You never thought you would see “Healthy Chili Cheese Nachos” as a thing, did you?
But that’s what these are.
Sure, the dairy and tortilla chips aren’t exactly whole foods, but here’s the thing: This nacho platter is LOADED with veggies.
And you won’t even be able to tell.
Want to know how I get my husband to get his vitamins and minerals? It’s this dinner right here, once a week.
And he LOVES it.
Seriously, he gets so excited when I tell him I am making this, he will get up and help me.
He knows I spruced it up to make it healthier, but doesn’t realize that pretty much every ingredient is nutrient rich.
When I say these are healthy chili cheese nachos, I am not talking about low carb. Low carb does not mean healthy.
My version of healthy is making sure I don’t eat empty calories.
Because empty calories don’t fill you up, they make you fat, and can suppress your body working correctly.
When I say something is healthy, I mean the ingredients will actually help your body, and not work against it.
I wanted to create something that allowed me to get some vitamins and minerals in my husband, and him actually eat it.
Which is a huge challenge.
So in this recipe, I used a variety of fresh peppers, made my own homemade queso, fresh tomatoes, extra lean ground turkey (so we don’t have to worry about a ton of saturated and trans fats), and multi-grain tortilla chips.
The tortilla chips have added grains like chia seeds and flaxseeds, which boost omega 3 levels and help with blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Sure it is in a chip, but it’s nice to add it in. Plus, the brand I used is low in sodium, which is a great bonus.
Vitamins and Minerals
So since I am super excited about this meal not being just empty calories, I wanted to let you know this meal has EVERY SINGLE vitamin and mineral in it.
It is especially high in Vitamin A (85% DV) and Vitamin C (207% DV).
This means it is loaded with antioxidants, which will help your body in the fight against damaged cells. Damaged cells causes most of our issues, so we want to fight those as much as possible.
And if you want to make this even healthier, or vegan style, you can do the following:
- Substitute the homemade queso for cashew queso
- Use more cut up bell peppers instead of tortilla chips
- Replace ground turkey with cooked lentils (gives it a refried bean flavor)
I tried it this way and it was also really good.
The only reason I didn’t post it like that is because I know a lot of people are like my husband in that they just want the healthiest option that still feels like junk food.
Please note that nutrient information I give in this article is based on the exact brands I used. If you use your own cheese, buy regular tortilla chips, or use canned, instead of fresh produce, the nutrition information is significantly different.
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Additional Saucepans (if making the homemade cheese)
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This healthy chili cheese nacho recipe is great for dinner or as an appetizer for a party or game day. Loaded with nutrient rich ingredients, while having an amazing taste, this recipe will be everyone’s favorite!
- Dice all peppers, onions and tomato.
- In large skillet, on medium heat, cook garlic, peppers, onion, and turkey until turkey turns white (brown if using anything other than extra lean ground turkey)
- Combine with seasonings, tomatoes, and tomato sauce
- Bring to a boil, stirring consistently.
- Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer (about 2) and cover for 15 minutes.
- While simmering, make the cheese sauce.
- Once chili is done, grab some plates and layer tortilla chips, chili, and cheese sauce.
- Top with your other favorite toppings, like black olives, sour cream, more tomatoes, avocados, etc.
You can use substitutions for the turkey and cheese, but please note nutritional content will be drastically different. If you use beef or regular ground turkey, you will need to drain the grease before putting in the tomatoes and tomato sauce.
Please see article above recipe for how to make a vegan version.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stove top
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/5
- Calories: 523
- Sugar: 7g
- Sodium: 614mg
- Fat: 30g
- Saturated Fat: 16g
- Unsaturated Fat: 2g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 22g
- Fiber: 5g
- Protein: 43g
- Cholesterol: 133mg
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