Saturday, 1 February 2014

Nachos with a healthy secret (you won't believe what it is!)

In my past, unhealthier days, one of my go-to weeknight meals was beef nachos, loaded up with cheese and topped off with some Doritos and a large dose of sour cream. I'm largely blaming that and spaghetti and my warped sense of dieting to the weight I put on around that time.

But all was not lost. I lost the weight but boy do I still get cravings for nachos, so I knew I just had to make them better for me.

Here's what I did. I replaced:

Doritos with my own homemade corn chips.
Sour Cream with 0% Fat Plain Chobani
Full fat beef mince with lean turkey mince (feel free to use lean beef mince, turkey mince is just cheaper and honestly you can't tell it's not beef)

And maybe I hid something extra special in there that nobody ever notices... That's right, I hid zucchini in there. I'm a chronic veggie hider, I can't help it!

Serves 4-5


-500g lean turkey mince
-1 large brown onion
-1 large zucchini
-1/2 cup tomato pasta sauce or salsa
-2 tbls tomato paste
-1/4 tsp Mexican Chilli spice or equivalent
-1 tsp ground cumin
-cheese for topping (optional)

Corn Chips-
-2 large wraps/mountain bread
-Spray Oil (I used olive oil)
-Onion or garlic powder


Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius.
Prepare the corn chips by lightly spraying the wraps with oil and then sprinkling the paprika, salt and onion/garlic powder on top. Give it another small spritz with oil so it doesn't all fly off if you have a fan forced oven.

Cut the wraps into eighths and put in the oven.

While they're cooking, dice the onion and grate the zucchini.
Then place the turkey mince into a hot frypan with a little oil, cooking until browned.

Put aside the browned mince (I like to keep the little bit of fat from it in the pan) and put the onion in the pan, stirring until cooked. Add the spices and stir so they don't burn. 

Now add the zucchini and cook until it has reduced in size and has gone limp.

Once it's limp, return the mince to the pan and add the pasta sauce/salsa and tomato paste. 
Take a moment to check on your corn chips and remove if they're crisp. 

Mix in the pasta sauce and let simmer until most of the moisture is gone. 

Pour meat mixture into an ovenproof dish, top with as much cheese as you like and bake until the cheese has melted. 

Serve with your corn chips, some plain Chobani and maybe some guacamole!



  1. That seems like an amazing substitute. I bet my entire family would really love it. I am going to pin this so that I can make it later.

    1. Thanks, Dianna. It's a big hit in my family!

  2. Love nachos, so it's always great to find healthier alternatives. Not sure I agree with the replacing beef with turkey, and that you can't tell. My OH's a beef farmer, so there's no way I'd get away with turkey mince.
    #SITS blogging

    1. Haha well my partner didn't notice and I grew up on a farm too and couldn't tell! I think you'd be able to tell if it was on it's own but the spices and sauce cover it up in this dish. But lean beef mince is just as good and that way there's no risk of picky eaters!


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