Easy vegetarian nachos + WIN a Crockpot

We grew up with plenty of Crockpot meals, and in fact, mum’s Crockpot only just gave up the ghost after more than 20 years of cooking us regular meals. I love the ease and convenience of Crockpot cooking and there’s so much you can do with it – including vegetarian nachos!

Crockpot have recently relaunched with three models to suit all families. I gave the original Crockpot CHP200 family size version a go and created these delicious vegetarian nachos.  The family size serves 2-4 people which is perfect for us and the bonus is it doesn’t take up too much room in the cupboard.

Nachos might be an easy dinner but with the Crockpot they are even easier! Created with plenty of vegetables and served with a delicious salsa, they’re a healthier twist on the original.  Black beans and kidney beans provide antioxidants, fibre and plant based protein and are very filling and economical to buy.  The most time consuming part of this recipe is crushing the garlic cloves and chopping the onion!  You can literally make these in 5 minutes before work. Then after work, prepare the salsa and you’re ready for a delicious crowd pleasing dinner.

Even though the ingredients list is fairly long, it’s very simple to prepare.  If you wanted you could even use some premade Mexican seasoning which you can find in the herb and spice area at the supermarket.  Cocoa may seem like a strange addition but it is really delicious in nacho beans and adds a nice richness to it.

Here’s the recipe:

Vegetarian Nachos

Ingredients (serves 4)

2 tins of tomato
1 tin black beans
1 tin kidney beans
4 portabella flat mushrooms, chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons cocoa
½ teaspoon chilli flakes
1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce


For the salsa:
2 chopped tomatoes,
6 chopped jalapenos
½ avocado, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon coriander, chopped

To serve:
Tortilla chips (I used Mission Mexican brand)
Sour Cream or Greek yoghurt
Lime wedges


Add one of the tin of tomatoes to the Crockpot.  Drain the second tin of tomatoes and add this too. Draining the second tin stops the bean mix from being too wet.

Drain and rinse the beans and add this to the Crockpot along with the mushrooms and onion.  Sprinkle over the herbs, spices, cocoa, and chilli flakes.  Stir in the sweet chilli sauce and mix to combine the ingredients. Sweet Chilli Sauce isn’t very Mexican but it adds great flavour.

Turn the Crockpot to low and leave for 6-8 hours.  Cooking the bean mixture in the Crockpot really allows those delicious Mexican flavours to develop, but because everything is cooked you can eat it before this if you want.

Serve with the salsa, tortilla chips, sour cream, lime wedges and garnish with coriander.



I’ve got one Crockpot to giveaway from the new range!  To be in the draw to win, check out the Crockpot website and tell me what Crockpot you’d like to win and what you’d cook in it.

Competition closes 30th May 2017.  Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email as well as published on this post.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHARLOTTE – you have been emailed 🙂

This post was sponsored by Crockpot










74 Responses to Easy vegetarian nachos + WIN a Crockpot

  1. Caitlyn macquarrie May 8, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

    I’d love the crockpot sear and slow, coffee and chocolate bread pudding looks like a good one to try!

  2. Kama Scarf May 8, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

    The traditional would be perfect for me. Those nachos look so yummy!!

  3. Frances Turpie May 8, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

    Wow the Crock Pot Sear and Slow would be wicked.. to actually be able to sear my meat, saute the onions, garlic, carrots all in one pot is amazing.. I’d cook a beef casserole with dumplings in it firstly. .

  4. Carla May 8, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

    Ooh I would live to win the Sear and Slow! Being able to brown ingredients in the same dish would add flavour and reduce dishes and hassle! I would make a chickpea and pumpkin curry. Delish!

  5. Charlotte May 8, 2017 at 9:18 pm #

    With a baby on the way life’s about to get a whole lot busier so I’m making it my mission to build a repertoire of great slow cooker recipes. This nacho recipe is definitely going on the to-do list. I would love the Sear and Slow to save on dishes.

  6. Marie bastien May 8, 2017 at 9:34 pm #

    The lift and serve to make lots and lots of soup for winter coming.

  7. Megan May 8, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

    I like the look of the sear and slow, would be perfect for a lovely slow cooked pulled beef ????

  8. Ally Hynes May 8, 2017 at 10:08 pm #

    Oooh! The Crockpot Sear and Slow would be super amazing and very timely!! I’ve had my second bubba with first one being 3 years old so this would be perfect to get sorted first thing in morning and meal ready to go in evening when everyone’s hungry & tired!!! So yes please!!!! I’d make slow cooked barbecue sauce lamb shanks with meat falling off the bones!! Yummo!!!

