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Nacho Fries

Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time:

30 Minutes


2 Servings

About the Recipe

I took inspiration for this dish from my travels in North America. Though Taco Bell may not be the home of gut-healthy food, this dish draws from the want of Mexican flavours and the guilty pleasure of fries and cheese!

- Sunni Patel, PhD

The combination of celeriac, potatoes,  refried beansand romaine lettuce provide a rich source of prebiotic fibre.

The addition of avocado and oat crème fraiche provide sources of good fats and potassium,


  • 300g celeriac (peeled)

  • 300g red skin potatoes

  • Olive oil

  • Onion powder

  • Garlic powder

  • Paprika

  • 250g dried refried/pinto beans (or can of refried beans)

  • 300ml water 

  • Turmeric powder

  • Cumin powder

  • Asafoetida

  • Coriander powder

  • Black pepper

  • 50g vegan cheddar cheese

  • 150ml oat milk

  • 2 ripe avocados

  • 1 small tomato (diced)

  • 2 small red onion (diced)

  • 1 red chilli (finely diced)

  • ½ lime 

  • ½  head romaine lettuce (thinly sliced)

  • 2 tbsp crème fraiche


Step 1

Slice the celeriac and potatoes in to fries, and toss lightly in 2 tbsp olive oil, 1tsp onion powder, 1tsp garlic powder and 1tsp paprika. Using an air fryer (200°C for 20 minutes), or an oven (200°C for 40 minutes) cook until crispy (toss every 10 minutes).

Step 2

Whilst the fries are cooking, soak the dried refried beans in boiling hot water in a pan for 5 minutes (if using a can of premade beans loosen with roughly 100-150ml water) to give dropping consistency.

Step 3

To that pan add ½ tsp of each turmeric, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin powder, asafoetida, coriander powder and black pepper and heat through.

Step 4

For the cheese sauce, make a roux by heating 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp flour in a pan and cooking the flour off until slightly browned. To the roux, slowly add the oat milk and whisk until thickened. Whisk through the cheese and add a pinch of pepper.

Step 5

Make the guacamole by mashing together the avocados, tomato, onion, paprika, 1 chilli, black pepper and lime juice.

Step 6

Serve the dish by topping the fries with the beans, cheese sauce, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, 1 chilli and crème fraiche.

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