Kitchen Sink Loaded Nachos

A healthier take on a fast food favourite

Loaded Nachos Recipe

Want a fun dinner on a busy night?  In our house, nachos are a very rare treat because we consider them more in the junk food area but even so, I seem to find a way to load them up with veggies.  This version even has beans, spiced ground beef (you could substitute ground turkey), lots of veggies and real cheese to make it healthier.  If you like it spicy, add some slices of jalapeno and 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of chipotle chili powder to the ground beef.  Served with Spanish rice and guacamole, you'll have an entire meal!


1 large bag of nacho chips
1 onion, chopped
1 lb lean ground beef
1 (19 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
about 2-3 cups of aged cheddar cheese (more or less, if you need)
chopped fresh cilantro

  Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

  Spread the tortilla chips out on a rimmed cookie sheet, sprinkle with cheese, and set aside.

  In a fry pan, saute the ground beef with onion until cooked through and no longer pink. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper, stirring and tasting to correct for seasonings. Stir in the drained black beans and set aside to cool.

  Set the cookie sheet with the tortilla chips in the oven for a few minutes, watching carefully, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle with the cooled beef/bean mixture, diced tomato, diced peppers, and cilantro. You may not need all the beef/bean mixture, so you can put it in the freezer for another day. Or, just load it all up-whatever works for you!

  Serve with fresh guacamole, salsa, and sour cream to greedily dip into, licking the salty goodness off your fingers.

Serves 4-5

She may go by the name Scatteredmom online, but Karen really is anything but scattered when it comes to the kitchen.  Churning out tasty treats within view of the Georgia Strait on Canada's west coast, Karen will hand you an organized weekly meal plan or teach you how to make meals from scratch.  As Mom to a teenage boy, she knows exactly what it takes to keep kids full and happy-which has really come in handy with her job as the Food Editor at Yummy Mummy Club.

A strong supporter of Food Revolution who has been endorsed by Jamie Oliver himself, by day Karen can be found working as a special education teaching assistant, running a kitchen and showing teenagers how to cook nutritious meals for themselves.  By night, when she's not chatting on Twitter and answering cooking questions,  she writes her popular blog Notes From the Cookie Jar, or posting mouthwatering recipes over at Chasing Tomatoes.  Not afraid to give her opinion and passionate about community, Karen spoke at Blissdom Canada 2010 and her writing has been published in Canadian Living magazine, as well as in various online publications. 

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