Kale Chip NACHOS with Black Beans, Sweet Potatoes and Avocado! A 30 minute #plantbased #glutenfree meal! #vegan #nachos #kale
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Kale Chip Nachos (30 Minutes!)

30-minute, 8-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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 (side servings or half as entrées)
Category: Appetizer, Entree, Side, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Mexican-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3-4 Days



  • 1 large bundle curly kale (can sub 2 small bundles per 1 large)
  • 2-3 Tbsp avocado oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 healthy pinch each sea salt + black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)


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


  • 1 Tbsp coconut or avocado oil
  • 1 large sweet potato (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 (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) 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 (or more if increasing batch size) 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 (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).

  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).


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without additional toppings (i.e. salsa, avocado, onion, etc.).

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4 side servings)