Are you craving nachos? Stay away from the nachos featured on the menu at your favorite lunch-time restaurant, and head on home to your kitchen, instead. A platter of restaurant nachos could have as many as 2,000 calories; a sure-fire way to detour of your diet. Make your own nachos, and you can enjoy the flavors you love without sabotaging your healthy eating habits.
Some of the healthiest nacho recipes available on the web today are coming from the Paleo and Vegan communities. Most of them are gluten-free and grain-free. Sure, you may find a few tortilla chips on this list, but you will also dive into a whole new world of sweet potato chips and plantain chips, too.
If you think the cheese makes the nacho, you are mistaken. Most of these healthy nacho recipes are dairy-free and don’t include cheese, but that doesn’t make them any less tasty.
The Paleo diet and Vegan diet often have many things in common, and a new diet has recently popped up the combines the best of both. This new “Pegan” diet is a modified version of Paleo and Vegan, and features the best health benefits of both. Whether you are Paleo, Vegan, Pegan, or simply looking for a healthier version of your favorite; there is sure to be a recipe on this list that will satisfy your nacho craving.
1. Loaded Paleo Nachos
Paleo Nachos from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen on sweet potato chips feature a spicy chipotle chicken, guacamole, homemade salsa, and recommendations for optional toppings. Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, Paleo.
2. Addictive And Healthy Paleo Nachos
These Paleo Nachos from Paleo Grubs are piled high with ground beef and tomatoes, and smothered in guacamole. Sweet potato chips get the all-star treatment with these healthy nachos that taste like a cheat-day meal. The secret to getting these on the table fast? Cook the sweet potato chips in the oven while you brown the beef on the stovetop.
3. Loaded Mexican Nachos
Loaded Mexican Nachos “Paleo-style” from Primally Inspired uses bell peppers in place of traditional corn chips. That means you get plenty of beneficial vitamin C in every bite of these healthy nachos. Piled high with chicken and veggies, this recipe even calls for a bit of cheese if you eat dairy.
4. Buffalo Chicken Nachos
A fusion of two of the tastiest foods to ever appear on an appetizer menu; buffalo chicken and nachos finally come together into one super-snack. The best part about this combination? The Buffalo Chicken Nachos from Living Loving Paleo are, you guessed it, dairy-free and totally Paleo. Spicy Buffalo chicken and a creamy avocado salsa top crunchy sweet potato chips.
5. Plantain Chip Nachos
If sweet potatoes aren’t your thing, then try the Plantain Chip Nachos from Against All Grain. These grain-free, primal nachos are topped with a bit of cheese, shredded crockpot chicken, sliced black olives, fresh avocado, and salsa. If you are in a rush, this recipe calls for ready-made plantain chips.
6. Plantain Nachos
This twist on a Plantain Nacho from The Clothes Make the Girl is perfect when you want to make your own Plantain chips, then pile them high with ground beef, spicy jalapenos, and creamy avocado.
7. The Ultimate Fully Loaded Vegan Nachos
The ultimate fully-loaded vegan nachos from Serious Eats live up to their name with chili, black beans, roasted tomato salsa, refried beans, tomatoes, olives, onions, jalapeños, radishes, guacamole, and a gooey vegan nacho sauce.
8. Southwest Veggie Nachos
A true south-of-the-border flavor, these Southwest Veggie Nachos from Epicurious are sure to please vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. If you want a healthy nacho with the traditional flavors of tortilla chips, cheese, and black beans, this low cal recipe is for you.
9. Vegan Nachos With Cashew Cheese
Cashew cheese is sure to please Paleo, Vegan, and Pegan (Paleo-vegan) eaters alike. These Vegan Nachos from One Ingredient Chef start with a creamy, dairy-free cashew cheese that is flavored with smoked paprika, then drizzled over home baked tortilla chips.
10. BBQ Chicken And Cheese Nachos
These light, low-calorie nachos from Cooking Light let you indulge in all of your favorite flavors: cheese, barbeque sauce, rotisserie chicken, and even coleslaw. These healthy chicken nachos satisfy your cravings for only 325 calories.
Adopting a healthy way of eating doesn’t mean you can never have your old-favorite foods again. It means getting creative and rethinking them to fit your new way of healthy eating. That might mean adding more protein, more veggies, and plenty of healthy fats to your meal. Maybe it means ditching dairy, grains, or gluten. Whatever foods you choose to embrace on your healthy lifestyle can be just as satisfying as the unhealthy ones you used to eat. That means you can have your healthy nachos, and eat them, too.