Spicy Nacho Kale Chips

Spicy Nacho Kale Chips // @veggiebeastblog

Hi hello! Happy week after Christmas. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday if you celebrated, or at least some time off of work to spend with your favorite people. I had a lovely relaxing week of family, friends, and cookies. So. many. cookies.

The day after Christmas, I went to the co-op and checked out with an embarrassing amount of vegetables. I was craving greens like whoa, while still craving peanut butter blossoms. confusing.

Spicy Nacho Kale Chips // @veggiebeastblog

I made several greens-focused recipes over the past few days, and thought I’d start out the week after Cookiemas with some healthy (yet-ridiculously addictive) kale chips. Fitting, since I’ve been alllll about chips lately.

Spicy Nacho Kale Chips // @veggiebeastblog

If you haven’t had kale chips, they are a perfect healthier option for salty, crunchy cravings. I’ve been making them for a couple years now, and cannot keep myself from eating the entire batch (as long as Ryan isn’t home to steal some). For this reason, the recipe today is a single serving (a HUGE single serving), because let’s be honest – no one is going to stop at half the batch. If you do, you’re stronger than I am.

Since kale chips are easy to make at home, I rarely buy the overpriced pre-packaged variety. Until, of course, I saw “Zesty Nacho” kale chips at Trader Joe’s. Intrigued, I bought them, opened them in the car, and proceeded to eat the entire bag. They were cheesy, crunchy, and tastier than I ever expected.

Spicy Nacho Kale Chips // @veggiebeastblog

After looking at the ingredients on that package, I decided I had to make my own version at home. It seems as through Trader Joe’s uses blended sunflower seeds to create a sort of cheese sauce, but I kept things a little easier by using nutritional yeast, salt, and tons of spices: onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and turmeric (for a little extra nacho color).

The result is a POW nacho flavor, and oh-so-very healthy. Like, obscenely healthy. As in, 200 calories, 10g fiber, 15g protein, and so many nutrients I won’t even bother to list them here.

Spicy Nacho Kale Chips // @veggiebeastblog

We like heat in this house, so I used a hefty dash of cayenne. If you’re not into spicy, use half or just leave it out. I made them without the cayenne before, and they’re still perfectly nacho-y and flavorful.

Spicy Nacho Kale Chips // @veggiebeastblog

I still love my potato chips, of course, but it is great to have a healthy, easy-to-make alternative for at-home chip cravings. Let me know if you try these!

Spicy Nacho Kale Chips

Crispy, cheesy, and super healthy kale chips! Full of protein, fiber, nutrients and nacho flavor.

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • ½ bunch curly green kale (~5 large leaves)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne


  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Slice each leaf along the stem, and then cut into 2-inch pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry. Pour on the olive oil, and use your hands to massage the olive oil into each leaf.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl, then pour over the kale, and use your hands to mix the spices among all of the leaves.
  4. Spread the kale in a single layer on a large parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, turn the cookie sheet, and bake for another 12-14 minutes. Let sit on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes before enjoying.

Kale chip technique from Oh She Glows.

Nutrition Information: Serving Size: Full recipe, Calories: 205, Fat: 10.4g, Saturated Fat: 1.4g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 541mg, Potassium: 1166mg, Carbs: 19.2g, Fiber: 10.2g, Sugars: 2.2g, Protein: 15.5g


22 Responses to “Spicy Nacho Kale Chips”

  1. Caroline — December 29, 2014 @ 5:05 pm (#)

    Love the new blog design!! I’m excited to try this new kale chip recipe; unfortunately all kale chips I’ve tried have fallen flat in the flavor department.  Your recipe looks promising, and I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the wonderful recipes. 

    • Katie — December 29, 2014 @ 6:19 pm (#)

      Thank you so much! I hope you like these!

  2. Anna — December 29, 2014 @ 10:28 pm (#)

    This design is amazing! Happy New Year, new look!

  3. Anna — December 30, 2014 @ 8:09 pm (#)

    New design looks so great!!

  4. Heather @ Simple Fresh Natural — December 31, 2014 @ 2:08 pm (#)

    I had the same exact thought as you after Christmas… after stuffing myself with cookies I needed something healthy and I went to the store and loaded my whole cart with produce.  Then I made a batch of kale chips.  I just did olive oil, salt and pepper, and some parmesan cheese.  These sound SO addicting and delicious.  Can’t wait to try them out!

  5. Thalia @ butter and brioche — December 31, 2014 @ 5:11 pm (#)

    I have kale in the fridge so I definitely need to make this recipe.. never made kale chips before. Your new blog design looks awesome too!

  6. maddy — January 1, 2015 @ 7:14 pm (#)

    where is the protein coming from? 15 whole grams?

    • Katie — January 2, 2015 @ 7:42 am (#)

      Primarily from the nutritional yeast – 2 tablespoons has 9g of protein!

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  8. Theresa — January 17, 2015 @ 5:39 pm (#)


      This recipe sounds yummy, but I can’t have yeast as I am on the candida diet. Is the nutritional yeast a must, or can I leave it out?

    Thank you in advance



    • Katie — January 17, 2015 @ 5:48 pm (#)

      Unfortunately the nutritional yeast is crucial to the cheesy flavor, but you could try them without it and just have spiced kale chips. Let me know how it goes!

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  10. Patrice — September 7, 2015 @ 11:48 am (#)

    Thank youuuu!!!

    This recipe is amazing. I just discovered kale chips and I figured they would be impossible to make. You have proven me wrong, and they’re just as good as the ones from Trader Joe’s. Great job!

    • Katie — September 7, 2015 @ 4:49 pm (#)

      Awesome! Thank you for the comment!

  11. Gina Marie — January 10, 2016 @ 6:59 pm (#)

    These look great!  I linked them to my post on Kale recipe ideas. 

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