Love nachos but still love your veggies? These healthy nachos are the perfect balance!
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It's the new year, and that means that everyone is trying to snack more. Wait…that's not it. Everyone's trying to eat healthier now that we're in the new year and the holidays are over. It's the snacking that has to stop, right?
Not if you're snacking on these Healthy Nachos! ;)
You may be one of those people who is in the midst of creating healthier eating habits now that 2018 is here. I don't happen to be this year – at least that wasn't part of my own resolution – but I do try to eat healthy as often as possible. The only struggle I have with that is that I love to snack. And snacking, as you know, is inherently unhealthy.
Which is part of the reason I'm so excited to bring you my version of nachos! Healthy Nachos…it's possible!
First, I took out most of the ingredients considered to be unhealthy or high calorie, cheese and sour cream being the biggest offenders. I kept a small amount of cheese (about an eighth of what I normally put on my nachos) and ditched the sour cream altogether.
I did keep the ground beef in these healthy nachos, however. But I used a high-quality, organic, grass-fed beef to maximize flavor to make it all worth it! I use O Organics® products available exclusively at my local Safeway and their beef is AMAZING. Just look at that color!
Even though I keep in the beef, I balance that out by adding loads of vegetables. Fresh corn off the cob, chopped poblano peppers, chopped red bells and thinly sliced serrano peppers. Fresh tomatoes! Black beans! Chopped cilantro, too. And then I pile on O Organics Salsa – it's my favorite. I usually purchase the O Organics Salsa that's in the produce section at my Safeway but I'll occasionally pick up the jarred version so I always have some on hand.
Adding so many vegetables to my healthy nachos is that makes them both scrumptious and, well…healthy! I really pile them on and I like these healthy nachos better than the ones loaded up with cheese.
You'll need tortilla chips, too, and O Organics has both blue corn chips with flax seeds and white corn (at least that's what they keep at my store; yours may be different). I like to buy them both and serve them in a big bowl separate from the healthy nacho “topping.”
I love that the produce at my local Safeway is incredibly fresh. That's important to me, especially with a recipe like these healthy nachos which relies on the quality of the fresh ingredients. The O Organics line has products ranging from dairy to produce to grains and nearly everything in between! And they're affordable (really)!
If you don't live near a Safeway, not to worry! Although that's where I purchase all of my O Organics products, they're also available at all Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Express, United and Carrs/Safeway.
- 1 lb O Organics ground beef
- 1 15 oz container O Organics mild salsa
- 1/4 cup shredded mexican-blend cheese
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 poblano pepper, chopped
- 2 ears fresh corn, kernels removed
- 1 serrano pepper, sliced
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 avocado, sliced or chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 bag O Organics tortilla chips
- Cook beef in a medium cast iron pan until no pink remains. Drain off any fat. Stir in 3/4 cup salsa. Season with salt to taste.
- Top with remaining ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips for scooping. (Alternatively, you can place tortilla chips on a platter and top with the other ingredients.)