  9. Suzanne May 8, 2017 at 10:25 pm #

    The traditional would be the perfect size for me 🙂 I have a list of recipes I really want to try and make one of which is a slow cooker nacho bowl.

  10. Arna Conder May 8, 2017 at 11:05 pm #

    I’m definitely going to use that nacho recipe. Tomorrow night in fact! Unfortunately it won’t be in a slow cooker as I haven’t got one…
    I would love the Crockpot Sear and Slow. Timer means it would be perfect for setting before I leave for work and dinner would be done when returning home. Perfect for keeping meals warm for during the cold wet rugby season.

  11. Kirsty Hartley May 9, 2017 at 7:47 am #

    I would love the sear and slow crockpot because that way I wouldn’t have to brown the meat in a frying pan before adding it to the crockpot which will intensify the flavours. I would make apricot chicken. 🙂

  12. Dylan H May 9, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    I love the Crock-Pot® Lift & Serve – CHP450 because the lid is hinged! Great idea. I’d show cook lambshanks and serve over mashed potatoes with heaps of gravy

  13. Karen Mabey May 9, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    Love the sound of the Crock-Pot® Sear & Slow – CHP700. I would cook lots of casseroles in it. 🙂

  14. Rachel May 9, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    The Crock-Pot Sear and Slow would be amamzing!! I would make pulled pork ????

  15. Sarah Fletcher May 9, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

    I would love to win the Crockpot Sears aND Slow.

  16. Nicola Davis May 9, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

    Would love the sear and slow! I’d probably make a chicken casserole ????

  17. Lisa McDowell May 10, 2017 at 11:55 am #

    I would love to win the Lift and Serve. The size of it would be amazing to make soups in, especially as my previous one has broken so a new one would be amazing.
    I would first like to make a yummy warming curry with winter starting to settle in.
    Thanks for the opportunity! ????

  18. Katie Crowe May 10, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

    Would love the sear and slow, great being able to do it in the same pot. I’d cook my family a hearty beef casserole and serve it with mash, delicious!

  19. Bex Brown May 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

    I would love to please win the sear and slow. My husband would make pulled pork, but I love the look of your nacho recipe yummmmmm ????

  20. Gabrielle connor May 10, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

    Absolutly crock pot sear 700 – I use old school crock pot from the 80’s , would love an upgrade 😉

  21. Lauren May 10, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

    Just the traditional crockpot to make some nice pulled pork! And some coleslaw to go with it (not made in the crockpot haha)

  22. Rach779 May 10, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

    Crock-Pot® Sear & Slow – CHP700 Would be awesome to have and to cook a yummy Broccoli and Pasta meal that I know my miss five would love to eat ????????????

  23. Jennifer Hale May 10, 2017 at 11:21 pm #

    It would be fantastic to win the Crock-pot Sear & Slow! Venison sharks are amazing slow cooked and I like to sear them first so you get that bit of extra flavor from the browning, better yet with this I won’t have to wash an extra pan or lose any of the yummy crispy bits that stick to the pan!

  24. Tui Amohanga May 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

    I would love a Crock-Pot Traditional, this would be perfect for a small family of 3. I love the taste of Lamb Shanks from the slow cooker but never thought of doing Nacho’s and would love the opportunity to try this recipe 😀

  25. bren May 11, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

    I would live to win the Sear and Slow! It would be perfect to get sorted first thing in morning and meal ready to go in evening when everyone’s hungry & tired. Love my casseroles.

  26. Jenna May 11, 2017 at 8:47 pm #

    I would love to start cooking some healthy slow cooked recipes for my 13 month old and the Sear & Slow looks perfect. The first thing I’d try and make is some yummy beef cheeks!

  27. Sascha May 11, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    A crock pot would be so well used in our house! I’d go for the sear and slow and I’d start with a vege curry and soups all winter ????????????

  28. Mary Beverley May 12, 2017 at 11:09 am #

    I would love the Crock Pot Traditional! A perfect addition to our kitchen hubby (who loves to slow cook!) and I. Lamb shanks are our favorite but we are always keen on mixing it up and trying new recipes (such as this delicious looking Nacho recipe!)

  29. Jacqui Clayton May 12, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

    Those nachos look AMAZING! A Crock-Pot® Sear & Slow – CHP700 would be perfect for at home, any kind of roast or pulled pork even ????

  30. Leanne Le Sueur May 12, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    Sear and slow please

  31. Danni May 12, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

    I’d love the sear and slow just for the versatility and to get the delicious flavour from browned meat and onions but my gosh I’d try sweet and nutty overnight oatmeal – who knew you could do brekky in that thing!!!!!!

