This recipe is not only healthy for a comfort food like Nachos, it is also super cheap, at under $12 for the ingredients. I got everything from Trader Joe’s. I love their plantain chips, but they also have some great multigrain/ Quinoa tortilla chips. Jackfruit doesn’t really taste like chicken, but it has a similar texture and the flavor is neutral and covered completely by the BBQ sauce, so it is a great “imposter.” I fed these nachos to Matt and his friend, Jake, and they had no idea it wasn’t chicken until I told them. Those BBQ flavors are strong and that is what your palate focuses on, along with yummy fats like cheese and guacamole.
Eating meatless meals is often cheaper, and a good balance to my paleo diet. I love experimenting with vegan foods because, like paleo, it is such an anti-inflammatory diet, if you do it right! I know I suggest going without cheese for the Vegan version, and some people probably think that’s crazy for nachos. HOWEVER, I have been on a strict AIP paleo regiment and had nachos with sweet potato fries or plantain chips that are served just with veggies, pulled chicken, and tons of flavorful guacamole and THEY. ARE. DELICIOUS. If you opt out on the cheese, for either a strict paleo or vegan meal, I strongly suggest you double the guacamole and you will be absolutely satisfied on every front! Fat, protein, and carb!
You can find sugar-free BBQ sauces in stores, but if you prefer to make one at home, I combine:
- 1 can tomato puree
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 Tbsp coconut aminos or Tamari
- 2 Tbsp Dijon
- 1 Pinch each of: all spice, salt, pepper, hungarian paprika, chili powder, cayenne, garlic
- Tortilla or plantain chips (paleo) (1.99)
- 2 cups of shredded cheese (I use cheddar and pepper jack) (3.99)
- 1 can of jackfruit, marinated in *paleo barbecue sauce (0.99)
- 1 cup of black beans (0.89)
- 1/2 of a thinly sliced red onion ( a few cents for all veggies)
- 1 thinly chopped celery stalk
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 2-3 avocados, mashed, liberally salted, and topped with juice of one lime for a basic guac! (2.99)
- Preheat oven to 350. The only purpose here is to melt cheese and warm through jackfruit
- Spread chips out on a parchment lined baking sheet so that they are touching, but do not cover one another up
- Sprinkle on half of cheese first (this will help other ingredients stick)
- sprinkle black beans,onion and celery on
- evenly spread BBQ marinated jackfruit over chips, feel free to dump extra marinade on
- Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cheese is melted and “BBQ” is warmed through
- If you used parchment, you can easily pick up nachos and transfer to a platter
- THEN top with your cherry tomatoes and avocado, so you don’t lose any to the sheet pan!
- I also top with some bonus PICKLED red onions, because I love them!
For Paleo Version
Sub out tortilla chips for Plantain Chips
For Vegan Version
No Cheese or sub with vegan cheese