[Healthier] Homemade Nachos

Nachos Ingredients

While nachos are definitely not the healthiest food on the planet, they don’t have to be a gut bomb either. Just make them at home, choose high quality ingredients and add some veggies. Here’s what I did the other night when nachos sounded delicious but I wasn’t about to order a big plate of overly greasy restaurant nachos that would leave me feeling sick. Instead I gathered up of my favorite veggies, grated some high-quality cheese, and got the grass-fed beef cooking. It turned out to be a very simple and not-too-bad-for-you meal. That’s a win-win in my book!

Nachos Ingredients

[Healthier] Homemade Nachos

servings: about 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 bell peppers, sliced thinly [any color]
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced or diced [whichever you prefer]
  • 1 pound organic, grass-fed ground beef
  • 1-2 Tbsp seasoning for beef [about 1 tsp sea salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, ½ tsp coriander, optional dash of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for some added heat]
  • small bag of organic corn tortilla chips [or try plantain chips for an even healthier version]
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese [organic is best if you can find it; I used Tillamook® brand this time]
  • 3-4 green onions, diced
  • handful cilantro, de-stemmed + roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • favorite fresh salsa for dipping

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add grass fed beef to a skillet on medium heat. Add seasoning and brown beef until cooked through and there is no longer any pink. Meanwhile, in a separate large skillet on medium heat add olive oil or coconut oil. Once melted add yellow onion, bell peppers and a pinch of sea salt. Cook for 3-5 minutes until slightly tender. Add spinach and cook for additional 5 minutes until spinach has wilted. To assemble nachos add a layer of corn or plantain chips [or mixture] to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Top with a little cheese, jalapeño, 1/3 of the beef mixture and 1/3 of the veggie mixture. Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used up. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cheese is bubbly and melted. Once out of oven top with sliced avocado, green onion and cilantro [or a mixture of your favorites]. Dip nachos in your favorite fresh salsa. Enjoy!

Nachos

[Healthier] Homemade Nachos
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 bell peppers, sliced thinly [any color]
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced or diced [whichever you prefer]
  • 1 pound organic, grass-fed ground beef
  • 1-2 Tbsp seasoning for beef [about 1 tsp sea salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, ½ tsp coriander, optional dash of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for some added heat]
  • small bag of organic corn tortilla chips [or try plantain chips for an even healthier version]
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese [organic is best if you can find it; I used Tillamook® brand this time]
  • 3-4 green onions, diced
  • handful cilantro, de-stemmed + roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • favorite fresh salsa for dipping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add grass fed beef to a skillet on medium heat.
  3. Add seasoning and brown beef until cooked through and there is no longer any pink.
  4. Meanwhile, in a separate large skillet on medium heat add olive oil or coconut oil.
  5. Once melted add yellow onion, bell peppers and a pinch of sea salt.
  6. Cook for 3-5 minutes until slightly tender.
  7. Add spinach and cook for additional 5 minutes until spinach has wilted.
  8. To assemble nachos add a layer of corn or plantain chips [or mixture] to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Top with a little cheese, jalapeño, ⅓ of the beef mixture and ⅓ of the veggie mixture.
  9. Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used up.
  10. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cheese is bubbly and melted.
  11. Once out of oven top with sliced avocado, green onion and cilantro [or a mixture of your favorites].
  12. Dip nachos in your favorite fresh salsa. Enjoy!

 

What do you think about this recipe? Is it something you’d be willing to try? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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