Athlete Food Nachos

Nachos for dinner? There's no shame in dining on these protein-packed nachos

“Nachos for dinner? We have no shame in admitting that this is one of our favorite meals, when done the Athlete Food way.

“We've put our stamp on the traditional idea of nachos by using iron-rich bison, adding leafy greens, and using non-GMO, lower sodium chips made from beans. You still get that crunchy pile of melted goodness, but it's topped with fresh ingredients like
tomatoes, jalapeños, and plenty of cilantro. Enjoy!” – Bec of Athlete Food.

4
Servings
171
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound ground bison
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 red pepper, cut into small pieces
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach, cut into thin strips
  • ¼ Cup shredded white Cheddar cheese
  • 8 to 12 slices of fresh jalapeño
  • 4 to 6 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon cilantro
  • 4 Tablespoons scallions
  • A few handfuls of chips (we use Beanitos Restaurant Style)
  • 2 lime wedges
  • A handful of pumpkin seeds

Directions

Cook the bison with the seasoning mix in a large frying pan. A few minutes into the cooking process, add the spinach and red pepper. Cook until the meat is no longer pink and the spinach is wilted, 5-7 minutes. I like to drain off some of the fat at this point.

Arrange the chips on a baking pan. Top with the meat mixture and sprinkle with a handful of cheese, jalapeño slices, and scallions.

Broil this for about 90 seconds keeping an eye on it the entire time. It may take longer or shorter; just pull it out when the cheese starts to bubble.

Top with the remaining ingredients: tomatoes, avocado slices, cilantro, and pumpkin seeds. Transfer the nachos to a large serving dish (I use a cutting board) and serve with lime wedges. Or just eat right from the tray once it cools off.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
62mg
21%
Carbohydrate, by difference
1g
1%
Protein
23g
50%
Vitamin A, RAE
20µg
3%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
44µg
49%
Calcium, Ca
26mg
3%
Choline, total
99mg
23%
Folate, total
26µg
7%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
28mg
9%
Niacin
6mg
43%
Phosphorus, P
227mg
32%
Selenium, Se
23µg
42%
Sodium, Na
83mg
6%
Water
98g
4%
Zinc, Zn
5mg
63%

Nacho Shopping Tip

How hot is that chile pepper? Fresh peppers get hotter as they age; they will achieve a more reddish hue and sometimes develop streaks in the skin.

Nacho Cooking Tip

When preparing appetizers try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.

Nacho Wine Pairing

Malbec, syrah/shiraz, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, primitivo, or carménère with meat- and bean-based dishes; viognier or grüner veltliner with seafood dishes.