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Sweet Potato Quinoa Nachos

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Sweet Potato Quinoa Nachos -- made with baked sweet potatoes, a black bean-quinoa mixture, salsa and topped with guac!

Classic foods remade with a healthy twist = probably one of my fave things ever.

We're all about the comforts foods — I mean who isn't, right? — just maybe not in the ways they're traditionally made. You know…fried. floured. buttered. fried again. then dipped in sugar. Tasty sure, but pretty much disastrous to your health.

So when we can come up with ways to enjoy not-so-healthy meals in a totally healthy way, I'm all in.

This time….it's NACHOS.

HEALTHY quinoa nachos made with sweet potatoes instead of corn chips -- no cheese or sour cream needed! [vegan + gf]

That's right. NACHOS. And it's nachos in all caps because hey, it's healthy nachos – hard to beat that!

You probably already know what traditional nachos are made with: fried corn tortillas, some sort of shredded meat, loads of cheese and sour cream, then *maybe* topped with some fresh salsa and guac if we're lucky. Not a whole lot of clean eating foods, but dang are they good.

How to make nachos healthy >> swap tortilla chips for sweet potatoes! These quinoa nachos are the bomb!

A few weeks ago Matt and I decided to stay in on a Friday night (which I'm not going to lie usually happens) and rather than ordering takeout like we normally do, we — and by that I mean I — decided to cook. He gave me a few stipulations:

  1. easy
  2. ability to add meat
  3. fast (because he almost always comes home from work absolutely famished)
  4. not salad

Challenge accepted Mr. Henderson.

So I looked at what I had…and somehow this concept for sweet potato quinoa nachos just popped into my head.

Baked sweet potato rounds for the BEST DAMN nachos you've ever tasted!

Honestly, it couldn't be a simpler meal to make.

We start with the base which is baked sweet potatoes. While I would have looooved to make these with corn tortilla chips, me and corn tortilla chips have quite the tumultuous relationship. I'll demolish a whole bag like it's nothing, so I try to steer clear as much as possible.

Plus, sweet potatoes are totally my jam — and Matt tolerates them — so that works out well for both of us 😉

Black Bean Quinoa + Corn filling >> the perfect addition to these amazing sweet potato nachos!

Then it's onto the toppings.

The next layer was black beans because I'm not really eating much meat right anymore, but rather than just trowing them onto the sweet potatoes and calling it a day, I gave them a little more pizzazz.

I just popped them into a pot with a little water, seasoned them with cumin, coriander, chili powder and a touch of salt, then let them simmer for about 10 – 15 minutes until they started to soften. Once soft, I tossed in some cooked quinoa and frozen corn and bam, that was that. <– here is where Matt added some shredded chicken (totally optional for you, but I think they're absolutely scrumptious sans meat)

Sweet Potato Quinoa Nachos -- made with baked sweet potatoes, a black bean-quinoa mixture, salsa and topped with guac!

On top of the beans was a layer of organic jarred salsa — any variety you like will do — then some fresh guac, chopped cherry tomatoes, cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

(side note: if you want to add cheese like Matt did, do it on top of the salsa, then pop them back in the oven to melt the cheese, thennn move onto the guac)

And then….WE DIG IN.

How to make the BEST DAMN vegan nachos on the planet!! Use sweet potatoes instead of corn chips, skip the meat and add black beans + quinoa, then top it all off with salsa, guac and cilantro. PERFECTION!

The BEST DAMN vegan nachos ever! Made with sweet potatoes, quinoa, black beans and topped with salsa + guac!

My friends, these are epic. They totally satisfying your Mexican comfort food cravings, but in a healthy, non-tummy-ache sort of way. Plus, they're well balanced! We've got veggies, complex carbs, protein annnnd healthy fats!

Now when someone asks you to bring nachos to the party, you know what you're making, right?

Sweet potato quinoa nachos will win every time. YES!

The BEST DAMN vegan nachos ever! Made with sweet potatoes, quinoa, black beans and topped with salsa + guac!

Sweet Potato Quinoa Nachos -- made with baked sweet potatoes, a black bean-quinoa mixture, salsa and topped with guac!
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Sweet Potato Quinoa Nachos

My friends, these are epic. They totally satisfying your Mexican comfort food cravings, but in a healthy, non-tummy-ache sort of way. Plus, they're well balanced! We've got veggies, complex carbs, protein annnnd healthy fats!

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword nachos, sweet potato
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 298 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Add sweet potato rounds to a large bowl and toss with oil. Place onto baking sheets and roast for 25 - 35 minutes until sweet potatoes are soft and starting to brown, making sure to flip them halfway through.
  2. While sweet potatoes are cooking, add beans, water and spices to a small saucepan. Start with 1/4 cup and add more if needed. Bring to a boil then cover and reduce to simmer for 10 - 15 minutes. Once beans have softened, stir in quinoa and corn and then remove from the heat.
  3. Remove sweet potatoes from the oven and arrange the rounds onto plates (or keep them directly on the pan if you're using cheese/chicken). Top the sweet potatoes with bean mixture and salsa.*
  4. Mash the avocado with the juice of 1/2 the lime and add a dollop onto each helping. Top with cherry tomatoes, cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you use chicken or cheese, follow the instructions through Step 3 and top the salsa with chicken and cheese. Pop the pan back in the oven for 5 - 10 minutes until cheese has browned.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Quinoa Nachos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 583mg25%
Potassium 907mg26%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 9430IU189%
Vitamin C 16.7mg20%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
How to make the BEST DAMN vegan nachos on the planet!! Use sweet potatoes instead of corn chips, skip the meat and add black beans + quinoa, then top it all off with salsa, guac and cilantro. PERFECTION!

 

 

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  1. […] Sweet Potato Quinoa Nachos Ingredients: 2 medium sweet potatoes cut into 1/4″ rounds 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 15 oz can organic black beans, drained and rinsed 1/4 – 1/3 cup water 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin coriander, chili powder and salt 1/4 cup cooked quinoa 1/4 cup organic frozen corn kernels 1/4 – 1/2 cup salsa 1 avocado 1 lime 1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes Cilantro to garnish (Find the full recipe and inspiration here at Simply Quinoa) […]

  2. OK, I’ve made dozens of recipes from pinterest but this is the first time I’ve felt compelled to comment on one. These were completely delicious! Even without the quinoa (sorry, I didn’t have any). The sweet potato chips were even better than tortilla chips, and the toppings were great. Thanks!

  3. Just made these for lunch… amazing! I cut the sweet potato thinner (about 1/8inch) and it worked great since some pieces got a little crunchy giving it more of a nacho feel.

    Just love it!

  4. I made this tonight. So insanely delicious!! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed! The only thing we thought we might we might experiment with next time, it cutting the sweet potato a little thinner, but I think it will be too soft. And how you have it, is just perfect!!! Thank you!

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