Cut potatoes into sticks (you can use a regular knife or a crinkle cut knife). I peeled the potatoes but you can leave the peel on if you prefer. Soak in a large bowl with cold water for about 15 minutes, then drain the water and pat-dry the potato sticks.
Add the potato sticks back to the dried bowl and drizzle with 1 tablespoon cooking oil. Stir with a spoon or mix with your hands to coat the potato sticks with the oil from all sides. Cook in an air-fryer (390 F / 200 C for about 20-25 minutes) or in the oven (390 F / 200 C for about 35 minutes, flipping halfway through) or until golden brown and crispy.
Add the fries back to the bowl and sprinkle with the taco seasoning, toss to combine.
For the vegan "meat"
Meanwhile, soak the TVP in 2 cups warm water for 5-10 minutes, then drain the water.
Heat oil in a pan/skillet over medium heat and add the diced onion. Sauté for a few minutes, then add the garlic and drained TVP.
Stir in all spices, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar. Fry over medium for about 4-5 minutes, then turn off the heat and set the pan aside. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.
Assemble the fries
Make a batch of my Easy Vegan Cheese Sauce but add a little water to thin it out until it has a similar consistency to nacho cheese.
Prepare all the rest of the ingredients you want to use.
Arrange the fries on a large platter. Add the vegan "meat", vegan cheese sauce, tomatoes, peppers, salsa/hot sauce. You can also add diced avocado/guacamole. Garnish with fresh scallions or chives and enjoy immediately!
Homemade taco seasoning: To make your homemade taco seasoning, use these spices: 1 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder
TVP: Use 1 1/4 cup (250 grams) of cooked lentils instead of TVP. Read the blog post for other soy-free options.
Soy sauce: You can use gluten-free soy sauce, low-sodium soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos.
How to store: The loaded fries are best eaten immediately. You can store the toppings covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Variation: You can use store-bought nachos instead of fries for a variation.
Recipe serves 5. Nutrition facts are for one serving.
Nacho Fries Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 6g30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.