I created this recipe a few weeks ago, but I was saving it until I was fully migrated to my very own, self-hosted site! My re-design is still very much in progress, but since my site is up and running, I thought I could share this recipe with all of you. This recipe was literally inspired by a late night craving for nachos. The hubby and I had gone to see Jerry Seinfeld’s standup routine (which was hilarious btw) and hadn’t eaten dinner before the show – so we were totally starving when we left. I suggested nachos since I figured I could make them really quickly when we got home – with a few fun swaps to make them guilt-free. They ended up tasting great – better than the “original” that you’d normally get at bars or diners.
Here are some of my easy swaps that make these nachos amazing, nutritious, and totally guilt free – along with a picture of the ingredients I used…
The key swaps here are:
- Use organic, real corn tortilla chips – the chips I bought had only 140 calories for 14 HUGE chips, and only 3 ingredients (corn, oil, salt)
- Add veggies! I chose red onions and cherry tomatoes
- Substitute fat free sour cream for the original – it has only 35 calories for 2 Tbsp and none of the fat from regular sour cream. This is a great swap and you really can’t tell the difference between this and the original
- Go easy on the cheese – I used about 1/4 cup per serving of nachos. I’m pretty sure these nachos were 2 servings – so I probably used about 1/2 cup max.
- Buy vegetarian refried beans with only ingredients you can pronounce. This way the beans are healthier and not cooked in lard like the traditional refried beans you can get. Season them with taco seasoning and they taste great!
Step 1: Heat the beans over medium-low heat, and stir in the taco seasoning. Assemble the chips, diced red onions, beans and cheese on a baking sheet covered with foil (helps with cleanup)
Step 2: Bake the nachos in an oven at 350 degrees, for about 5-10 min max (until the cheese is melted and bubbling). While the nachos are baking, chop the cherry tomatoes.
Step 3: Pull the nachos out of the oven, and let cool slightly.
Step 4: Top with sour cream (use 2 Tbsp per serving of nachos) and the diced tomatoes. Enjoy!
The great thing about these nachos, is that 1 serving (14 chips with toppings) ends up being about ~350-400 calories depending on how much beans, cheese and sour cream you use. It’s super filling and has tons of fiber and protein. Not bad for a late night dish!