Cheesy Chili Nachos

Cheesy Chili Nachos
Steve Legato


  •   Cooking spray
  • 8 Ounces  lean ground turkey
  • 3/4 Cups  diced onion
  • 1/2 Cup  diced red bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon  chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon  cumin
  •  Pinch of  cayenne
  • 1/2 Cup  fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup  water
  • 1/2 Cup  canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Teaspoons  unsalted butter
  • 2 Teaspoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup  reduced-sodium chicken broth
  •  Pinch of  garlic powder
  • 1 Cup  shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 3 Ounces  reduced-fat tortilla chips (about 25 chips)

Who can resist chili cheese nachos? Staggeringly high in fat, sodium, and calories, this appetizer is usually a diet killer, but not here. With this lightened version you can still enjoy the great taste of meaty chili atop crunchy tortilla chips, complete with melted cheese sauce — only now, without a side of guilt. Speaking of sides, feel free to add guacamole, more salsa, light sour cream, or even more vegetables.

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Spray a medium-sized skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey, onion, and red bell pepper, breaking the meat apart with a spoon. Cook until the meat is browned and vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.

Stir in the chili powder, cumin, and cayenne. Stir in the tomatoes and water. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the beans and heat until warmed. Cover to keep warm and remove from the heat.

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, add the flour, and whisk until smooth. Add the chicken broth and garlic powder and bring to a boil, stirring continuously for about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cheese ½ cup at a time.

Spread the chips out onto a serving platter. Spoon the chili mixture evenly onto the chips and then drizzle the cheese mixture over the chili. Top with your favorite garnishes and serve.


Calories per serving:

515 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 132g 202%
  • Carbs 104g 35%
  • Saturated 60g 301%
  • Fiber 19g 74%
  • Trans 4g
  • Sugars 14g
  • Monounsaturated 37g
  • Polyunsaturated 18g
  • Protein 119g 237%
  • Cholesterol 437mg 146%
  • Sodium 3,651mg 152%
  • Calcium 1,911mg 191%
  • Magnesium 271mg 68%
  • Potassium 1,863mg 53%
  • Iron 9mg 53%
  • Zinc 18mg 118%
  • Phosphorus 2,004mg 286%
  • Vitamin A 1,011µg 112%
  • Vitamin C 113mg 188%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 37%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 104%
  • Niacin (B3) 17mg 86%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 84%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 260µg 65%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 83%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 44%
  • Vitamin K 25µg 32%
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