  32. Karen May 12, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

    I would love to get my hands on the Crock Pot Traditional! I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect crock pot and this would be a wonderful addition to my kitchen! I’ve got a stack of amazing recipes that I’ve been dying to try like veggie curries and hearty soups especially with winter looming. This would make my tummy very happy indeed!

  33. Dean Masters May 12, 2017 at 9:39 pm #

    Sear and slow would be awesome for our busy family. Just saw Paella on the Crock Pot site, would have to try that if I’m lucky!!!!

  34. kim May 13, 2017 at 9:24 am #

    The crock-pot sear & slow looks amazing. I would make beef casserole served with mashed potatoes. Yum

  35. Sus Chesmar May 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

    I’d be keen on the Crock-Pot® Sear & Slow. I currently have a Russell Hobbs slow cooker, but it can be a real pain having to cook the onions in the frypan first, & brown the meat etc. The Sear & Slow would be so much easier. I’d cook my fave recipe, Alison Holst’s lamb shanks. It’s different than the traditional red wine/garlic recipe, has a bunch of delicious spices.

  36. Evvie May 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    I would love to win the sear and slow! Would be great to make soups and stews during winter, especially for my flat!

  37. Leila May 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    Sear and slow would be amazing!! I use my crock pot all the time but it’s falling apart ! I would love to have a new one . P.s Love your blog! x

  38. Cindy May 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

    The Crock-Pot Sear and Slow would be amazing!!!
    Would definitely try out thesee nachos ????
    Stews for winter
    Lamb shanks
    OMG the list goes on
    Thanks for the opportunity ?

  39. Ange May 17, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

    I’d love to win the original Crockpot CHP200.
    I’d cook first the vegetarian nachos. The recipe looks delicious. I’ll be trying it regardless ???? X

  40. Tracee May 17, 2017 at 9:17 pm #

    Crock-Pot® Sear & Slow, and there are so many things i want to try, one parenting forum had lots of posts about slow cooked porridge, so good for winter, and another said we can roast a chicken in a slow cooker :O it would also be awesome for making beef casseroles for my husbands lunch, he comes in off the farm cold and wet so a nice hot stew waiting for him each day would be awesome

  41. Shirley Wilson May 18, 2017 at 11:36 am #

    Sear and Slow would be great for winter casseroles and lamb shanks.

  42. Krystel May 18, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

    The Sear and Slow would be my choice! Minimal dishes to do and help use all the flavour by Browning in the pan! 🙂
    Probably would do slow cooker beef cheeks… have a bit of it in the freezer to use

  43. Jo Williamson May 18, 2017 at 7:03 pm #

    The sear and slow sounds fantastic! I would like to try the bbq short rib recipe…..yum!

  44. Kristy May 18, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

    Would love the sear and slow – slow cooked pulled pork is a winter fav!

  45. Kelly May 18, 2017 at 10:24 pm #

    The Sear and slow sounds amazing! But my crock pot just broke so I would be happy to win any of them.

  46. Sarah K May 19, 2017 at 5:37 am #

    The Crock Pot Traditionsl looks great for our small family to be and I would use it for everything starting with a casserole dish!

  47. Emily Taylor May 19, 2017 at 7:25 am #

    The sear and slow crockpot would be lovely. I cook a beef and Guinness stew

  48. Lindsay May 19, 2017 at 7:36 am #

    The sear and slow crockpot looks amazing. I would like to try your vegetarian nachos, haven’t made anything like that before in crockpot.

  49. Trudy Bailey May 19, 2017 at 7:47 am #

    The sear and slow crockpot sounds amazing as there is no need to wash up any additional frying pans. Would love to cook the Vegetable Nachos recipe for my good friends and my 3 boys and husbands would love lamb shanks cooked in the crockpot. Fingers crossed!!

  50. Patricia May 19, 2017 at 7:51 am #

    I would LOVE the sear and slow! My crock pot died and I’m going back to full time work in a week after 4 years of being at home with my two boys ????. I would make every meal in it from nachos to savoury mince, apricot chicken, Mac n cheese and everything in between

  51. Vicki May 19, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    The lift and serve model would be perfect for us, I would book the pulled pork for burgers and am in need of a new slow cooker, as the lid of my current one broke ????

  52. Debbie Blincoe May 19, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    Wow amazing! I would love the sear and slow crockpot to cook braised slowd beef checks.

  53. Sarah Walker May 19, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    I’ve had the traditional Crockpot for about 10 years now, the new Sear & Slow would be an amazing update!

