Gluten Free Nachos With or Without Beans

Whether serving a crowd or just a few people, nachos are always a big hit. With this gluten free nachos recipe you can add your favorite toppings, from olives to jalapeno peppers, from sour cream to guacamole. Of course, a good cheese sauce is a must. You can either add cheese and melt in the oven or microwave, or make a homemade cheese sauce. If you wish to kick it up a notch, add chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder. Yummy deliciousness! – even when made dairy-free. Enjoy!

Gluten-free Nachos With or Without Beans


Yield: Serves 2-4

Gluten-free Nachos With or Without Beans

A gluten free nachos recipe with a variety of choices for toppings. Delicious no matter what you use. Use your favorites!


    For the Nachos
  • Gluten free tortilla chips (I use Padrino's No Salt)
  • 1/2 cup gluten free refried beans (La Preferida brand) (optional)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup ground beef
  • 1/8 yellow onion, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • Dash of cumin
  • Dash of chili powder
  • Dash of fine sea salt
  • Dash of oregano
  • Dash of paprika
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • 1/8 cup canned gluten free diced green chiles (optional)
  • Onion, tomatoes and/or red bell peppers, diced or sliced (optional)
  • Gluten free olives, sliced (Lindsay brand) (optional)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup cheddar cheese or your favorite cheese, shredded (Daiya brand* is dairy-free/vegan.) (or Gluten Free Cheese Sauce with optional chili, onion, and garlic powder, to taste
  • For the Avocado Topping
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup FAGE Greek Yogurt (or dairy-free alternative)
  • Gluten free chipotle sauce (I use Bufalo brand.)
  • Splash of white vinegar (I use Heinz.)
  • Dash of garlic powder


    For the Nachos
  1. Scramble up the ground beef in a skillet until thoroughly cooked; or add leftover ground beef to skillet.
  2. If using onion, add to the skillet and saute until translucent.
  3. Add water and seasonings; stir. Saute for about 5 minutes.
  4. On a plate, add several tortilla chips; don't worry about arranging the outside ones, just yet.
  5. If using, warm the beans and add to chips in a circle, allowing room for beef in the middle.
  6. Add beef to the middle. (Or mix the beans and beef together prior to adding them over the chips.)
  7. Top with diced green chiles, onion, peppers, tomatoes and/or olives, if using.
  8. Arrange larger tortilla chips to the outside edges. (Or you can top with cheese then vegetables.)
  9. Top with cheese.
  10. Microwave on a low to medium setting until cheese melts. (Or make it in a oven proof dish and place under broiler for a few seconds/minutes.)
  11. For the Avocado Topping:
  12. Mash 1/2 an avocado.
  13. Mix in about 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (or sour cream), 10 drops of chipotle sauce, sprinkle of garlic powder and splash of vinegar.
  14. Scoop onto top of nachos.



I read that Rosarita refried beans contains distilled vinegar which may be derived from wheat or corn, but that the distilling process removes any gluten. Because of that reason they can not be labeled gluten free.

If you use Daiya brand cheese this recipe is no longer soy-free, but is dairy free.

5 Replies to “Gluten Free Nachos With or Without Beans”

  1. love nachos i make a bean dip
    8oz sour cream
    8oz of cream cheese
    8 oz can of green salsa
    add these spices to taste
    minced onions
    garlic powder
    red peper flakes
    then put it on the nachos
    add chedder and cook @ 350 until done

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