The Best Healthy Nachos on the Internet: Homemade Chorizo and Beef Layer Nachos

The Best Healthy Nachos on the Internet: Homemade Chorizo and Beef Layer Nachos

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I must confess, the healthy nachos I’ve boldly dubbed the best healthy nachos on the internet began as an attempt to make chorizo chilaquiles. If you’re unfamiliar with chilaquiles, they’re basically fried corn tortillas simmered in salsa or mole until they soften and then loaded up with meat, queso fresco, onions, and other goodies. Sounds tasty, right?

So, what happened to the chorizo chilaquiles? Well, if we’re being honest, I like my tortillas crispy.

As I stood over the diced tomatoes and green chiles, debating whether or not to simmer the tortillas until soft, all I could hear was the satisfying crunch of a crispy tortilla chip. Looking back, I’m pleased with the decision. Because these nachos, for as simple as they are, should rank well on your list of the best healthy nachos on the internet. I mean, the meat alone will blow your mind.

How to Make Homemade Chorizo and Beef Healthy Nachos

At its core, this recipe only has four ingredients:

  • Lean ground beef
  • Reduced fat pork sausage (which we’ll add chorizo seasoning to)
  • Extra thin corn tortillas
  • Shredded cheddar

Yup. No crazy ingredients here.

So what makes these the best healthy nachos on the internet? For starters, the layers of sea salt and lime low calorie tortilla chips.

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Sorry if you thought we’d be making our own top secret tortillas. Ain’t nobody got time for that. The extra thin tortillas from Mission are too legit to quit. So legit, in fact, that I’ve had readers say they make these at home, bag them up, and take them to Mexican restaurants to have instead of house chips.

And look at how macro friendly they are. Just look at it!

Okay, the chips are great, but the real magic is in the meat. I couldn’t find a lower fat, lower calorie chorizo so I threw together a mix of spices to mix with reduced fat pork sausage from Jimmy Dean. It’s magical.

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Chorizo Seasoning Recipe

If you cook regularly, I’d bet you have most of the ingredients on hand. Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Paprika
  • Chili Powder
  • Ground Chipotle Pepper Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne Pepper (optional)

homemade chorizo seasoning

Note: The amounts called for in the healthy nachos recipe are for seasoning both the pork and beef. If you’re using this seasoning recipe for the pork alone, you’ll want to use 1/2 or maybe even 1/3. And if you want more recipes to use the chorizo with, check out my egg and chorizo breakfast casserole.

Recipe Modifications

My first thought after making these healthy nachos was how tasty my 5-Ingredient Crispy Carnitas would be both as a meat replacement and with the chorizo seasoning in place of the original fajita seasoning. As delicious as the beef and chorizo mixture is currently, you could plug just about any meat or protein source in for easy layered nachos.

You could also use something like turkey sausage or meatless sausage/beef for even lower fat, lower calorie nachos. Beyond Beef makes a great beef crumble that could be combined with the chorizo seasoning. And considering it’s precooked, it could even reduce your prep time.

These are nacho average healthy nachos. You won't find veggies as chips or any trickery like that. Instead, you'll find a lower calorie tortilla chips recipe and a super simple homemade chorizo that packs serious flavor. If you're a calorie conscious eater, you're going to love these nachos.

Beyond the protein sources, feel free to plug and play with cheeses. The recipe uses a reduced fat cheddar with 90 calories per 1/4 C (28g). You could combine fat free cheddar with other types of cheese for a different flavor profile and maybe even fewer calories.

All right, that’s about all I’ve got for ya. Try these out and let me know where they stand in your healthy nachos rankings. If these nachos end up blowing your mind like they did mine, I wanna know about it. Be sure to snap a photo and tag me on Instagram.

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Chorizo and Beef Layered Healthy Nachos

An amazing chorizo seasoning recipe to make awesome chorizo and beef layered nachos. 

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword healthy nachos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 240 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef macros with 96/4
  • 10 oz Reduced Fat Pork Sausage I used Jimmy Dean
  • 1 C (112g) Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar I used Kraft
  • 9 Extra Thin Corn Tortillas from Mission (120 calories for 3)
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Lime Juice

Chorizo Seasoning

  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Chipotle Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 400F.

  2. Mix all the chorizo seasoning ingredients in a small bowl.

    homemade chorizo seasoning
  3. Cut the tortillas into 6 pieces each. (I stack all 9 and use a pizza cutter to make this easier.) Add the triangles to a baking sheet or wire rack. Brush or drizzle the lime juice on top of the tortillas and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown. 

    low calorie tortilla chips
  4. While the chips are baking, add the ground beef and sausage to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook for a few minutes before adding the chorizo seasoning. (If you're using a fattier cut of beef or pork, you'll want to drain some of the fat before adding.) Continue cooking until no pink remains in either meat.

    homemade chorizo and beef
  5. Once the chips are baked and the meat is cooked, add 1/3 of the chips to a baking dish or pan. (I used a 7" springform pan.) Add 1/3 C of the cheddar followed by 1/3 of the meat and another layer of chips. Repeat until you have 3 layers. (You could also skip the layering and place the nachos flat on one large baking sheet.)

