February 9, 2015

Clean Nachos

Tanner and I have been trying to eat a little cleaner, when we can, and when we don't have birthday parties to attend with desserts galore, or because we really like pizza, etc. We made these nachos on Saturday, and had plenty of leftovers for Sunday dinner as well. It was delicious, and although my sweet potato weren't "chips", eating with a fork was still very satisfying. Note: my guac was simply just some mashed avocados, lime, pepper, and a dash of garlic salt. And, we used ground turkey, not beef. You really can play these up any way you want! Give them a try!

nacho recipe
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  1. 2 medium tomatoes, diced and seeded
  2. 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  3. 1-2 tbsp lime juice
  4. 2 cups guacamole
  5. 2 tbsp green onions, chopped
For the sweet potato chips
  1. 3 large sweet potatoes
  2. 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  3. 1 tsp salt
For the meat
  1. 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  2. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  3. 1 green chili, diced
  4. 1 lb. ground beef
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 1 tsp smoked paprika
  7. 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  8. 1 tbsp tomato paste
  9. 12 oz. canned diced tomatoes
  10. 1 tsp salt
  11. 1/2 tsp pepper
  1. To make the sweet potato chips, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Peel the sweet potatoes and slice thinly, using either a mandolin or sharp knife. In a large bowl, toss them with coconut oil and salt. Place the chips in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then flip the chips over and bake for another 10 minutes. For the last ten minutes, watch the chips closely and pull off any chips that start to brown, until all of the chips are cooked.
  2. While the potato chips are baking, start preparing the beef. Melt the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and chili to the pan and sauté for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add the ground beef and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and remaining spices and stir well to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then turn the heat down to medium-low. Cook, covered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring regularly.
  3. Stir the chopped tomatoes, lime juice, and cilantro into the beef mixture. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  4. To assemble the nachos, form a large circle with the sweet potato chips on a platter. Add the beef mixture into the middle of the circle, and then top with guacamole and green onions.
  1. Servings: 4-6
  2. Difficulty: Medium


  1. Um. Wow. This looks exceptional. I am bookmarking this post right now so I can make these later!

  2. isaac and i like to use ground turkey instead of beef for an extra dash of healthy, and it tastes the same!! i am definitely going to try this, i always need something yummy to indulge in :)

    xo, k
    pocket of blossoms

    1. Oops! I forgot to add that! We've ben cooking with turkey for so long I don't even remember the last time I've used beef!