When you’re craving nachos, here’s a yummy skinny option you: cheese and black bean nachos, from the Weight Watchers Power Foods cookbook (which is currently available at Weight Watchers Centers here in Arizona).
What makes these nachos lighter? Baked low-fat tortilla chips, reduced-fat monterey jack cheese, and a healthy dose of black beans instead of more fattening seasoned ground beef or chili.
Nachos have been a longtime family favorite since Mom began making them when I was a kid. She used canned chili and lots and lots of cheese back then. I thought they were delicious. Through the years I’ve eaten tons of nachos (both good and not-so good). My current favorites – super nachos from Richardon’s here in Phoenix – are hard to beat. Loaded with cheese, beans and chorizo, they’re certainly not what you would ever call Weight Watchers friendly.
Sometimes I want the flavor of nachos done lighter and healthier.
That’s where these Weight Watchers Skinny Cheese & Black Bean Nachos come in. They’re an easy, tasty and delicious lighter alternative that won’t weigh your down.
I made them for dinner recently when I was craving a nacho fix that wouldn’t blow the PointsPlus budget. I made a few changes to the recipe (as usual) which I’ve noted. Rod loved them too so I’ve added them to my recipe “favorites.”
- 36 baked low-fat tortilla chips
- 1 cup shredded fat-free Monterey Jack Cheese (I used reduced fat pepper jack instead)
- 1 can (14 to 15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 plum tomatoes, chopped (I used grape tomatoes and quartered them)
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (I omitted this)
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Lime wedges
- Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
- Arrange the tortilla chips in a single layer close together on the prepared baking sheet.
- Sprinkle evenly with the cheese.
- Top with the beans, tomatoes, scallions and jalapeno.
- Baked until heated through and the cheese is melted, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
More Weight Watchers Friendly Nacho Recipes
Beef Nachos – made with lean ground beef, diced tomatoes and refried beans (Weight Watchers)
Skinny Loaded Nachos – made with ground turkey and black bean dip (SkinnyTaste)
Weight Watchers Take-Out Tonight Nachos Supreme – as yummy as they sound (Culinary Covers)
15-Minute Black Bean Nachos – with black bean dip and guacamole (Emily Bites)