pans into the oven for just a few minutes to get it all nice and hot. Last, top the nachos with diced fresh tomato, green onions, cilantro, and pickled jalapeño slices.

We like making the nachos in the individual pans, but of course this recipe can be made in one large pan as well. Enjoy, friends, and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Yield: 4 servings

Vegetarian Nachos with Green Chili Cheese Sauce

vegetarian nachos with pinto beans, peppers, and cheese sauce

Supreme Veggie Nachos with Green Chili Cheese Sauce made in individual pans are perfect for an at home movie night or casual party.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


Cheese Sauce

  • 1/2 pound white American cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 small can green chilis


  • Restaurant-Style tortilla chips, not thin chips
  • 1 medium sweet onion, julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 green pepper, julienned
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 15.5-oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained (or black beans)
  • 1 8.5-oz. can sweet whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Cilantro


Cheese Sauce

  1. Cut cheese into cubes and place in a medium saucepan with the milk and green chilis. Melt together over low heat, stirring often, about 7-8 minutes.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, saute onion and peppers in the olive oil over medium heat until the onions are tender and the peppers begin to have a bit of char.
  3. To assemble the nachos, place a thin layer of chips on individual aluminum pie pans, a pizza pan, or a large cookie sheet. Drizzle with 1/3 cheese sauce.
  4. Add a layer of onions and peppers, 1/2 of the beans, and 1/2 of the corn. Add another layer of chips and repeat all layers (cheese, sauteed vegetables, beans, and corn) and top with the remaining cheese.
  5. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven and garnish with diced tomato, green onions, cilantro, and jalapenos, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 451Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 1214mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 8gSugar: 13gProtein: 19g

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Friday 6th of May 2016

I would so eat this for lunch! I love all the fresh ingredients!

carrie @ frugal foodie mama

Thursday 5th of May 2016

I sort of want to pour that green chile cheese sauce on EVERYTHING! ;) Not just these nachos, lol. Looks delicious!

Des @ Life's Ambrosia

Thursday 5th of May 2016

Now that is a gorgeous plate of nachos! Loving all of the colors!

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