Appetizers for March Madness or Academy Awards Night: Low-Fat Beef Nachos

Appetizers are on the rise this month with ¬†basketball’s March Madness and the Academy Awards. If you’re looking to be “good” and not overdo it, this recipe is only 9 grams of fat per serving. I love using “Laura’s Lean Beef” in my beef recipes, and if you’re trying to locate it in your area, check out their site for information of where it can be found. This recipe for Beef Nachos also makes a great easy weeknight dinner, and it’s one of my children’s favorites.

Beef Nachos

Cook Time:

10 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes


8 servings


1 pound lean ground beef
11/2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 (15-ounce) can low-salt black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (10-ounce) bag blue corn tortilla chips, divided
1 cup reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend, divided
1 cup shredded lettuce, divided
1 cup chopped tomatoes, divided
Chopped green onions, chopped fresh cilantro, sliced black olives, salsa and low-fat sour cream (optional)


1. Cook beef, cumin and chili powder in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 to 10 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain well. Stir in beans and cook until thoroughly heated.

2. Layer 1/2 tortilla chips, 1/2 cup beef mixture, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/2 cup lettuce and 1/2 cup tomato on a large platter. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

3. Garnish with green onions, cilantro, olives, salsa and sour cream, if desired.

1 thought on “Appetizers for March Madness or Academy Awards Night: Low-Fat Beef Nachos”

  1. I’m sure my family would love these nachos! Perfect for watching college hoops! I was disappointed that Trader Joe’s stopped selling Laura’s Lean Beef but now I get my beef from Houde Family farm in Vermont. Thanks for the great recipe.

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