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Vegetarian BBQ Nachos

These Vegetarian BBQ Nachos are loaded with a sweet and spicy bbq mixture made from meatless crumbles, corn, and onion and topped with an easy homemade queso sauce. Not only do they taste fabulous, but they will satisfy any cravings you have for barbecue without any meat being involved.

Vegetarian BBQ Nachos


My daughter became vegetarian over a year ago and I think one of the foods she misses the most is barbecue. But now she has this recipe to help her get her barbecue fix.

Vegetarian BBQ Nachos

We were grocery shopping and she expressed a desire to make BBQ Nachos. I suggested she use some “meatless” crumbles and she totally came up with the rest. When I tasted the finished product, I was blown away. It is delicious! So much so, I talked her into making it for me for lunch two other days that week.

Vegetarian BBQ Nachos made with meatless crumbles and a quick and easy queso sauce.

First she sautes the “meat”, corn, and onion in a nonstick skillet. Once the onion has softened, she adds bbq sauce. She keeps it warm while she makes a quick queso sauce using a roux, milk, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Some salsa, cilantro, and jalapeno peppers finish off the nachos.

Vegetarian BBQ Nachos made with meatless crumbles and a quick and easy queso sauce.

These nachos are a little sweet and spicy from the bbq sauce and packed with tons of flavor. As with any nacho recipe,you can tailor it to suit your tastes. ย Use your favorite bbq sauce and try adding different ingredients like black beans, sour cream, or guacamole. A drizzle of Ranch dressing would be fabulous too.

Vegetarian BBQ Nachos are ready in a flash and are a taste sensation not just for vegetarians, but any nacho lover.

Vegetarian BBQ Nachos

Vegetarian BBQ Nachos

Vegetarian BBQ Nachos

Vegetarian BBQ Nachos loaded with "meatless" crumbles cooked with corn and onion and covered in bbq sauce. Topped with salsa and a quick and easy queso.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 10 mins
TOTAL: 20 mins


  • 1 cup meatless crumbles, my daughter uses Morningstar Farms
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • kernels removed from 1 ear of corn
  • 1/3 cup BBQ Sauce, my daughter uses Sticky Fingers Carolina Sweet
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 cups or so of tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • pickled jalapeno peppers


  • Coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Add meatless crumbles, onion, and corn.
  • Cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until onion softens.
  • Add BBQ Sauce. Remove from heat, but keep warm.
  • To make queso sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan. Add flour, stir to combine, and cook for 30 seconds. Gradually add milk, and cheese, whisking continuously. When cheese has melted and mixture has thickened, remove from heat.
  • To serve, place tortilla chips on plate, top with bbq mixture, queso sauce, salsa, cilantro, and jalapenos.


Calories: 662kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

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21 thoughts on “Vegetarian BBQ Nachos”

  1. Has anyone actually tried the recipe instead of just commenting on the pic, I would like to know how they taste.

  2. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    yum these nachos look so delicious. definitely recreating the recipe for my vegetarian household!

  3. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    These nachos look so splendid I don’t even think I’d miss the meat! Nachos are all about the toppings, and it looks like your daughter has that one covered. ๐Ÿ˜€ Delicious recipe!

  4. Shashi @ runninsrilankan

    YUM – Your daughter is a genius – this looks so finger licking good! I did not know Morning Star had meatless crumbles – I gotta get my hands on some and make these nachos – ooh cannot wait!

  5. You are officially making me want nachos for breakfast! Gosh these look amazing! Love the fresh corn in here!!

  6. Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    Mmm … nachos! I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t miss the meat in these at all! Like mother, like daughter, hey? I bet you can’t wait to see what else she comes up with now!

  7. Samina | The Cupcake Confession

    Whooaaa!!!! This looks ABSOLUTELY awesomeeeeee Christin!!! Your daughter is an absolute star for coming up with a meat free version. Although I do eat meat, I don’t really like it all that much so this is just just just FABBBBBULOUS! I’m loving that bbq and the queso sauce! Ohhhh yum! I’m a nacho fan all the way and since it’s monsoon here, corn is available in ABUNDANCE!!!! So this just HAS to happen at home now! ๐Ÿ˜€ <3

  8. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Yum, I know I would love these. I was a vegetarian for many years and ate my share of meatless crumbles. I love them ๐Ÿ˜€ Great recipe!

  9. I would enjoy these meatless nachos just as much as regular — all I really need is all the cheese and veggies! This looks delicious, Christin! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Judit + Corina | Glamorous Bite

    This nachos look ridiculously delicious Christin! Love your daughter’s recipe and her choice of the Sticky Fingers Carolina Sweet BBQ sauce sounds amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong

    Veg bbq nachod look incredible. . Your daughter came up with such an amazing recipe.. love all the flavours.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    I’m not a vegetarian, but you have NO idea how badly I am craving a huge-ish plateful of these nachos right about now. Your daughter sure created something tasty! This is just so SO fun and yummy-looking!

  13. WOW! these look so amazingly delicious!! And to think… they are vegetarian?! How fun!! Love it!

  14. Annie @Maebells

    Oh yum!! I didn’t eat meat for almost 10 years, so this is right up my alley! I love loaded nachos!

  15. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Sounds like your daughter came up with a winner! These nachos look amazing! I never thought about making a vegetarian version before, but now I can see how delicious it would be!

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