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Chili Nacho Cups


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Chili Nacho Cups

These chili nacho cups are a great appetizer for the holidays. Don’t worry, you can still use cheese with these nachos! Just go dairy free. My favorite is Daiya Pepperjack Non-Dairy Cheese because it melts like regular cheese and has a great kick of spice. You can also change it up and use fake-meat with real cheese.


  • Prep Time : 5 min
  • Cook Time : 30 min
  • Ready Time : 35 min




  • 1 bag tortilla chip cups
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy cheese shredded
  • 2-3 jalapeno peppers sliced


1. To make chili, heat a large pot over medium-high heat and add the ground meat. Begin browning the meat and add paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine.

2. When the meat is cooked through, add the crushed tomatoes and stir. Lower the stove to medium-low heat and simmer the chili for 3o minutes.

3. While the meat is cooking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

4. Add the chili to the tortilla chip cups and top with dairy free cheese. Place in the oven for 8-10 minutes to melt the cheese.

5. Top with a slice of jalapeno.


About Melinda Strauss


Melinda Strauss is the Director of Special Events for the Kosher Media Network. Melinda is a self-taught cook, food blogger, and mother of two young children from Woodmere, New York. She loves to be adventurous and daring in the kitchen and hopes to inspire her readers by adding fresh twists to simple recipes and bravely using unusual ingredients in an accessible way. You can visit Melinda on her blog Kitchen-Tested to see illustrated, step-by-step recipes and stories.




4 Responses to Chili Nacho Cups

  1. kidney beans are an excellent alternative to meat

  2. avatar says: elana

    I am strictly kosher. I am raising my child to be the same. I do not believe in mixing meat and cheese – even when one of those ingredients is the fake, pareve kind. I do not want to introduce my child to that “taste sensation”. We have Mexican and Spanish meals frequently; however I make them one or the other, meat or dairy without the fake substitutes.

    • I totally get that! You do what is best for you and your family. I think these nacho cups are also amazing without the fake cheese.

  3. avatar says: LeslieH

    I would make vegetarian chili and fill the chips with that!

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