HEAB-Style Nachos

by HEAB on March 16, 2010

One dinner that I always looked forward to growing up was taco night, and if nachos were on a restaurant’s menu, I usually ordered them. Tortilla chips are probably my most favorite food in the world. Did you know that? 🙂

Since I had all the ingredients on hand, I decided to celebrate my own little Taco Night with CD. It wasn’t quite what my mom used to make, but both Chris and I loved it.


The base of my taco salad was roasted kale. For the taco meat, I browned 1 lb. of grass-fed finished beef with 1 onion, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp cumin, 2 cloves of crushed garlic, and a little water. Toppings included pine nut queso (recipe below), Don Sabrosa’s mild black bean & corn salsa, and Trader Joe’s flaxseed tortilla chips. Delicious!

Pine Nut Queso


1 cup raw pine nuts

3/4 cup water

Edited to Add: 3 TBSP nutritional yeast (I forgot the most important ingredient!)

2 TBSP fresh lemon juice

1 TBSP tahini

1 tsp salt

2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

pinch of mustard powder


Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

I continued the taco theme this morning with my breakfast…


Leftover roasted kale topped with 2 scrambled eggs, pine nut queso, and a spoonful of my dwindling chipotle almond butter with a few chips on the side. Great way to start the day!

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tosha25italia April 6, 2010 at 2:31 pm

hha ha – where are the nachos – isn’t that the base? I love it.

Heather Eats Almond Butter April 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Tosha, You know chips as a base isn’t my style. 😉

Alisa - Frugal Foodie March 18, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Now that is an impressive cheese and a delicious-looking pile of nachos!!!

Jenn March 17, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Ooopsie. I meant to leave that on today’s post.

Jenn March 17, 2010 at 11:27 pm

My hubby is sitting here next to me and he is diggin’ your avocado banana wrap thingy. I’ll eat avocado on anything.

Gena March 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Your pine nut queso sounds totally delish!

Carrie @ I See Monsters March 17, 2010 at 8:39 am

The “nachos” look so delicious! I’m quite partial to tortilla chips myself. Chips and salsa don’t stand a chance around me. 😉 (I love those Trader Joe’s chips you have there but I can’t have them in the house, because I will eat half the bag in one sitting! Yikes.)

Jessica @ Fit & Clean March 17, 2010 at 5:21 am

You’re nacho’s look fantastic! I haven’t had any out at a restaurant since I started eating clean, because the chips are filled with preservatives especially if you get them at a restaurant…then there’s the fat, and the sodium to consider also. (I miss them!) I especially liked that you used the kale chips as the base! What a great idea!!!

Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition March 17, 2010 at 1:13 am

What an amazing and healthy taco salad!

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) March 16, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I love nachos but only ever make them at home. Yours are sooooooo healthy! You are ridic. creative in the kitchen.

ilanalala March 16, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Okay I just bookmarked this post!! For the series finale of Lost my best friend and I are planning a Lost themed spread and tacos feature prominently…this looks like a great translation.

chau March 16, 2010 at 8:06 pm

ummmm i am not sure about eggs and almond butter

Annie March 16, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I love love love nachos…. buttttt… I can’t seem to develop a taste for Kale chips.. I’ve tried.. and they’re always bitter.. and they fill the house with a stank! I’ve massaged and massaged.. sigh.. but it LOOKS fabulous!

Carolyn March 16, 2010 at 6:04 pm

It does look like a golden raisin in there! Heabs that is the most healthful colorful plate of nachos ever.. The brightly chips make the photo. Still have not ventured into kale-ville, yet… But will…

Taco Bell Nachos Bell Grande, which used to be my fat girl favorite, have nothing on these…

MarathonVal March 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I loveeee raw vegan nacho cheese, and pine nuts are freaking amazing in everything. Looks delish Heather!

eatmovelove March 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Hmm…TJ’s should come up North 😉
I’ve heard of Whole Food’s and TJ’s down in the states – which do you prefer or go to usually?

