Healthy Loaded Nachos

Fully loaded nachos made healthier ~ double layer of chips covered in beef, beans, peppers, onions, cheese, avocado, tomatoes & jalapeños

Healthy Loaded Nachos from Living Well Kitchen

Healthier loaded nachos?


Oh my gosh, yes!

Double layers of tortilla chips are topped with a seasoned ground beef, bean, onion, and bell pepper mixture, smothered in cheese, and sprinkled with fresh tomatoes, avocados, green onion, and a few jalapeños.

You can make these without beef if you want, too. Use ground turkey breast {read here for more info on ground turkey}, shredded chicken, or make them vegetarian by omitting the meat all together and adding an additional cup of beans.

Healthy Loaded Nachos from Living Well Kitchen

The recipe serves 4-8. These would be a really fun dinner for your family or make them to serve a group of 8 as an appetizer.

Oh and tortilla chips differ in size, so they’re serving size differs as well. I like the triangle shaped chips but it’s up to your own personal preference. I typically use about half {more or less} of an 11 oz. bag. Nutrition facts are based off using 6 ounces of chips.

Healthy Loaded Nachos from Living Well Kitchen

There isn’t much else for me to talk about other than the fact that they’re down right delicious.

I feel a little bad because I don’t have the words to describe them, seeing as I look like a 4 year old and am covered in cheesy nacho love, but I honestly don’t feel bad because I’m sharing a recipe with you for healthy nachos.

I doubt you’re mad…

Healthy Loaded Nachos from Living Well Kitchen

and you’re welcome :)

Now get thee to the store and make these this weekend.

Healthier Loaded Nachos
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: Serves 8
  • Serving size: ⅛ recipe
  • Calories: 241
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated fat: 3.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.7g
  • Fiber: 3.8g
  • Protein: 15g
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Fully loaded nachos made healthier ~ double layer of chips covered in beef, beans, peppers, onions, cheese, avocado, tomatoes & jalapeños
  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 2 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup beans {any kind; I used red kidney beans}
  • for the nachos:
  • 6 oz. tortilla chips {check serving size for amount}
  • 1-1/4 cup (5 oz.) shredded reduced-fat cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, cored, seeded, & diced
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • jalapenos, if desired
  • salsa
  1. Add ground beef, onions, and bell peppers to a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until ground beef is done. Drain if needed.
  2. Add chili powder, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and beans to skillet. Stir well, and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Arrange half of chips on 2 large or 4 small plates. Sprinkle with ⅓ of the cheese. Top with half of the ground beef mixture. Sprinkle with ⅓ of the cheese. Top with remaining chips. Top with the remaining ground beef mixture, and then sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Microwave for 45-60 seconds until cheese is melted.
  5. Top with desired toppings. Enjoy!



  1. There’s nothing healthy about this!!! The differences in lean ground beef and higher fat is minimal because of improper labeling regulations. Better yet, substitute that beef for something that’s actually healthy!

    Dump the grated cheese too, since all commercial grated cheese contains cellulose. And NEVER, EVER buy reduced fat.

    There’s no such thing as a health tortilla chip.

    • Thanks for your comment. We are all entitled to have our own opinions about health. By the way, I never recommend pre-shredded cheese. I always grate my own :)

  2. This looks great! It’s much healthier than the nachos I eat, and I wil try it! Good job!

  3. I made these nachos 3 weeks ago for a movie night with some family members. They were delicious! In the past my nacho making consisted of chips and some cheese microwaved together, which led to a dry/burned cheese on chip experience. I got a bunch of compliments on this recipe and am having them back tonight for more! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    • Oh my gosh you just made my day!! Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment.
      I am SO happy you enjoyed them; aren’t they the best?! :) Have a nice weekend!


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