May 31, 2023

Healthier Beef Nachos (Dairy Free)

Sometimes you just get a craving for nachos! I've seen bell pepper nachos floating around the internet, and decided to make my own Healthier Beef Nachos that are dairy-free, gluten-free, macro-friendly and less inflammatory than your traditional nachos. They've got all the goods: tortilla chips, taco beef, tomatoes, jalapeños, olives, dairy-free cheese, guacamole, and sour cream (dairy-free Greek yogurt). I used baked tortilla chips and lean ground beef to lower the fat, and added some bell peppers to up the veggies! Swap the beef for meatless crumbles if you need a vegan version. 

Did you know? Chips made with canola oil are less inflammatory than those made with sunflower or safflower oil. This is because canola oil is higher in healthy monounsaturated fats than omega-6 inflammatory fats. Look for non-GMO chips with expeller-pressed oil that to preserve the oil quality. And, go for baked to reduce the fats overall!

Healthier Beef Nachos Dairy Free

Choosing the best chips

Of course, we're going to need some tortilla chips here! You could do it without chips and use bell pepper slices only, but to me... that's not real nachos. So I hunted down some organic baked tortilla chips to avoid GMO canola oil and lower the fat content a bit. Some people don't care about GMO, and I'm on the fence, but organic means fewer pesticides also. La Reina and Trader Joe's are good!

Healthier Beef Nachos Dairy Free

Ground beef and alternatives

Again, I prefer lean grass-fed ground beef to lower the saturated and inflammatory fat content. I used 93% lean for this recipe, but 90% lean drained of the fat is similar! Ground turkey would work as well, but I personally feel like nachos need beef ;) You could also use meatless crumbles for a vegan option.

Healthier Beef Nachos Dairy Free

Dairy free options

As you probably know by now, I can't really do much dairy. So I used my favorite dairy free cheese, and some nonfat plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I find that Greek yogurt doesn't bother me since most of the lactose has been fermented. You can use dairy free sour cream (or even plain DF yogurt) for vegan!

Healthier Beef Nachos Dairy Free

Other ingredients

The only other ingredients are bell peppers, taco seasoning, sliced jalapeños, chopped tomatoes, black olives, and guacamole. Some of these are optional - for example you can omit the guacamole or olives if you want even lower fat. I will include the nutrition fats for that on the recipe card.

Here's the printable recipe for these Healthier Beef Nachos! Let me know if you try them in the comments below :)

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