Bell Pepper Nachos

Recipe posted in: Flex™ Meals & Snacks, Snacks, Healthy Sides & Snacks

This is “nacho” average nacho recipe! Spicy, cheesy and packed with nutrition, these Bell Pepper Nachos are the ultimate low carb snack. Mini bell peppers are sliced and stuffed with your favorite nacho toppings like black beans, Pico de Gallo and avocado. Covered in melted cheese and fresh cilantro, you’ll love the classic flavors of this spicy starter.

Trying to watch your carb intake? This protein-packed, high fiber recipe is your new go-to snack! With this unique twist on stuffed peppers, you can enjoy the indulgent flavor of nachos without destroying your weight loss efforts. Bell peppers are the low carb swap in this recipe, replacing carb-heavy tortilla chips that are fried in oil. If you’re looking for more healthy, low carb substitutes, click the link below for eight of our favorites:

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To make this perfect pepper snack, get started by creating your chips. Slice one pound of mini bell peppers in half and remove the seeds. Arrange them cut side up on a baking sheet and sprinkle with your favorite toppings. In this recipe, we use a half-cup of black beans, half an avocado and a half-cup of Pico de Gallo. However, feel free to substitute any type of bean, salsa or non-starchy veggie that you have on hand. Cover your nachos with one cup of reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese and broil for about three to four minutes until it’s melted. Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving up this nutritious, delicious dish.

Pro tip: Make this healthy snack a full-on meal by adding on another PowerFuel! Top your nachos with lean ground taco meat, soy chorizo or grilled chicken to pump up the protein and fullness factor. For a complete list of PowerFuels, check out our comprehensive Grocery Guide. >

The classic bell pepper comes in a variety of colors. You can use any hue that you’d like in this recipe. According to TheScienceExplorer.com, red bell peppers are the riper version of their green, orange and yellow buddies. In addition to their outside appearance, their micronutrient qualities also differ. “For example, red peppers contain nine times more beta-carotene than green bell peppers and twice the amount of vitamin C,” they explain.

This spicy snack is the perfect way to check a veggie off your diet to-do list! One serving of these Bell Pepper Nachos contains 141 calories and counts as half of a PowerFuel, one Extra and one Vegetable on the Nutrisystem program. We recommend eating at least four servings of non-starchy vegetables each day on our weight loss meal plan. With the NuMi app, it’s super easy to keep track of your daily vegetable intake to ensure you’re getting in enough. Click here to quickly log this recipe in the NuMi app! >

With warm weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning your summer garden. Bell peppers are a delicious non-starchy veggie that is easy to grow at home. Click the link below for our eight simple tips to grow perfect peppers!:

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Bell peppers add crunch, sweetness and fresh flavor to any dish they’re featured in. Check out these other tasty recipes utilizing this healthy ingredient:

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Servings: 6

Calories per Serving: 141

On Nutrisystem, Count As: ½ PowerFuel, 1 Extra and 1 Vegetable

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. mini bell peppers, halved and seeded
  • ½ cup black beans
  • ½ cup Pico de Gallo
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese, reduced fat
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. Arrange peppers on baking sheet.
  2. Sprinkle, beans, Pico de Gallo and avocado on the peppers.
  3. Top with cheese.
  4. Broil until cheese has melted, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Garnish with chopped cilantro.