Nugchos - Nugget Nachos

Recipe Sponsored by Gardein

It is without a doubt the best time of the year for SNACKS. After school snacks, country fair season, tailgate season, and sweater weather all come together to make snack magic. I love coming up with crazy over the top ideas for my game day snacks and these Nugchos fit that bill nicely. With a name like nugchos you know it’s gonna work!

I am excited to be working with Gardein on this recipe. Georgina and I have been trying to eat less meat but things like zucchini nachos (zuccchos?) are just simply not as cool or impressive as nugchos. With Gardein seven grain crispy tenders I can have the best of both worlds! It also means we can bring a snack to the party that all my friends can eat.

Step one is to cook the tenders to get them crispy.

About 18 minutes, and I flipped them halfway.

Next, pile them up in a pan with cheese.

Top with pickled jalapenos and pop them into the oven for another 10 minutes to melt the cheese.

Salsa and sour cream on top of course.

A little avocado on the side and then you can dig right in!

Check out the video below!

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Nugchos are nachos made with nuggets instead of chips and topped with cheese, salsa, sour cream, avocado, and pickled jalapenos.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Tex-Mex
Servings: 3 people


  • 2 packages Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders
  • 2 cups jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 avocado


  • Bake the tenders according to the package instructions – about 18 minutes at 430
  • Build the nachos on a baking dish starting with the tenders, then adding cheese, and repeating in layers until you use all the tenders. Top with the pickled jalapenos
  • bake at 430 for 7-10 minutes just until the cheese is melted.
  • Top with salsa, sour cream, and avocado slices (or guac if you prefer). Keep some extra toppings on the side for dipping. Serve!

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