Loaded Nachos with Ground Turkey, Beans and Cheese

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These Loaded Nachos with Turkey, Beans and Cheese are made with baked tortilla chips, lean ground turkey, black bean dip, cheese and pico de gallo.

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Loaded Nachos with Turkey Beans and Cheese

Cinco De Mayo, or any day with these healthy loaded nachos loaded with protein and fiber. Using lean ground turkey mixed with flavorful black bean dip, this lighter recipe takes a classic appetizer that’s usually over 1200 calories in most chain restaurants, and makes them under 400 calories. I have hundreds of ground turkey recipes, it’s my favorite protein to use to lighten up some of my favorite dishes! You might also like my loaded Nacho Chicken Tostada or my Low-Carb Mini Bell Pepper Nachos.

Loaded Nachos with Turkey Beans and Cheese

I love nachos, who doesn’t? That being said, these lighter nachos don’t disappoint!! We had them for dinner but this is also great for lunch or as an appetizer. This recipe was inspired by Rocco Dispirito’s cookbook, Now Eat This. I made some adjustments to his original recipe and it was DELICIOUS. High in fiber and lower in fat and super easy to make.

How To Make Loaded Nachos Healthy

  • Baked chips. Start with baked tortilla chips instead of fried as your base.
  • Use lean protein such as lean ground turkey or chicken.
  • Add beans for fiber. Here this uses a fat-free black bean dip which adds flavor without spending too much time cooking.
  • Top it with a fresh element at the end. Pico de gallo is made with all fresh vegetables, lime juice and cilantro that adds tons of flavor, be sure you drain it so you don’t get your nachos soggy. To save time you can also buy it pre-made.
  • Use less cheese. Don’t get me wrong, I love cheese but with all these toppings, it’s easy to use less and not miss it.
  • Portion control. Weigh out your chips and bake each portion separate so you don’t eat double the portion.

 

Loaded Nachos with Turkey Beans and Cheese

Healthy Loaded Nachos

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Loaded Nachos with Turkey, Beans and Cheese

386 Cals 28 Protein 45 Carbs 17.5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: Mexican
These Loaded Nachos with Turkey, Beans and Cheese are made with baked tortilla chips, lean ground turkey, black bean dip, cheese and pico de gallo.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz baked tortilla chips
  • 8 oz 99% lean ground turkey breast
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup fat-free spicy black bean dip, such as Desert Pepper Trading Company Black Bean Dip or Trader Joes
  • 1 1/3 cup reduced fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 cups pico de gallo
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced thin optional for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Place 1 oz (about 14 depending on the brand) chips on four oven-proof dishes or all 4ounces on one large baking sheet.
  • Heat a large nonstick sauté pan over high heat.
  • Add the ground turkey and season with cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper and sauté until cooked through, breaking up meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes.
  • When cooked, add the bean dip and mix well.
    lean ground turkey and black bean mix
  • Spoon the turkey mixture over the chips and sprinkle the cheese on top.
  • Bake until cheese melts, about 6 minutes.
    baked chips no toppings
  • Remove the nachos from the oven, top with pico de gallo, sour cream, cilantro and jalepeños.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Nutritional info will vary slightly based on brands of chips, etc.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounce chips plus toppings, Calories: 386kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 17.5g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 32mg, Sodium: 990mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 8.5g
WW Points Plus: 9
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81 comments

  1. I couldn’t find black bean dip, so I subbed a can of black beans heated in green chilis. Added it to the ground turkey, divine! Such a simple, delicious and healthy dinner. 

  2. I made this last week for me and my husband.  It was absolutely wonderful.   I managed to find the black bean dip at a local grocery (and at a reduced price!).   Anyway – with the magic of our air fryer we were able to heat up the leftovers the next night.   Gina, we love your recipes and only wish you’d released them  20 years earlier!!

  3. Where can I find FF black bean dip? I bought some
    Black bean hummus but it’s not fat free. I don’t have a Trader Joes near me. Or does anyone have an easy recipe to share for it? Thanks!

  4. This was wonderful!! I ate the meat mixture on a bed of lettuce and my husband and son had the nachos.  Nice because everyone can top however they want.  Will make again!! 

  5. Absolutely delicious!  As a full-time professional, mom, and military spouse, I must say this was the quickest and tastiest weekday meal I have made in a very ling time.  All my boys were huge fans!!!

    Gina- I have been an avid Skinnytaste fan for going on 3.5 years now.  Thanks for providing us with tasty, healthy, and simple meals and snacks.  I love everything you create 😀!!

    -LeeAnn

  6. This was FABULOUS — using for so many other ideas, tostadas – quesadillas – YUMMO! I made my own black bean dip since I don’t have a TJ’s near me. Super easy – Black beans – adobe chili – little water – lime juice. Thanks Gina!

  7. My store didn’t have baked chips and I wanted this to be filling for a meal, so I made a salad with a bed of lettuce, warm meat/bean mixture, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and some crushed Tortilla chips. It was delicious and filling! I also like having to be able to have left overs without having soggy chips. Now we can enjoy another salad tomorrow!

  8. I’m in New Zealand and I found Turkey mince at New World! But no ‘bean dip’ so I just used a can of cheap Oak baked beans, and holy moly this was yummy! The kids also loved it.

  9. Super fast, super easy and super yummy!!! I added some diced avocado.

  10. I loved this recipe so much!!

  11. I love nachos, who doesn’t? That being said, these lighter nachos don’t disappoint!! We had them for dinner but this is also great for lunch or as an appetizer.

  12. Hi, thank you for the recipe! Was wondering if you have access to the sodium content of the recipe and you could post it in the Nutrition facts. Please and Thank You.

  13. i am making this for dinner tonight.. I love the idea of adding bean dip to the meat mixture, Thanks for the recipe

  14. This recipe was amazing!! The family loved it. Thank you 🙂

  15. I want to make sure I got this straight. Each plate gets 14 chips? How much turkey goes on each plate? 2oz?