Easy Oven Nachos

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Nachos are everybody’s favorite treat, and they don’t have to be that bad for you. Using the right ingredients and cooking methods, you can make perfectly healthy nachos that pack quite a punch, spice-wise, and have great taste overall. A few of the ingredients do much better when added after the cooking phase in their raw state to preserve their nutrient benefits. You’ll also notice that the cooking is done in an oven using the broil setting. This is so that the cheese gets melted without scorching the plate you use to cook on (the broil setting should only turn on the heating elements at the top of the oven). Often we can use just our hands to get them out of the oven when they’re done, but it’d be best if you did your own testing to make sure you don’t burn yourself.

Ingredients:

  • Organic blue corn tortilla chips (enough to cover a dinner plate)
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican or cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup of browned ground beef, shredded chicken or cubed turkey.
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1/4 of a red onion chopped
  • 2 tbs of fresh chopped cilantro
  • crushed red pepper to taste (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cover an oven safe plate or dish with a chips.  Top chips with cheese, beans, and meat.  Place in oven and set to broil.  Watch the chips and pull them out just as the cheese begins to brown.
  2. Sprinkle on salsa, onion, garlic, and cilantro.  Add red pepper to taste if you want.
  3. Sit down and enjoy.
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