BY : PUBLISHED : May 17th, 2014 UPDATED: November 15th, 2021

My friend Alex gave me the idea for this recipe and I was like, “How have I never thought of this before?” It combines most of my favorite foods at once and you can pretty much put whatever you want on these so let your imagination run wild. Thanks Alex!

Loaded vegan tachos piled high on a plate.


Drew Wilkinson
Use tater tots as the base for nachos! Load them up any way you like and enjoy the flavors and textures.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 497 kcal
DIET Vegan


  • 1 package of tater tots (sweet potato tots work well for this too!)
  • 1 can of black beans (better if you make your own from scratch)
  • ¾ cup of vegan cheese
  • 1 cup of brown rice or quinoa
  • 1 container of salsa of your choice
  • 2 avocados cubed


  • Preheat oven to temperature designated on tater tot package.
  • Add 1 cup of brown rice or quinoa to a small pot and briefly saute in oil to brown the outside. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer, cover with lid and allow 20-25 minutes to cook. A rice cooker does this even easier and faster.
  • Bake tots in the oven as directed.
  • Empty your can of beans into a small pot and warm them up. If using black beans, try adding diced green chiles or jalapeno, 1 tablespoon cumin and 2 bay leaves to the mixture to flavor them. When you’re ready to serve, simply strain off the liquid.
  • Once the tots are about done, pull them out and cover them in your cheese. Return to the oven for 2 minutes, then broil for another 2. BE CAREFUL, broiling can burn food very quickly so be sure to keep an eye on this, it will melt the cheese quickly though.
  • Now that your rice or quinoa is done, add half the container of salsa to it and mix it around.
  • Remove tots from oven, put them on a plate and dump all remaining ingredients on top into a big tasty pile. Add hot sauce of your choice.


Try using "crispy crowns" which are flat circles instead of tater tots. Even more like nachos!


Calories: 497kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 13gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 630mgPotassium: 943mgFiber: 16gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 152IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 4mg
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