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Nachos just might be the king of all party foods!  People flip for them.  Normally fat laden, these layered and baked nachos use all skinny ingredients.  I’m using reduced-fat ingredients such as tortilla chips, lean taco meat, cheese and topping with my yummy, skinny ranch dressing. These are fantastic!  One skinny serving has 207 calories, 5 grams fat and 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  Taco Bell’s Nacho Supreme has 406 calories and 5 times more fat at 26 grams per serving!

Prep Time: 25 minutes, includes making the taco meat

Bake Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef, I used 96%

1 cup onions, chopped

1 tablespoons garlic, minced

1 (1 oz) package taco seasonings mix, I like Lawry’s

⅔ cup water

7 ounces reduced-fat tortilla chips, (about 100 chips), see shopping tips

1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (4 oz) can Ortega fire roasted diced green chiles, see shopping tips

1¼ cups salsa, I like Pace Chunky Salsa, medium hot

1½ cups (6 ounces) reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded

6 tablespoons The BEST Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 ingredients)

 or fat-free sour cream or Greek nonfat yogurt (plain)

Tabasco Sauce, optional


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large pan or skillet, cook ground beef with onions and garlic until meat is browned.  Stir often.  Pour cooked meat into a colander in the sink and drain off all excess fat.  Add meat mixture back to pan.

3. Add taco seasoning, water and mix well.  Bring to a boil, turn heat down to simmer and cook for 5 minutes.

4. Place the tortilla chips evenly on a large oven proof serving plate or baking sheet coated with a little cooking spray.

5. Top the chips with ground beef mixture.  Sprinkle beans evenly over the meat.  Next, spoon over beans the fire roasted chilies and then salsa.  Sprinkle the cheese all over the top.

6. At this point, you can place in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.

7. When ready to serve, bake in preheated 350 degrees oven for 15 – 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the nachos are hot.

8. Dollop with ranch dressing or sour cream and add a bit more salsa. If you really like food spicy, sprinkle a bit of Tabasco sauce over the top!

9.  Serve at once.

Makes 12 servings (each serving, 1/12 of recipe)


Food Fact

Nachos originated in the city of Piedras Negras, Mexico, just over the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.  They was created in 1943 at a restaurant called the Victory Club. The story goes that some spouses of several U.S. soldiers from nearby Eagle Pass, who were in Piedras Negras on a shopping trip, arrived at the restaurant after it had closed for the day.  Chef Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya invented a new dish for them with what little he had available in the kitchen: tortillas and cheese. Anaya cut the tortillas into triangles and fried them, then added yellow Wisconsin cheese.


Healthy Benefits

Just by taking the time to drain the fat after cooking the beef, cuts the calories and fat way down in this dish.

Black beans are rich in fiber and lean protein. Rinsing and draining them before adding to recipes greatly reduces the sodium.

Salsa is made from tomatoes and are rich in heart healthy lycopene and vitamin C.  It also contains A and B vitamins and folate.


Shopping Tips

A can of fire roasted chilies is sold in most supermarkets in the salsa section. Trader Joe’s sells their own brand too.

There are many brands of reduced-fat tortilla chips available. I used Guiltless Gourmet, but I also like Trader Joe’s brand.

 

Vegetarian Tip
To make this recipe vegetarian, use Ives Meatless Ground in place of ground beef.  It’s a soy based product sold in most supermarkets, along with Trader Joe’s.


Weight Watchers
(old points) 4
Weight Watchers POINTS
PLUS 5

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1/12 of recipe)
207 calories, 5g fat, 19g protein, 24g carbs, 4g fiber, 420mg sodium, 1g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 serving Taco Bell’s Nacho Supreme
460 calories, 26g fat, 13g protein, 23g carbs, 5g fiber, 810mg sodium, 3g sugar

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17 Responses to “Skinnylightful Nachos Supreme”

  1. Efrain Acimovic Says:

    Very nice blog. Thanks for the great tips!

  2. Biz Says:

    Love it – 4 point nachos?! And I just discovered baking my nachos instead of putting them in the microwave – so much better!

  3. admin Says:

    Thanks so much and for stopping by!

  4. Kristi Rimkus Says:

    Another terrific skinny recipe that we can all enjoy. Who would know the difference from the full fat version of nachos? Wonderful!

  5. admin Says:

    How nice, thanks Kristi. Hope you enjoy them!

  6. Alisa Says:

    Wonderful! I cant get enough of your skinny recipes :)

  7. admin Says:

    So sweet Alisa…Thank you!

  8. Lee Says:

    I think you can easily cut out the meat have a delicious nacho on your hands. Then the calories would be even lower and still a one way ticket to yum-town.

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  10. Netttie Moore Says:

    7 ounces is 100 chips? Maybe 10 chips? Looks and sounds so yummy! Nettie

  11. admin Says:

    Nettie, the entire recipe is made using 7 ounces, about 100 chips. The recipe makes 12 servings so each serving includes less than 1 ounce of chips! Thanks for stopping by… Enjoy!

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    Thanks so much for sharing my skinny nachos recipe. Your meal plan looks great!

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  15. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for including my recipe, Skinnylightful Nachos Supreme! Your plan for the week sounds delish. Best of luck to you. Happy New Years, Nancy

  16. Jodi Says:

    thanks for the fun food fact on where Nacho’s started. I live an hour away from Eagle Pass! :)

  17. admin Says:

    I love food facts. I’m so happy you enjoy them too Jodi!

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