Healthy Nacho Recipes That Will Make Your Mouth Water

Nachos are a staple dish in Mexican cuisine. They are hard to resist with delicious ingredients such as cheese, salsa, meat, beans, and peppers piled on. Despite their delectable qualities, nachos can sometimes can be high in calories. 

Healthy Nacho Recipe, Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, MATrying to stick to a diet when some of the best snacks are high in calories can be extremely difficult. You can try to swap out some ingredients for healthier ones, but most of the time they don’t taste as good as they did before. Luckily, these recipes for nachos are both healthy and delicious alternatives, so you can enjoy your favorite dish without feeling guilty.

Shrimp and Avo-Nachos

This recipe from Cooking Light is one of many healthy nacho combinations that they offer. These healthier topping options give this crunchy treat a fresh taste, and it’s only 325 calories.

8 ounces chopped grilled shrimp

2 tablespoons Mexican crema

1/4 cup cilantro

1/4 cup toasted unsweetened coconut

3/4 cup sliced peeled avocado

1/2 cup fresh salsa

  1. Pick your flavor combo.
  2. Preheat broiler.
  3. Arrange 4 ounces whole-grain tortilla chips on a baking pan. Top with cheese and meat; broil 3 minutes or until cheese melts.
  4. Add remaining toppings
  5. Round up your friends and family! All these combos serve 4.

Power Nachos

Using fresh vegetables and protein-packed beans turns this snack into a healthy meal. This recipe from can make 4 servings of nachos, with only 393 calories per serving.


1 teaspoon olive oil

1 (15.5-oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained, divided

1 tablespoon cilantro leaves, finely chopped, plus leaves for garnish

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided

1 rib celery, thinly sliced

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

4 ounces multigrain tortilla chips

4 ounces reduced-fat cheddar cheese, grated

1/2 avocado, diced

Salsa (for serving)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash the oil, 1 cup beans, chopped cilantro, and 2 TBSP lime juice. In another bowl, toss the celery, onion, 3/4 cup beans, and 1 TBSP lime juice.
  3. Spread chips on a baking sheet; cover with the cheese. Bake until cheese melts.
  4. Top the hot nachos with the mean mixtures, avocado, and salsa; garnish with cilantro leaves.

Mini Bell Pepper Chicken Nachos

If you’re looking to cut down on the carbs, switch out the chips for a crunchy vegetable. This recipe from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen packs the delicious ingredients on mini bell peppers instead of tortilla chips for a healthier version of nachos.


1 teaspoon vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 green onions, sliced, white parts and green parts separated

1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/8 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon paprika

3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup salsa

salt and pepper to taste

1 pound mini bell peppers

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar/Monterey jack cheese blend

1/4 cup sliced black olives

1/2 large tomato, diced

1/4 cup cilantro


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat the oil in a 12 inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and the white parts of the green onions and cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in chili powder, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add chicken and toss until all ingredients are well coated and chicken is warm, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in salsa. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
  3. Slice the ends off each mini bell pepper and slice in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and ribs and press each half open so the peppers are as flat as possible. Arrange close together in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  4. Spoon chicken mixture evenly over pepper halves. Top with black olives and cheese mixture. Bake nachos for 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Remove from oven, top with tomatoes, cilantro, and remaining green onions. Serve.

Not all healthy nacho recipes have to be bland. These tasty recipes can be served as an appetizer, at your next party, or for a meal if you’d like.

If you don’t feel like making this treat at home, enjoy a plate at Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina. We have many healthy Mexican style appetizers, and other healthy menu options to choose from. Stop by any of our locations in Groton, Lexington, Lunenberg, and Woburn, MA, for authentic Mexican cuisine that the whole family will enjoy.