gluten free + vegan nachos recipes

Quick and Easy Gluten Free + Vegan Nachos Recipes

Quick and Easy Gluten Free + Vegan Nachos Recipes

Nachos are not a super easy dish to replicate the taste with allergy friendly ingredients. Even allergy friendly, they’re not the healthiest dish but they are so quick and easy that having them as an option while traveling is really helpful. There’s nothing extra special about these but below are our options for quick and easy gluten free and vegan nachos recipes.

Nachos have always been one of our favorite quick and easy recipes at home and away, and they generally are quite filling. Sometimes we don’t always want to find a place to eat out (or don’t have many options) while traveling, for both allergy and cost reasons, so quick and easy hotel room recipes are necessary.

We always prefer to stay in hotels or airbnb’s that have full kitchens, making it much easier to prepare our own meals, but that isn’t always an option everywhere we go. Since the majority of hotels have a minimum of a microwave and a mini fridge in the room, these nachos can be made pretty much anywhere.

Keep reading to find quick and easy gluten free and vegan nachos recipes.

*When we are at home we make as much of our own food as possible, avoiding packaged or processed items, but when we are traveling we can’t always do that. We try to remain as healthy as possible with these recipes while not stressing over every detail. It’s important for us to stay healthy, but it’s also important for us to continue to live and enjoy traveling.

Finding the Ingredients

You should be able to find all of the ingredients in most health food stores (like Whole Foods) or maybe even some of the regular grocery stores here in the United States. If not or you don’t want to risk waiting to find out if they have them or not, you could also pack up the ingredients and bring them with you when you travel.

If you’re traveling on an airplane, for cold items like the cheese, you can bring a little lunchbox with an empty ziplock bag and ask for ice from a restaurant once you are past security. Or according to, “Frozen liquid items and gel packs are allowed through the checkpoint as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening.” So theoretically you should be able to pack a lunch box or something with an ice pack.

Below are a few different options and ideas for how to make super quick and easy gluten free and vegan nachos recipes at home or while you are traveling.


Our Preferred Chip Options
  • Siete Sea Salt Grain Free Tortilla Chips – These chips are a lot thinner and lighter so if you add something liquid-y (like beans), it can make these chips a little soggy.
  • Siete Grain Free Dip Chips – These ones are a little bit sturdier than the previous, and I think they have a better taste.
  • Lundberg Rice Chips – These always taste great to us, but they have a few questionable ingredients.
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Dip Chips – These are Trader Joe’s version of Frito’s chips. They do use sunflower oil, but there are only 3 ingredients and everything is organic.

Cheese Options
  • Miyoko’s Vegan Farmhouse Cheddar – This cheese is more of a last resort since it is already shredded, but we wouldn’t recommend it because of the ingredient “natural flavor”.
  • Miyoko’s Vegan Mozzarella – This comes as a “cheese” wheel so it would need to be shredded.
  • Siete Cashew Queso – We are not huge fans of liquid cheese nachos but if you like that, we’ve heard great things about Siete’s Cashew Queso.
  • Homemade “Cheese” – We haven’t tried it yet, but we found a tasty looking homemade vegan cheese recipe online. It’s better when you can control the ingredients but that might not be an option while traveling.

Pretty much anything you want, but these are some options we usually like to use for nachos:

  • Shredded Chicken – We like to get the Whole Foods Organic Rotisserie Chicken to avoid having to cook something ourselves.
  • Organic Avocado – Always get organic if you can.
  • Organic Cilantro – Always get organic if you can.
  • Forager Sour Cream or Forager Plain Yogurt – The Forager yogurt tastes very similar to the sour cream.
  • (And my personal favorite) Fillo’s Puerto Rican Pink Beans – The spices and flavors they put in these beans combined with the Miyoko’s Cheese really reminds me of an old Nacho flavor, could just be me 🤪 but they are seriously my favorite! They’re not organic, but it’s one of the only cooked beans options to use while traveling.


– Shred the cheese, shred the chicken, slice the avocado or prepare any other toppings you want on your Nachos.

– Simply stack and layer your nachos just how you want them and pop them in the microwave. No need to cook the beans if you get one of the precooked packaged ones like Fillo’s.

– When we layer our nachos with Chips, Beans, and Cheese; we put them in for 35 seconds in the microwave or a little more if the cheese hasn’t melted (the vegan cheese won’t really melt like normal cheese but it should get a little creamy or soft). Then add the Avocado, Cilantro, and/or Sour Cream on top after and enjoy.

Again, these should not be considered a “healthy” meal but they are at least allergy friendly and good for traveling. Sometimes you have limited options and just doing the best you can to stay healthy is great. It’s important not to worry too much and stress yourself out because that does enough damage to your body itself.

These are just such simple gluten free and vegan nachos recipes that are so great for us especially when traveling. Hopefully you can use them to make things a little easier while traveling and please let us know if you try any other chips or cheeses that are healthier and taste even better!

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