Kale Chip Nachos

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30-minute, 7-ingredient vegan nachos made with kale chips, sweet potato rounds, black beans, avocado and salsa! A filling, flavorful, healthy, plant-based meal or snack.

Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Entrée, Snack, Side, Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free, Mexican-Inspired
Serves: 2-4

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  • 1 large or 2 small bundles (~500 g) curly kale
  • 2-3 Tbsp (30-45 ml) avocado oil or melted coconut oil
  • Healthy pinch each sea salt + black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • optional: 1 Tbsp (3 g) nutritional yeast


  • 1 15-ounce (425 g) can black beans (if unsalted, add 1/4 tsp sea salt), slightly drained
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder


  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut or avocado oil
  • 1 large sweet potato (~150 g), sliced into 1/4-inch rounds (organic when possible)
  • TOPPINGS optional
  • Ripe avocado
  • Favorite salsa (or make your own)!
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Sliced red onion


  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F (107 C) – use convection bake if you have it – and prep kale by rinsing, thoroughly drying, and tearing into small pieces (discard any large stems).
  2. Add kale to a large mixing bowl and drizzle with oil. Use hands to massage the kale to disperse the oil.
  3. Add salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and nutritional yeast (optional) to the kale and toss with hands to distribute.
  4. Divide kale between 2 large baking sheets and spread into an even layer, making sure the pieces aren’t overlapping to ensure crispiness. You may need to bake them in 2 batches depending on size of baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Then remove from oven and toss/stir to ensure even baking. Bake for 5-10 minutes more or until chips are crispy and slightly golden brown. Watch carefully to ensure they don’t burn.
  6. In the meantime, add slightly drained black beans to a small saucepan along with cumin and chili powder (add salt if beans are unsalted) and warm over medium heat. Once bubbling, reduce to low to keep warm. Stir occasionally.
  7. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp oil and spread to coat the surface. Then add sliced sweet potatoes in a single layer. Cover to steam.
  8. Cook for 3-5 minutes, checking every couple of minutes to see if the undersides are brown. Once brown, flip to the other side, cover, and continue cooking until both sides are brown and potatoes are tender (about 7-8 minutes total). Set aside.
  9. To serve, arrange kale chips on a serving platter and top with sweet potatoes, black beans, and any other desired toppings, such as avocado, salsa, cilantro, or red onion. Serves 2 as an entrée or 4 as a side.
  10. Store leftover sweet potatoes and black beans separately in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days. Store leftover kale chips in a well-sealed container at room temperature up to 3 days (though best when fresh).
  11. Serve these as is or with some Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup or 5-Ingredient Ginger Beer Margaritas!


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 4 servings without additional toppings (i.e. salsa, avocado, onion, etc.).

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1/4 of recipe without extra toppings Calories: 209
Fat: 5.6g Saturated fat: 3.6g
Carbohydrates: 33.6g Sugar: 2.9g
Sodium: 69mg Fiber: 6.6g
Protein: 8.8g