Football season doesn't need to be unhealthy

Here is a recipe that you can make for your next football Sunday that won't leave you feeling overstuffed, and friends asking for the recipe!

Mmmmm, nachos. A classic bar snack usually served up as a mountain of fried chips smothered in cheese — and totaling upwards of at least 500 calories.

If you’re in the mood for nachos, but not all the calories, here’s a recipe for Bell Pepper Nachos.

These Bell Pepper Nachos taste like nachos (the bell pepper strips are a surprisingly good substitute for tortilla chips!) but are actually healthy.

They’re loaded with veggies, packed with lean protein, and they’re less than 300 calories a serving.

In the recipe below, you’ll top wedges of sweet bell peppers with seasoned ground turkey, fresh pico de gallo, jalapeños, and sharp cheddar cheese (yes, these bell pepper nachos still have plenty of melted cheese — we’re not monsters, you know).

If you want to add a little more flair to your bell pepper nachos, top them with diced avocado or a dollop of low-fat Greek yogurt. And, if you seriously can’t live without tortilla chips, try it on top of some baked ones.

Tip: Packaged taco seasoning mix can be substituted for Taco Seasoning Blend. Look for a mix that doesn’t have a lot of salt.

Bell Pepper Nachos

This Bell Pepper Nachos recipe has less than 300 calories per serving. Instead of using chips to scoop up tasty toppings, these use thick slices of bell pepper!

Course Snack Cuisine Mexican Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 22 mins Total Time 37 mins Servings 2 servings Calories 296 kcal


Nonstick cooking spray

¼ medium onion chopped

8 oz raw 93% lean ground turkey

1 tsp. Taco Seasoning Blend

¼ cup water

1 medium orange bell pepper cut into 1-inch wide slices

¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 medium jalapeño seeds and veins removed, sliced (optional)

½ cup pico de gallo or fresh tomato salsa


Preheat oven to 375° F.

Heat medium saucepan, lightly coated with spray, over medium-high heat.

Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.Add turkey; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink.

Add Taco Seasoning Blend and water. Mix well; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until water evaporates.

Arrange peppers in an oven-proof baking dish; top with turkey mixture and cheese.Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, or until cheese melts.Divide pepper mixture evenly between two serving plates. Top with jalapeños (if desired) and pico de gallo; serve immediately.

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