Cheesy Chili Nachos

Cheesy Chili Nachos
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Cheesy Chili Nachos

Steve Legato

Cheesy Chili Nachos

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:

382 calories

Dietary restrictions:

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

Daily value:



  • Fat 22g 34%
  • Carbs 25g 8%
  • Saturated 9g 43%
  • Fiber 5g 19%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 22g 44%
  • Cholesterol 76mg 25%
  • Sodium 702mg 29%
  • Calcium 257mg 26%
  • Magnesium 59mg 15%
  • Potassium 441mg 13%
  • Iron 2mg 13%
  • Zinc 3mg 22%
  • Phosphorus 346mg 49%
  • Vitamin A 167µg 19%
  • Vitamin C 28mg 47%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 9%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 18%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 21%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 20%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 57µg 14%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 16%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 10%
  • Vitamin K 5µg 7%
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