  6. Bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Recipe Notes

  • Each serving has 7 Smart Points.
  • You're more than welcome to add any toppings you like, but you probs don't need them. I bet the creamy salsa from my Cheesy Gordita Crunch Remix would go great with these, though. 
Nutrition Facts
Chorizo and Beef Layered Healthy Nachos
Amount Per Serving (1 8th)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Protein 23g46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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These are nacho average healthy nachos. You won't find veggies as chips or any trickery like that. Instead, you'll find a lower calorie tortilla chips recipe and a super simple homemade chorizo that packs serious flavor. If you're a calorie conscious eater, you're going to love these nachos.


13 thoughts on “The Best Healthy Nachos on the Internet: Homemade Chorizo and Beef Layer Nachos”

  • 5 stars
    Hey! First of all, I want to congratulate you for this amazing blog. I Try to eat healthy on a daily basis, as I can´t eat a lot of processed food. Your IG appear to me as a miracle! Honestly, I’ve benn following you for a while and made some of your recipes (my boyfriend also liked them, although he didn´t know they were healthier than the regular recipe). So, anyway, I´ve searching for some ideas here, and noticed you’ve tried to cook some chilaquiles? As the good mexican that I am (pardon my english jaja trying here) let me give you a piece of advice… Don´t know if in the US you have some baked tortillas, here in Mexico you can find a variety of brands (tortillas made of corn, nopal, etc..) There’s a brand I love called “Salmas” (64 kcals, 0.6 grs of fat, 13 grs of carbs and 1.4 grs of protein). I love them as they’re so healthy and delicious. Been said, you can usea some, break them into pieces, add some good sauce (I prefer the green one made of jalapeño, green tomato, garlic, onion and spices or mole) and some cheddar cheese. You can put them in the microwave just for the cheese to melt and add onion and fat free cream. It is important you prepare this dish just before eating it so the chilaquiles don´t get softer… We eat them with chicken, meat, eags, etc… (but I think with your homemade chorizo would taste better). Hope you can enjoy them as they’re very traditional here… if you want the recipe, I can give it tou you step by step with no problem.

    Thanks again! your web is amazing!

    • Thank you so much! That’s super helpful, and I’m super excited to hear these have your approval. I’m definitely going to revisit the chilaquiles and will let you know how it goes. Wish me luck! 🙂

  • These are SO good! I made them for a football game and they were freaking irresistible to everyone. No one even realized they were a “healthy” recipe. Highly recommended! The toughest part was limiting my portion size.

  • 5 stars
    These are one of my weekly go-tos to make. They’re delicious and so easy to do. I actually have been mixing it up with chicken and sometimes chicken and beef. Aside from making them weekly, they’re perfect for dinner for Sunday night football. My whole family loves this recipe!

  • 5 stars
    Made these as a snack because I’m just starting my fitness journey and still working out my relationship with food. I used ground turkey instead of the ground beef along with the low fat sausage and it worked better than I could have hoped! These were delicious, flavorful, filling and best of all we’re accessible enough that I could handle making them and still feel like I accomplished something. Thank you!

  • Another amazing recipe! Was wondering if you had any tips on how to cook ground chicken if I use it in place of beef in this and some of your other recipes? We are trying to avoid red meat at the moment but when I cook ground chicken using a red meat method, it tends to give off a lot more liquid and dilute the spices and mess with the consistency of the dish. Also…would love to win that cookbook 🙌🏼🙌🏼

    • Hey Reema, thanks for the feedback! You could always drain the chicken during cooking. You’ll lose some of the fat (about half in most cases), but that’s about the only way to avoid that issue other than using a leaner cut of ground chicken. Most are 92% lean but there are 98% lean versions out there.

  • 5 stars
    These are so good. My husband and kids loved them! I followed instructions except I took out the meat and subbed in Boca crumbles. It was a hit our current go to nacho night weekend dinner!

  • 5 stars
    Hey Mason! These nachos are bomb but you can’t ever go wrong with nachos. A lot of your recipes have kept me on track, especially during the holiday season. You also made me love my air fryer. I was terrible with it at but now I feel like a beast. I’m still working on mastering air fryer chicken but I look forward to you will make. Def going to try those buffalo tuna cakes this week too. Thanks for making eating healthy fun, and always engaging with your supporters. Much appreciated.

  • 5 stars
    For those of us counting macros or just trying to be more aware of what we eat, these nachos are perfect. Great for game day, potlucks, etc. I love these because they are quick, flavorful, and still let me enjoy the eating aspect of get togethers. Thanks, Mason!

  • 5 stars
    These literally changed my life! Bar food and specifically nachos were such a fear food for me. I love that this recipe is not only healthier but I can make it at home and customize it. Thank you for this great recipe!

  • 5 stars
    Mason these nachos are the bomb! 💣 Your recipes are SO good! I have loved every single one I’ve made. Thank you for sharing not only your recipes with us but also your knowledge about health & macros. I have learned so much from you! Thank you!

  • 5 stars
    Wow, what a simple and easy one! I used chicken and beef to spare me so fat in my macros and let me tell you these are stillll fire 🔥🔥🔥 love how simple you make things keep killing it my man!

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