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13 Healthy Nacho Recipes

Cauliflower, sweet potato, and quinoa, oh my!
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November 6 is National Nacho Day, but we think this appetizer is delicious year-round. There's something so comforting about melted cheese and chips, but this is one snack that can get pretty unhealthy, fast. The fat and sodium from restaurant nachos adds up quickly, but don't worry! You can still satisfy your cravings with these healthy nacho recipes.

From using sweet potato and cauliflower to make nacho "chips" to topping your creations with quinoa, there are plenty of easy nacho swaps out there. Get ready to dig in!

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Steak Nachos

Steak nachos
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Don't let cheese steal the spotlight—top your nachos with steak, too! This recipe is filling enough to be a full meal.

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Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

Low-calorie nachos with chicken and black beans
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Black beans are one of the most classic nacho toppings out there, and the chicken adds an extra dose of protein to this app. Yum!

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Rainbow Fish Taco Nachos

rainbow fish taco nachos
Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

Have you ever heard of fish nachos? Well, if fish can be a delicious part of tacos, why not enjoy it atop nachos, too? With fresh ingredients like cabbage and avocado, this recipe is as colorful as it is delicious.

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Easy Nachos

easy nachos with cheese tomatoes avocado olives on baking sheet
Courtesy of Love From the Oven

This recipe is as simple as the title suggests. Add whatever toppings you want to your nachos, and throw them in the oven. Just be sure to grate the cheese yourself—it's way better.

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Fajita Nachos

fajita nachos foodie finds recipe
Courtesy of Fit Foodie Finds

If you're following a low-carb diet, you need this recipe in your life. Rather than using chips as the nacho base, it uses bell peppers for a delicious swap that still has a satisfying crunch.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos

plate of nachos with cheese corn and sweet potato wedges
Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Sweet potato wedges are an unexpectedly tasty taco topping, and they work just as well in a plate of nachos. You'll add fiber to your meal, along with a kick of sweet flavor to complement the salty cheese.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

BBQ Chicken Nachos

pan of nachos topped with cheese and radishes in a skillet
Courtesy of Macheesmo

This might just be one of our favorite rotisserie chicken recipes out there. Nachos and barbecue sauce? Yes, please.

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Apple Nachos with Date Caramel Sauce

apple slices topped with caramel sauce and chocolate chips
Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

Yes, these still count as nachos! Upgrade your sliced apple routine with this easy recipe.

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Sweet Potato Quinoa Nachos

sweet potato slices topped with quinoa guacamole and tomatoes
Courtesy of Simply Quinoa

This recipe doesn't just top nachos with sweet potatoes—it uses them as the nacho base. After all, if sweet potatoes can be toast, why can't they be nachos, too? To make this option even healthier, the sweet potato wedges are topped with quinoa.

Get the recipe from Simply Quinoa

Cheesy Cauliflower Nachos

cheesy cauliflower nachos topped with jalapeno slices
Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

Come on, you knew there would be a cauliflower option on this list! Cauliflower is a low-carb swap for everything from pizza crust to mashed potatoes, and you can make cauliflower chips for your nacho recipes, too. It's easier than it sounds!

Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food

Gluten-Free Vegan Kale Nachos

kale nachos topped with cilantro and avocado
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

If you love kale chips, it's time to meet their cooler cousin: kale nachos. Topped with beans, sweet potato, and salsa, these nachos are just as delicious as their non-vegan counterparts.

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Tofu Vegan Nachos with Cashew Cheese Sauce

vegan nachos topped with avocado and jalapeno
Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Not into ground beef? Make this tofu nacho recipe your best friend. It will satisfy even the most devoted cheese lovers!

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Loaded Veggie Nachos

loaded vegetable nachos on a sheet pan
Courtesy of Cookie and Kate

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to load your nachos with beef or chicken. Add multiple types of vegetables for a delicious, nutrient-packed snack.

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