Hey everybody! My friend and fellow Whole30 Certified Coach Judith asked me to stop by and share a little with you today about one of my favorite Whole30 comfort foods… nachos. Wait, what? Nachos can’t be Whole30 compliant, can they? Well yes, as a matter of fact they can, and I am here today to tell you how to make the magic happen in the kitchen. With the nachos that is – at least for this guest post anyway!
If you know me, you know that nachos and me are like peas and carrots. Nachos have been there for me when no one else has. They are undoubtedly the epitome of comfort food for me and aside from that they are just freaking delicious.
Who doesn’t like piles of crispy chips, spicy chili, chicken, steak, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, ooey gooey cheese, beans, and jalapenos? I mean, if you don’t we probably can’t be friends – just kidding! But you are missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures. Just saying!
But Amy…. I am on Whole30!!! I can’t have nachos!!! FAKE NEWS. I don’t know about you but nachos are with me for the long haul. However, since Whole30 has increasingly become a bigger part of my daily life I have realized they don’t really make me feel all that great after I eat them.
Don’t get me wrong, the real deal nacho mountain with corn tortilla chips (or Siete grain-free chips at least) will likely always make an occasional appearance in MY Food Freedom. But for the most part nowadays I make a wide variety of new and improved versions at home. And so can you!
So, the coolest thing about making your own healthy nachos is that they can be anything at all. This is a fantastic way to use up leftovers which is 100% my jam because… single Mom budget. All you need is a base, I like potatoes, some type of protein and a whole bunch of toppings.
Here are some of the tried and true Whole30 compliant nacho making methods I have come to count on in my hours of need.
Take for example these Buffalo Ranch Chicken Chips. The base is just thinly sliced (pre-baked and re-baked) oven baked potatoes brushed with a little fat of your choice. Cook those babies in a 450-degree oven so they actually become baked chips. For this particular version, I had leftover grilled chicken that I tossed with The New Primal Buffalo sauce. I then drizzled the chicken with more of TNP’s Buffalo, Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing, and sliced green onions. One of my favorite Whole30 hacks is to bake a bunch of potatoes at the beginning of the week and store them in the fridge for other recipes later, like nachos (chips) and crispy breakfast potatoes for hash, etc.
Another favorite variation of Whole30 compliant nachos is the Sweet Potato Chips and Chili version. This is more of a fall/winter go-to for me so pretty it’s much perfect to start working into the rotation for your September Whole30. Unlike white potatoes I find you have to start with thinly-sliced raw sweet potatoes and either fry them quickly in the fat of your choice or brush with oil and bake in a very hot oven till brown and crispy. Then load them up! This plate is Mel Joulwan’s Chocolate Chili topped with guacamole, red onion and taco seasoning and it is off the chain delish!
I am also a big fan of Loaded Fries, so they are getting an honorable mention here too. Potato wedges brushed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and baked until crispy really just beg to be doused in ranch dressing, bacon bits, green onions, and tomatoes — don’t they? Trust me, they do!
Now, before you go getting all worried about me I am not eating Whole30 nachos and loaded fries every day, but once in a while they really hit the spot. My kids love these types of recipes too and often they have no clue it’s “that Whole30 stuff again,” they just gobble it up. And the best part is that these meals include all of the elements of your meal template – Protein, vegetables, and fat!
And for all of you who love to party and entertain like me, it IS football season and the holidays are right around the corner. I promise if you make any of these (or your own variation) in a sheet pan version that your guests will be very happy humans.
Thanks for letting me chat here with you today. I hope this made you drool or at least gave you a few good ideas on how to change up your Whole30 game just a little now and then! Good luck on the rest of your September Whole30!! You got this!