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vegan mozza stick nachos

These ain't your average nachos! Get ready for the most cheesy, gooey "nacho" platter of your life.

Course Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, mozzarella sticks, nachos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 24 mini mozza sticks (4 to 6 servings)
Author Lauren Toyota


mozza sticks

  • 2 x pkgs Daiya mozzarella style deluxe cheese sticks (6 per pkg)
  • 3 C vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • 1/4 C gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 1 tbsp white distilled vinegar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 C gluten-free panko-style breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 C finely ground white corn chips
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • 1/2 C vegan cheddar shreds
  • 1/4 C finely diced red pepper
  • 1/4 C diced black olives
  • 1/4 C thawed frozen corn kernels
  • 1/4 C canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 to 3 tbsp pickled jalapeño or sliced fresh jalapeño
  • 2 tbsp finely diced white onion
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped green onion
  • red salsa, as garnish


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or dutch oven to 350°F to 360°F.

  2. Cut the vegan mozzarella sticks in half.

  3. Prepare your dredging stations. In one bowl, add gluten-free all purpose flour. In a second bowl, add nondairy milk, white vinegar and cornstarch. In the third bowl, add the gluten-free breadcrumbs, the ground white corn chips, chili powder, cumin and sea salt.

  4. Designate one dry hand and the other your wet hand so it doesn’t get too messy while you dredge. Add the first batch of small sticks to the gluten-free flour and coat evenly. Then add the mozza sticks to the nondairy milk mixture to coat evenly. Let the excess liquid drip off before adding to the breadcrumb chip mixture to coat evenly.

  5. Preheat your oven to broil.

  6. Work in batches to fry 4 vegan mozza sticks at a time for 1 to 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon or a spider to drain the fried sticks onto a paper towel.

  7. When you’re done frying the mozza sticks, place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Top with cheddar shreds, red pepper, black olives, corn, black beans, jalapeño and white onion. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes until the cheese is melted and toppings are roasted and then garnish with salsa and green onion for serving.