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Eatmovelove, Trader Joe’s! Not quite as big of a selection as Whole Foods but much more affordable. There are certain ingredients I can only find at Whole Foods (shredded coconut, oat groats, coconut water, etc), but otherwise I buy everything at TJ’s.

jenny March 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Does pine nut alter your taste buds?

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Jenny, Not sure what you mean. Never noticed pine nuts altering my taste buds in anyway.

Anna March 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Mmmmm, nachos. The only bad thing about using pine nut queso is that you can’t eat twenty chips that are stuck together because of the melted cheese and claim that it’s only one nacho 🙂

Rachel @ Suburban Yogini March 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Oooh I love nachos – I’m so trying this recipe!

homecookedem March 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Your queso recipe sounds fantastic!! I love your idea of nachos!! 🙂

janetha March 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm

another amazing creation from kitchen a la HEAB!

The Foodie Diaries March 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm

haha whenever i have a particularly delicious dinner, i ALWAYS wake up craving it for bfast

Justine March 16, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Those tortilla chips look so good? What breand are they?

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Justine, They are Trader Joe’s tortilla chips with flax seeds. Love ’em!

Kelly March 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Yum…that nacho recipe sounds just about perfect! 🙂

shegoesbananas March 16, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Tortilla chips are my absolute favorite food on EARTH!!!! I am really enjoying branching out from just my regular brand to TJ’s, FSTG, & Guiltless Gourmet brands. I really like the TJ’s flax seed!

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heathee March 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Oh yum I can never turn down roasted kale! Pine nut cheese- great way to nix the dairy… I’ll definately be trying this in the future!

Pure2raw twins March 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm

That used to be my favorite part about Mexican restaurants was the fresh baked tortilla chips ; )

Katie March 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm

When I go out for Mexican I always end up bringing my entree home because I’ve gotten full off the free chips and salsa! I LOVE a good taco salad; I could eat it every day. for some reason though, it never tastes as good when I make it for myself!

Carbzilla March 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I’m a nachos fiend! Fortunately I can eat them now in a relatively decent portion (as opposed to GIGANTIC retaurant portions). The protein really helps me stick with a controlled portion of chips. Yum yum yum!

elleneatsbeats March 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

The nachos look fabulous!

VeggieGirl March 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

It looks like there’s 1 lone, golden raisin in the first photo 😀

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

VeggieGirl, Hehe – I think that’s a cooked onion. 🙂

Cynthia (It All Changes) March 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

Tortilla chips are some of my favorites too. I love adding random things to them.

Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble March 16, 2010 at 11:35 am

Yum! I love Mexican food! It’s my absolute favorite! And I love even more when I can find ways to eat it guilt free!

Mama Pea March 16, 2010 at 11:32 am

Pea Daddy says he could eat Mexican food every night of the week. I believe him. That pinenut queso looks incredible…I must try!!! Have a good night….LOST baby!!!

Erica March 16, 2010 at 11:25 am

YUM! You know tortilla chips are one of my favorite foods too! This looks like a fun spin on nacho night. I will have to do this for Josh & I. Hope you and CD are both having a good week so far.

Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 16, 2010 at 11:24 am

I have to say your breakfast looks amazing!

Shelly March 16, 2010 at 11:17 am

I just had to come tell you about the snack/dessert I’m having right now! Chocolate chia pudding with your homemade coconut butter. It’s amazing!
I used 1 T chia seeds, 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder, 4 T unsweetened almond milk and a drizzle of agave (or whatever sweetener you like) and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours (you only need 10 min. but I made this in the morning and brought it to work.) I topped it with a scoop of coconut butter- it is so good!!! Next time I may need to add almonds as well. 🙂

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 16, 2010 at 11:31 am

Shelly, So glad you enjoyed the coconut butter. So yummy, no?

Jaya March 16, 2010 at 11:06 am

Hey Heather! This looks great! I also love nachos and we make some really strange/delicious nacho variations around here. One of my faves is chips (of your choice) with chickpeas, drizzled with tahini+LJ+yogurt+cumin seeds + tamarind chutney and garnish with herbs of your choice. It is delicious beyond anything! I am definitely going to try your idea of basing it on a bed of kale. Looks awesome…as usual!

