Spicy Tofu Breakfast Nachos

For tofu mixture:
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion (from 1/2 small onion)
3/4 cup small red or green pepper, finely chopped (from 1 small pepper)
8 ounces firm or extra-firm tofu
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
Few grinds fresh black pepper
3/4 cup black or pinto beans

For nachos:
3 to 4 cups tortilla chips
1 cup (about 4 ounces) grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
3 tablespoons chopped green onions (2 to 3), for serving

To serve (optional):
2 to 4 sunny side-up eggs
Sliced avocado
Sour cream
Salsa

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Remove the tofu from its package and place on a plate lined with paper towels (or a dry, clean dish towel). Top with another layer of paper towels and a large plate. Place can of beans (or other can from your pantry) on top of the plate – this applies pressure to the tofu and helps it release excess moisture. Let sit for at least 5 minutes, and up to 30 minutes.

Place tofu in a medium bowl and, using a fork, mash into a crumbly texture.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and pepper and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Fold in the mashed tofu, salt, chili powder, garlic powder, red chili flakes, cumin, nutritional yeast, and black pepper. Stir well and cook until the mixture is warmed through, about 2 minutes. Fold in the black beans. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

To assemble: Lay a layer of tortilla chips down in a large cast iron skillet (alternatively, a half baking sheet will work just fine). Spoon a generous layer of tofu mixture and a handful of grated cheese over chips. Top with additional layer of chips, tofu mixture, and cheese. Place in the oven and bake until nachos are completely warmed through, 6 to 8 minutes.

Meanwhile fry your eggs in a good, nonstick pan.

Pull nachos out of oven, top with chopped green onions and sliced avocado, sour cream, and salsa. Lay soft fried eggs on top and serve immediately.

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