Healthified Plantain Nachos For Game Day!

With some simple substitutions to incorporate more plants, this nacho recipe is nutritious so you can feel good about serving it. The dairy-free cashew cheese pairs perfectly with the plantains (which are an excellent source of resistant starch), but for a short-cut, feel free to swap them for grain-free tortilla chips.

Plantain Nachos

Plantains comprise the base of this delicious nacho dish. Grain-free and plant-based, plantains are a gut-friendly food. Feel free to take a short-cut by using corn tortilla chips and real cheese.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Passive Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack


For the Plantains

  • 3 green plantains, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • sea salt to taste

For the Cashew Cheese

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked at least 4 hours or preferably overnight
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • juice from ½ a lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt (or more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • cup water (or more if necessary)

For the Toppings

  • ½ cup black beans
  • 1 cup pulled chicken (I suggest a rotisserie chicken already cooked; also can omit)

Optional Guacamole Topping

  • 2 avocados, cubed
  • juice from ½ a lime
  • garlic salt to taste
  • onion salt to taste
  • sea salt to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • Place plantain slices in a medium bowl and coat with coconut oil and sea salt. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and cook 25-30 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Set aside.
  • Make guacamole topping. Add avocado, lime juice, garlic salt, onion powder and sea salt to a small bowl. Mash with a fork until desired consistency is reached. Set aside. 
  • Make the cashew cheese. In a high speed blender, add cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic salt, sea salt and black pepper. Add 1/4 cup water and process, slowly pouring in more water until smooth and creamy. 
  • Place plantain chips in an oven-safe skillet or bowl. Add pulled chicken, black beans, and cashew cheese. Place back in the oven for 10 minutes or until warmed through. Top with guacamole and enjoy! 
Keyword Dairy-free optional, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Oil-free, Soy-free, Tree Nut-Free Option, Vegan Option