Skinny Beef Nachos
It took me quite a long time to make the perfect plate of skinny beef nachos and being on Weight Watchers and all chips are a big deal to me. Nachos are probably one of my favorite foods to eat. I could snack on tortilla chips and salsa at Mexican Restaurants all day long since they are free, dip the chips in queso sauce, etc but Chips are best loaded with toppings!
Tortilla chips are high in points. My favorite brand of tortilla chips are the Donkey Chips and you can find them in the Natural Food section at your grocery store. They are low in sodium but just 12 chips alone can be 6 points. When you start piling on all the extra toppings for nachos, that can get pretty high up there. No thank you.
Best Method to Make Nachos
- First there’s the sheet pan method. If you don’t have an air fryer you can lay out these lavash chips and just bake them in the oven until they are golden brown and crispy and then load them with the toppings.
- Layering Method – This is by far the best method in my opinion. I used to just pile all the chips on a plate and then start loading on all the nacho toppings. Nope. Never again. You start with one layer first and then keep on adding on layers after you got all the chips prepped.
- What nacho making method do you use? Do you have any secret to making the perfect plate of nachos?
When it comes to nacho toppings there’s plenty out there. Being on Weight Watchers just think of all the zero point toppings you could possibly do.
99% Lean Ground Turkey or Chicken
Pico De Gallo
Fat Free Refried Beans
Zero Smart Point Salsa – Link
Protein for Nachos:
I love to use 93% lean ground beef when making nachos and I’ll always add in a packet of low sodium taco seasoning. If using 93% lean ground beef, for 3 oz the smart points come to 4 points. You can use 99% fat-free chicken or turkey to make it 0 points.
Homemade Tortilla Chips
Like I mentioned above, the points for nachos can really very depending on what type of tortilla chips you use. There are many store bought tortilla chips out there but it is best to make your own using corn tortillas, flour tortillas etc. Josephs lavash wraps are only 60 calories and then I cook them in my air fryer at 400 degrees for 3 minutes. I heard about Josephs Lavash wraps on Instagram and gave them a try and really liked them. You can also bake the tortilla chips in your oven at a higher temp like 400 degrees for 10 minutes. If using your air fryer the chips get done in no time and they turn out super crispy!Print
1 Josephs Flax, oat bran & whole wheat flour lavash bread
2 tbsp Tostitos Salsa, Con Queso, Medium
In a medium non stick skillet cook the ground beef and add in a packet of Taco Seasoning. Set aside once the ground beef has cooked through. (follow instructions for taco seasoning on the back of the packet)
Cut the Jospehs wrap into triangles and add them to your air fryer basket. Spray with cooking spray and close your basket. Set your air fryer to 400 degrees and the timer for 3 minutes.
Lay half of the cooked chips on a plate with half of the ground beef from 3 oz. Add shredded cheese, 1 tbsp of queso sauce, 1 tbsp of salsa. Repeat with another layer and then enjoy!
This is for one serving of nachos. I will cook a whole entire pound of ground beef and save the leftovers to have for tacos or more nachos during the week.
8 smart points (with 93% lean ground beef)
4 smart points (with ground chicken or turkey)
- Calories: 350
- Sugar: 5
- Fat: 15
- Saturated Fat: 6
- Unsaturated Fat: 2
- Trans Fat: 1
- Carbohydrates: 21
- Fiber: 4
- Protein: 35