Low Calorie Nachos: NO WAY!-so Queso Nachos.

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Working on dropping the pounds but still want to have your good old comfort foods?  No problem!  With a little editing, you can still have the satisfying taste of your old faves without keeping your old waistline!

Here is one of my favorites:  Low Calorie Nachos!  With queso and salsa and chips and the whole works! Yummmmy! A serving has just 455 calories (or less… see info about my homemade chips), and is super filling in its cheesy goodness.  This recipe features homemade chips, homemade salsa, homemade queso sauce, and lean ground beef. Low calorie nachos to the rescue!!!!

The Salsa!

  • 1- Can Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
  • 1- Container Pico De Gallo (I used the Wal-Mart Marketplace brand found with the fresh veggies)
  • 1- Large Cucumber
  • 1- Medium Red Pepper
  • 1- Medium Orange Pepper
  • 1- Medium Yellow Pepper
  • 1/8- Cup Lime Juice
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Chopped really fine
  • 3 tbsp cilantro, ideally fresh (Mine wasn’t, but it’s better if it is)
  • Salt to taste.  Mine didn’t need any.

In your food processor, finely chop the cucumber, peppers, and cilantro.  Mix in all other ingredients.  Refrigerate.

Salsa Nutrition Info

This recipe makes around 20 servings.  Nutrition data is presented per-serving.

  • Calories Per Serving: 8
  • Total Fat: 0 g
  • Carbs: 2.1 g
  • Fiber .3 g
  • Protein .3 g

THE QUESO SAUCE

  • 1/2 – Cup Soy Milk
  • 3  wedges of The Laughing Cow Light Cheese – Queso Fresco and Chipotle
  • 2 tbsp  Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • 5 slices Lowfat or Nonfat Queso Cheese slices.

Over medium heat, melt all ingredients together, stirring almost constantly.  Turn to low when sauce thickens.  Will thicken more as it stands.

 Nutrition info

This recipe makes around 4 servings.  Nutrition data is presented per-serving.

  • Calories Per Serving: 98
  • Total Fat: 4.2 g
  • Carbs: 6.1 g
  • Fiber .2 g
  • Protein 7.2 g

Other Elements

The Chips:  You can buy chips to build these on, or you can do as I did and make your own.  I got some carb balance tortillas and fried them up.  This method made it a wee bit high in fat.  Frying always does…  An alternate method that cuts calories and fat would be to cut up your carb balance tortillas with a pizza cutter, spray a baking sheet generously with nonfat cooking spray, lay out cut tortilla, spray that with cooking spray, and bake.  Much healthier.  But I had no cooking spray.

My version has the following nutrition facts:

  • Calories Per Serving: 204
  • Total Fat: 16 g
  • Carbs: 13 g
  • Fiber 10 g
  • Protein 3 g

I used 96% lean ground beef with a bit of Old El Paso Taco seasoning.  You can also make your own of this, and it will be lower in salt.  My fiance did, but his version is too spicy for my delicate sensibilities..  Refer to the label for nutrition facts.

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Misha L. (4 years ago)

Just Tried These! Love The Queso!

    Ashley (4 years ago)

    Isn’t it awesome?

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