  54. Holly Wiseman May 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

    If love the traditional winds it’s perfect for small families. I’ve committed to cooking one crockpot meal each week and I’m really enjoying it! Makes getting meat into my toddler much easier when it’s so tender. However my second hand slow cooker could definitely do with an upgrade!
    I’d make pulled pork and have it in wraps the 1st night and then use it in a pork and apple pie the next night. Yum!!

  55. Holly Wiseman May 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

    Argh apologies for all the auto-correct fails in my 1st comment ????

  56. Christine Beal May 19, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

    The seat and slow would save on dishes. No more dirty fry pan – what a great idea. I’d make some lovely soups and lamb shank recipes. Although if I won I’d probably gift it to my daughter who is studying Nutrition at Otago and can’t wait to cook her own meals next year.

  57. Rebecca Ellis May 19, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

    I would love the sear and slow. It would be such a time and flavour saver to be able to sear my meat and sautée the veggies before setting them to slowly cook away for the day. I would definitely do a braised beef cheek recipe first off!! YUM!! I think slow cookers are amazing and I try and utilise one whenever I’m visiting family who has one. Whoever wins this is one very very blessed person 🙂

  58. Katie Loten May 19, 2017 at 9:04 pm #

    We would love the traditional- a great size for our family plus easy to store! We would love to cook lamb shanks in ours, and also lemon curd (not together though…..)!

  59. Carolyn P May 19, 2017 at 10:15 pm #

    Would love to win the sear and slow cooker. Mine broke last winter (different brand) and I’d love a new one ! I’d cook lamb obsession in it then a lemon cake in it for dessert. Yummo.

  60. Jenni May 19, 2017 at 10:22 pm #

    Traditional would be great. I’d love to cook a beautiful slow dessert. Be interesting to do a chocolate self saucing pudding 🙂 and mum would love some rice pud

  61. Friday sumardjo May 19, 2017 at 11:07 pm #

    The Sear and slow please. I have heard so much about crock pot and slow cooking method.. Perhaps this is the answer to better dinner as we can prepare it in the morning before we leave for work and have great meals ready when we come home at night.

  62. Julie D May 19, 2017 at 11:16 pm #

    Would love the lift and serve. The hinged lid would be great, especially as hubby always likes to ‘test’ the food and the bench becomes filthy before dinner!!
    Would love to cook up some yummy lamb shanks ????

  63. Natalie Martinez May 19, 2017 at 11:40 pm #

    I would love the Crockpot Sear and Slow. I’d use it to make Mexican chicken tacos, or Creamy Italian Chicken, family favourites that would benefit from the ability to sear the meat in the same pot on the cooktop beforehand. The features of this crockpot sound amazing!

  64. Cheryl May 20, 2017 at 6:35 am #

    Crock-Pot® Sear & Slow – CHP700
    This one would be great for our family, esp having a timer

  65. Nichole Riddell May 20, 2017 at 7:32 am #

    The sear and slow crock pot looks amazing! My favourite in the slow cooker is devilled sausages! So easy.

  66. Nadene May 20, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    The sear and slow would be awesome and first thing I’d cook would be lamb shanks with a rich hearty sauce ????

  67. Kelsey May 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

    I would love a crockpot traditional because I don’t have a big family 🙂 I think I’d have a crack at cooking the Beef Bourguignon because it’s SO cold in Wellington right now and I’m dreaming of warm hearty dinners that make my whole house smell delicious.

  68. Jo Bond May 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

    I want the
    Crock-Pot® Lift & Serve – CHP450

  69. Jo Bond May 20, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

    Crock-Pot® Lift & Serve – CHP450 – I would make lentil stew in i!

  70. debbie s May 21, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

    Crock-Pot® Sear & Slow – CHP700 looks amazing to me and I’d cook my grandmothers recipe of chicken leek and creamed corn soup. 🙂

  71. Rowyn May 23, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    I’d love to make the vegetarian nachos in the traditional crock pot. They look so tasty!

  72. Marian May 24, 2017 at 2:05 am #

    Ooh, yes please! The crock pot sear and slow looks amazing – we love to cook for a crowd and the slow cooker is perfect for this, so we need a big capacity. Flexible timer is also a great feature. Love that the pot transfers from hob to cooker too.

  73. Christine C May 24, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

    I would love the Crock-Pot® Sear & Slow.
    The first thing i would cook in it would be lamb shanks????

  74. Ange Beaumont May 29, 2017 at 10:44 pm #

    Oh gosh I would absolutely love to have the Crock-Pot® Sear & Slow – CHP700 in my life!! I would be able to cook so many amazing meals for my family, including apricot chicken – a family fave 🙂

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