Football season has officially begun and I am so excited to share these Loaded Nachos with you.
These are the best!
Nothing artificial here…only real, whole foods.
I’ve taken what is normally seen as not so healthy food and lightened it up and made it healthier.
I start by using chips I baked myself. Have you ever made your own tortillas chips? If not you really should give these a try. They taste amazing and are much healthier than those fried ones.
Making a cheese sauce is really easy. I use cheddar and Gouda in mine. It gives the cheese a deep complex flavor.
No need for that Yellow 5 or Yellow 6 here. To give the nacho cheese that traditional yellow color, I add turmeric and paprika.
Turmeric is a wonderful spice that not only adds great natural color it has many health benefits. Just to name a few…it is works as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and can help lower cholesterol.
All that goodness combined makes a delicious cheese sauce that is smooth, creamy, and smoky. It’s the smoky flavor that makes this cheese extraordinary!
To lighten these Loaded Nachos up, I use ground turkey instead of beef. Remember that taco seasoning I made? I used that here to give this meat some great authentic Mexican flavor.
Get a big plate out and start layering all the toppings.
As happy as I am for football season to be here, these Loaded Nachos are really something to get excited about. Because it’s the food that really matters the most. Right?!
- 8 corn tortillas
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- ½ lb ground turkey
- 2 tbsp taco seasoning
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup fat-free milk
- ½ cup smoked gouda cheese, shredded
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ tsp ground turmeric
- ¼ tsp paprika
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- ½ cup pickled jalapeños
- ½ cup sliced green onions
- Preheat oven to 350. Stack tortillas and cut into fourths.
- Place on a baking sheet in a single layer. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle with salt
- Bake 10-15 minutes or until chips are crisp.
- In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned.
- Sprinkle taco seasoning over meat and add water. Stir and let simmer until water is absorbed.
- In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat.
- Stir in flour to melted butter; cook for 1 minute.
- Slowly whisk in milk so there are no lumps.
- Add cheeses, turmeric, and paprika.
- Cook on medium-low heat until cheese is melted and sauce has thickened.
- Arrange chips on a plate. Drizzle the hot cheese over the chips.
- Top with the meat, green onions, and jalapeños.