Mini Pepper Nachos

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Mini Pepper Nachos

Who says nachos need to be made with tortilla chips? Since both my husband and my kids are big nacho fans, I needed to find a way to make a healthier version. All summer long, we’ve been chomping away on mini peppers and it suddenly occurred to me that they would make a pretty great chip alternative. To my surprise and delight, my kids thought so too. This whole platter did not last long!


1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (more if you like it hotter)

1 lb ground beef

1 lb mini peppers, halved and seeded

1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup chopped tomato

Other toppings as desired (sour cream, olives, chopped jalapeño, avocado, etc.)


In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes.

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef until just cooked through, about 7 to 10 minutes, breaking up any clumps with the back of a wooden spoon. Add spice mixture and sauté until well combined. Remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 400F and line a large baking try with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Arrange mini peppers in a single layer, cut-side up but very close together.

Sprinkle with ground beef mixture and shredded cheese (make sure every mini pepper gets a little meat and cheese!). Bake 5 to 10 minutes, until cheese is melty.

Remove from oven and top with chopped tomatoes and any other desired toppings. Serve immediately.

Serves: 6
Nutrition Info: Food energy: 351kcal, Total fat: 21.97g, Calories from fat: 197, Cholesterol: 96mg, Carbohydrate: 6.58g, Total dietary fiber: 2.39g, Protein: 28.41g
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Comments (9)

  1. Ellen Schmidt at

    Is there a printer friendly version of recipes?

  2. If it doesn’t have Tortilla Chips in it, don’t call it nachos, by definition.

    These are Tex-Mex Mini Peppers.

    Relax with this madness.

  3. Linda at

    @nacho officer: i totally disagree! Chips do NOT a nacho make!

  4. mary at

    omg i need these. my dr put me on a low carb diet and I love nachos so next time my hubs makes his normal ones, I’m gonna whip these up (with ground turkey instead of beef). thanks so much for the idea.

  5. pam at

    It’s not the chips that make it unhealthy, it’s the meat cheese and sour cream.

  6. Deedeerea at

    Not true! Low carb is what doctors are recommending. Beef and cheese are in and chips and bread are out!

  7. Carolyn at

    That’s exactly right Deedeerea!!!

  8. Tanyia at

    OMG!!! Just made these and they were amazing! Hubby loved them too!!! Don’t even pay attention to the negative crap… Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

  9. Vanessa at

    I’m trying these tonight. I’m going to mix chorizo with ground turkey and by pass the seasoning.

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