Healthy Turkey Nachos

Healthy Turkey Nachos

Healthy nachos…sounds like an oxymoron, right? I love nachos –who doesn’t?– and can easily eat a large serving in place of a meal. Since doing that generally means foregoing anything remotely nutritious, I wanted a way to sneak some good things into the mix without sacrificing what makes nachos so good in the first place. Yeah, turkey isn’t beef, but it is packed with protein. I love me some refried beans, but black beans are good too. And corn? It’s in Mexican food all the time, so why not throw it on nachos? The only things that cannot be sacrificed are cheese, sour cream, and salsa. It’s all about balance, riiiiight?

The original plan was to make a huge batch of these for a few friends who were going to come over and watch the Bachelorette finale last night (wahooo, Shawn!!) but after a kind of rocky Sunday afternoon, I was ready for some alone time + playing catch up on my computer. So instead, I used about half the ingredients to make these for my roommate and I and will be using the other half as taco salad for lunch today and tomorrow! The perfect way to use your leftover ingredients, too :)

Healthy Turkey Nachos
Makes two large portions


– Approximately 5 oz of a bag of chips (I used the Trader Joe’s guilt free ones)
– 1/2 pound ground turkey (generally 1/2 the pack… like I said, I used all the extra ingredients for taco salad!)
– 1 cup black beans
– 1/2 cup cooked kernel corn
– 1 cup shredded cheese (I used a light Mexican blend)
– Paprika (optional)
– Sour cream
– Salsa


Cook turkey in skillet on stove and sprinkle with paprika, turning until paprika is combined and turkey is fully cooked.

On a tinfoil-lined baking sheet, spread chips close together. Evenly sprinkle ground turkey on chips, followed by corn and black beans. Coat with a generous layer of cheese.

Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400°F, checking to make sure chips aren’t burnt. Cheese should be melted. Transfer to plate and serve immediately with sour cream and salsa.

Photo by Monica Dutia for Cake & Lilies

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  1. Bree wrote:

    These sounds great! I’ve been substituting chicken and turkey quite a bit lately for Mexican food, it’s such a good way to make it a little healthier!

    xo Bree

    Posted 7.28.15 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Such a good call! There are so many ways to make sure you aren’t sacrificing flavor, too!

      Posted 7.31.15 Reply
  2. Emily wrote:

    This looks so good! I’m always on the hunt for easy snacks, and I love turkey & black beans. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 7.28.15 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Let me know how you like it! An easy way to kick the protein up a notch and still get nachos :)

      Posted 7.31.15 Reply