Aaron's Famous Vegetarian Nachos


These vegetarian nachos are very satisfying and crave-worthy. I can eat them once a week. You can add whatever toppings you like, but this recipe with refried beans, jalapeño salsa, and pepper Jack cheese is our favorite. Also good topped with sliced pepperoncini or diced jalapeño.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans fat-free refried beans

  • 1 (7.75 ounce) can jalapeno salsa (such as El Pato®)

  • 1 (12 ounce) bag tortilla chips

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded pepper Jack cheese

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded lettuce

  • 1 (4 ounce) can sliced black olives


  1. Preheat the oven broiler. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  2. Combine refried beans and salsa in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until blended and heated through, about 5 minutes.

  3. Arrange tortilla chips on the prepared baking sheet. Spoon refried bean mixture over chips. Sprinkle with pepper Jack cheese, green bell pepper, and onion.

  4. Cook under the preheated broiler until cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Garnish with lettuce and olives.


If we don't have canned salsa, my husband (the recipe creator) uses juice from the jar of the pepperoncinis or jalapeños.

You can try these with meat, too. They are great with grilled chicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

882 Calories
41g Fat
100g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 882
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 2279mg 99%
Total Carbohydrate 100g 36%
Dietary Fiber 18g 65%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 29mg 144%
Calcium 580mg 45%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 521mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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