Healthier Nachos

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I love Mexican food. Probably because my mom never made it when I was a kid. The crazy woman doesn't like tacos and hardly likes cheese. Sometimes I wonder how we can be related.

For the longest time, my Mexican food cravings needed to be fulfilled by Taco Bell which is kind of sad. Recently we found a place nearby called Taco Love Grill that serves authentic Mexican tacos and some of the best nachos ever. They are INCREDIBLE!

However, they probably aren't the healthiest things out there, so I was thrilled when I found this recipe in the New Abs Diet Cookbook. I have no idea why I didn't think to do this before, since this is essentially how Tom eats tacos, except he crushes up the chips.



Healthier Nachos 
(aka A Thinner Mexican Dinner)
Adapted from: The New Abs Diet Cookbook
Servings: 4
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Ingredients:
    • 1 lb. very lean ground beef
    • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tbsp. chili powder
    • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
    • 1 cup lettuce, shredded
    • 1/2 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese
    • reduced-fat tortilla chips
    • lime juice
    • sour cream, optional
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with foil.
2. Divide the tortilla chips into 4 servings and place on the baking sheet. Divide the cheddar cheese on top. Set aside.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the ground beef until browned. Stir in the black beans, garlic, chili powder, cayenne and water. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and set aside.
4. Place the tortilla chips in the oven and broil for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
5. Transfer to plates and top with the ground beef mixture. Then top with the lettuce and tomatoes and a squeeze of lime juice.

This doesn't taste healthy at all, which is a major bonus. Granted, if you really want these to be nachos, you'll need to add quite a bit more cheese, but unless you add a cup or more, you're still keeping this pretty healthy. 

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