Lauren March 16, 2010 at 10:32 am

Random question but have you ever tried to create a vegan version of more of the strong cheeses like gorgonzola or blue cheese? I can do without the processed american and cheddars out there, but a good strong cheese is a little bit of heaven on earth for me.

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

Lauren, I tried making raw seed cheese, and it had a strong flavor alright. Tasted like feet, and I threw it out. Not sure how to make a raw Bleu cheese, but I’d love to know.

Kim March 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

Looks great! I wanted to let you know that I found some chipotle cashews at the supermarket the other day and came home and threw them in the food processor for a while. It made the most amazing chipotle cashew butter! I’ve been sneaking a spoonful here and there and have enjoyed every single morsel of it. So, you might look for that in your grocery store when you’re finally out of the chipotle almond butter. (I also wonder how it would turn out to add one canned chipotle in adobo sauce to a bunch of almonds and let it rip? I bet that could be pretty yummy, too!)

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 16, 2010 at 11:33 am

Thanks Kim. Good to know. I’ve been meaning to try making my own chipotle spiced almonds but haven’t gotten around to it. Soon!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 16, 2010 at 10:14 am

the nachos look great and I have been playing with pine nuts too lately making raw caramels with pine nuts. Sounds crazy, but true. They are PERFECT in raw vegan caramels.

And apparently in nacho sauce 🙂 and the only thing that could make that even better would be allotta nooch! ha!

I am still getting over the serendipity of me posting about coconut water yesterday, linking you, and coming back here, and you posted about it yesterday. Wow. Take me to Vegas or something…haha!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 16, 2010 at 11:31 am

Averie, Yes, I added nooch to the queso but totally forgot to mention it in the recipe. Thanks for pointing that out!!!

Gracie @ Girl Meets Health March 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

Nachos with eggs….you just continue to prove yourself to be a woman after my own heart 😛

The Messy Chef March 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

Definitely going to have to try the pine nut queso – I miss cheese!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 16, 2010 at 9:27 am

Yummy…love the nachos! I am definitely trying out that queso! Looks and sounds delicious!

Lara (Thinspired) March 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

I DID know that tortillas chips were your favorite 🙂 I seem to remember that from my early days of reading HEAB!
Your HEAB-ified version, as always, is so creative and healthy. I don’t think I ever told you (or blogged about it yet), but I have been enjoying versions of your HEAB-style fried rice ever since you guest psoted 🙂

eatmovelove March 16, 2010 at 9:12 am

I am a chips and salsa and cheese girl for sure. I am obsessed with salsas, sauces and such alot lately…sometimes I feel like my tongue is “raw” a bit the next day or feel blah…could it be this? Maybe too acidic…but my addictions do not “click” off for me…hmmmm…:)

claire March 16, 2010 at 8:58 am

Chips and salsa is definitely on my top eats.I’m the chips and salsa girl to my friends.I always supply them when we get together for cocktails:-)cc

musingsofthegranolagirl March 16, 2010 at 8:54 am

YUM those nachos look delicious, how colorful!

I <3 Kale 🙂

frompartytohearty March 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

I love roasted Kale and I can’t wait to be eating Grass fed beef when I move into my new apartment. It is a food I have been dying to give a shot! Eggs+Kale+AB= awesome breakfast!

Jessica @ How Sweet March 16, 2010 at 8:34 am

Nachos are a favorite food of mine – I just absolutely love them and they are so versatile. I think I would love this version as long as I roasted the kale enough so it was crispy. Great idea!

Heather (Heather's Dish) March 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

oh my gosh…this sounds AMAZING! i love nachos – to a fault – and never thought of kale chips as a base! once again you’ve blown my mind 🙂

p.s. i used the coconut butter on a breakfast cookie this morning, and there’s no turning back now! i’m hooked!

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