Everyone Happy Nachos (Low Carb Nachos)

Low Carb Nachos

We are incredibly blessed to have 2 small boys in the house. And I especially love the challenge of inspiring them to become vegetable lovers like their Mama.

Let’s just say it’s a work in progress.

So I’m always trying to come up with ideas for family meals to suit all our different dietary requirements. Without having to cook separate meals.

These low carb nachos definitely live up to their name of keeping everyone happy.

I like zucchini version. My Irishman likes ‘both’ – some zucchini and some corn chips. No prizes for guessing the boys prefer corn chips.

Everyone Happy Nachos (Low Carb)

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword flexitarian, low carb, nachos
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini (courgettes) OR tortilla chips
  • 4 thick sausages approx 300g / 10oz
  • 2 handfuls grated cheese approx 50g / 2oz
  • hot sauce eg. Tabasco
  • 1 bunch coriander (cilantro) OR mint or parsley
  • 1 avocado OR sour cream

Instructions

  1. Turn your oven to 250C (480F). Line a large rimmed baking tray with baking paper. If using zucchini, slice into rounds about 1/2cm (1/4 inch) thick. Spread zucchini over the tray. Drizzle with a little oil and roast for 10 minutes.
  2. If not using zucchini, create 2 piles of corn chips, one for each person on a large rimmed baking tray.
  3. If using zucchini, when the first 10 minutes are up, create 2 piles of roast zucchini, one for each person.
  4. Or if using both, create 2 piles based on whatever makes sense to you!
  5. Remove sausage casings and discard. Tear sausage meat into bite sized pieces. Scatter over the top of your 2 piles.
  6. Return to the oven for 5 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle the grated cheese evenly over both piles. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.
  8. Carefully transfer each pile onto a plate using the baking paper to help. Serve with hot sauce, herbs and avocado / sour cream on top.

Recipe Video

NOTE: There are 11g carbs / serve for the zucchini only version – I didn’t dare calculate it for the tortilla chips!

Variations & Substitutions Low Carb Nachos

short on time – cook the sausage meat in a pan while the zucchini is roasting. Skip the cheese melting step.

Keto / ultra low carb – skip the corn chips!

vegetarian – replace sausage with cooked lentils, chickpeas or beans.

dairy-free – use the avo. OR serve with this lime + cashew ‘sour cream’ (it’s really great!)

nightshade-free – replace hot sauce with pesto or this lemon tahini sauce or just a squeeze of lime.

more substantial (carb lovers) – extra tortilla chips.

more substantial (low carb) – extra avo. Roast almonds, macadamias or cashews.

Low FODMAP – use 1/2 zucchini and 1/2 corn chips.

different vegetables – I’ve also made this with kale chips – they only take about 5 minutes to cook before adding the sausage. Eggplant will work or red capsicum (bell peppers), or cauliflower or even broccoli. Just adjust cooking time as needed.

different protein – any ground (minced meat) or cooked lentils, chickpeas or beans. Chicken thigh or breast fillets will also be good – just make sure they cook through. Leftover slow cooked meat is excellent. You could also make a nest on each pile and crack an egg to cook in the middle.

more fancy / for entertaining – serve with this crunchy iceberg lettuce salad or any more substantial salad. Or live dangerously and serve with avocado AND sour cream AND some roast cashews for crunch.

Problem Solving Guide

bland – more salt! more hot sauce! more avocado! Or try a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.

too dry – either your sausage was too lean or you’ve over cooked the nachos. Next time get them out earlier. For now a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or more sour cream will help.

no oven – change it to a nacho ‘hash’. Pan fry the sausage and sliced zucchini until both are cooked through and serve in bowls with the remaining ingredients on top.

sticking to the tray – next time remember the baking paper. For now, allowing the nachos to cool before trying to move them can help. Or serve it in the middle and just eat from the oven tray.

Prepare Ahead Low Carb Nachos

Yes for the zucchini version. The corn chips will go soggy with time. Just cook as per the recipe but keep the avocado / sour cream, hot sauce and herbs separately. Zucchini leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or can be frozen. Don’t freeze the avo / sour cream or herbs. To serve, warm in the oven for 10 minutes before finishing as per the recipe.

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Have fun in the kitchen!

With love,
Jules x

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7 Comments

  • These nachos are great! I wanted to make nachos for a long time so I tried it today and it was very delicious. Will make it again. Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  • am enjoying your recipes. Hard to get many of the ingredients in the rural area I live in. Nearest centre is three hours away. Still good to get new insight into a variety of cooking methods and substitution is great to play with. I do a lot of foraging in the forest around me for vegetarian and protein.
    aye sean

  • I have been enjoying your recipes for at least 7 years now.
    Good luck on boys loving veggies. I raised 3 boys and we had our 3 veg everyday. Not nearly as inventive as you but they always ate everything I cooked. Even today they prefer their protein to veggies. Their wives love veggies so again they eat them but left to their own, Im sure they would soon revert to ‘hunter mode’ .
    Keep on treating us to your simple but delicious recipes.

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