Lighter nachos

“Treat yourself to a guilt-free snack with our recipe for ‘Lighter Nachos’! We have mastered the art of reducing fat while delivering delicious flavors. Instead of traditional tortilla chips, we use low-fat alternatives so every bite is crispy and satisfying. These delicious chips are then generously topped with creamy beans and zesty salsa, creating the perfect balance of texture and flavor. Whether you’re hosting a social gathering or enjoying a cozy evening at home, our Lighter Nachos will hit the spot and help you stay on track with your health goals. Share the love and enjoy the goodness together!”

Ingredients

  • 5 soft corn tortillas
  • 1½ tsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 jalapeno chili, seeded, cut into thin strips
  • 100g mozzarella, grated
  • 2 tablespoons half-fat crème fraîche
  • ½ small packet of coriander leaves, chopped
  • 2 medium-sized, ripe avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 spring onions, ends trimmed, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • a few drops of Tabasco sauce
  • 400g canned red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ¼ tsp mild or medium chili powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • 4 tomatoes, seeded, finely chopped
  • ¼ small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil

Tip

How we made our nachos healthier

1: Reduced fat and saturated fat content by making our own tortilla chips. 2: Used mozzarella instead of cheddar cheese and semi-skimmed crème fraîche instead of sour cream to further reduce the fat content. 3: Reduced salt content by blending our own refried beans.

Preparation steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas 5.
  2. For each tortilla, brush both sides with a little oil and cut into 12 wedges. Repeat.
  3. Place all wedges on two large baking sheets and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Remove and set aside.
  5. Set the oven to 200°C/180°C/Gas 6.
  6. To make the guacamole, place the chopped avocados in a bowl and mash roughly with a fork, retaining some consistency.
  7. Stir in lime juice, spring onions and coriander and season with Tabasco and spices.
  8. Put aside.
  9. Place the beans in a bowl, stir in the garlic, chili and cumin powder, mash roughly with a fork, then mix in about 2 tablespoons of water (or enough to form a coarse paste).
  10. Season and set aside.
  11. To make the salsa, mix tomatoes, onions, garlic, lime juice and oil.
  12. Season and set aside.
  13. Ten minutes before serving, spread the tortilla chips on a large baking sheet or ovenproof plate.
  14. Add the beans in small heaps to the chips and then to the salsa (if the salsa has already been made, use a slotted spoon to avoid leaving any tomato liquid that could soften the chips).
  15. Scatter jalapeño chili and mozzarella on top.
  16. Bake for 4-5 minutes, just long enough to melt the cheese and warm the whole thing through, but not to over-brown the tortilla chips.
  17. Remove the crème fraîche, spoon it over the top, sprinkle with cilantro and place the guacamole in 1 or 2 small bowls next to it.
  18. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

To make lighter nachos, you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • Baking tray or tray
  • Sharp knife
  • dulcimer
  • grater
  • Bowl
  • Small pot
  • Fork
  • Garlic press
  • Citrus press or reamer
  • tablespoon
  • teaspoon
  • tin opener

Allergen information

The lighter nachos recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Dairy products: mozzarella
  • Wheat: Soft corn tortillas

Storage and leftovers

If you have leftovers from the lighter nachos, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, place the nachos on a baking sheet and warm in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 10 minutes or until heated through. Please note that the texture of the nachos may change slightly after refrigeration.

Health Benefits of “Lighter Nachos”

Nachos are a popular and delicious Mexican dish loved by many. Traditionally, nachos are loaded with lots of cheese, sour cream, and fatty toppings, making them a real treat. However, if you’re looking for a healthier alternative that still satisfies your nacho cravings, try these “lighter nachos.” With a few simple substitutions and modifications to the recipe, you can enjoy a healthier version of this popular snack without compromising on taste.

Made with homemade tortilla chips

One of the key changes in this recipe is using homemade tortilla chips instead of store-bought. By making your own tortilla chips, you can reduce the amount of fat and sodium typically found in commercial options. Soft corn tortillas are baked with just a little canola oil, creating crispy chips that are much healthier than their fried counterparts.

Lower fat content

This recipe also focuses on reducing fat content without sacrificing flavor. Instead of high-fat cheddar cheese, mozzarella is used as a more nutrient-dense option. Compared to cheddar, mozzarella contains fewer calories and fat while still providing a creamy and melty texture. In addition, half-fat crème fraîche is used instead of sour cream, further reducing the fat content without sacrificing flavor and creaminess.

Homemade refried beans

The refried beans used in this recipe are homemade, allowing you to control the ingredients and reduce unnecessary additives. The red kidney beans are drained and rinsed to minimize the sodium content. They are then mixed with garlic, mild or medium chili powder, and ground cumin to create a flavorful and healthier alternative to traditional refried beans.

Fresh and nutritious toppings

The toppings for these lighter nachos are packed with fresh and nutritious ingredients. Chopped cilantro, jalapeno chili, avocado, scallions, tomatoes, and red onions add vibrant colors, flavors, and a variety of essential vitamins and minerals. Avocados, in particular, are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and a good source of fiber.

Reduced salt content

By making your own refried beans and using fresh ingredients, you have better control over the amount of salt in your nachos. This recipe reduces overall salt content by minimizing the use of processed ingredients and instead adding flavor through spices and lime juice.

Overall, these “lighter nachos” offer a healthier alternative to the traditional nacho recipe. With homemade tortilla chips, reduced-fat cheese and crème fraîche, homemade refried beans, and fresh, nutritious toppings, you can enjoy a filling and delicious snack without feeling guilty. So why not try this lighter version and treat yourself to a guilt-free nacho experience?

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