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Healthy Nachos

Healthy nachos made with ground beef or turkey, loads of veggies and mixed with your favorite salsa.

Healthy nachos in a cast iron skillet.

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?

I don’t know about you, but I’m a comfort-food, snacking lover. I want all the food and I want to enjoy it on my terms. I’m often low-carb or Keto (which is a surprisingly wonderful way to eat for someone like me), and treats like Keto fried chicken or chocolate chip cookies definitely help my food sanity. Also, healthy nachos!

You may be one of those people who are in the midst of creating healthier eating habits now that 2020 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. But, as I mentioned, I’m a snacker. 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!

Healthy nachos in a cast iron skillet.

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, but you can use ground turkey or chicken, too.

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 some fresh salsa, either homemade or from a jar (usually the Herdez brand but there are many good ones available).

Adding so many vegetables to my healthy nachos is what makes them both scrumptious and comfort food I don’t feel bad about indulging in. I really pile them on and I actually like these healthy nachos better than the ones loaded up with cheese.

I serve this with tortilla chips, but pita chips are also good. Healthy nachos can also be served over rice, or use cauliflower rice for low-carb.

Healthy nachos in a cast iron skillet.

Healthy Nachos

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Love nachos but still want to eat your heart-healthy veggies? Here's a perfect balance! To reduce the carbs even further, omit the black beans and fresh corn.


  • 1 lb ground beef, chicken or turkey
  • 1 15 oz jar of your favorite 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
  • Tortilla chips (see recommended products below for some healthier yet still tasty alternatives)


  1. Cook the ground beef, turkey or chicken in a medium cast iron pan until no pink remains. Drain off any fat. Stir in 3/4 cup of the salsa. Season with salt to taste.
  2. Top with the remaining ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips for scooping. (Alternatively, you can place tortilla chips on a platter and top with the other ingredients.)


This is also delicious over regular or cauliflower rice. Add more cheese or top with sour cream, it just won't be quite as healthy or low-carb/low-fat.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 349Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 672mgCarbohydrates: 21gNet Carbohydrates: 14gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 28g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

Look at all the tastiness in there!

Jennifer Blake

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

What a great healthy alternative to cheesy nachos. My family definitely loves cheese but this just sounds so fresh!

Gerry speirs

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

I do love some nachos!!

Jennifer Farley

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

These have so much flavor and are SO satisfying!