Monday, October 24, 2011

Turkey Nachos

This season, I have watched more football and baseball than I have in probably the last ten years.  Being married has definitely changed what I watch on television.  But the positive side is that I'm starting to understand and like football now.

Because the world series and football are basically intertwined right now, I figured I would make a meal that was game-day friendly and wouldn't take much time to make.

 I ran across the website not too long ago and have been trying to make more healthy meals.  She has a recipe for Loaded nachos that I decided to try out.  Nachos carry a lot of punch in such a convenient bite that it seemed perfect for our afternoon of sports.

Turkey Nachos
adapted from
8 oz Baked Tostitos Scoops
1 lb 99% lean turkey breast
1 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons lime juice
salt and pepper
1 cup fat free Refried Beans 
1 1/3 cup reduced fat Mexican cheese 
2 cups fresh tomato salsa
1/2 cup light sour cream
2/3 cup fresh cilantro
1 small jalapeno finely chopped

1) Preheat oven to 425°. Place chips on four oven-proof dishes or one large baking sheet.
2) Heat a large nonstick sauté pan over high heat. Add turkey and season with cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and lime juice and sauté until cooked through.
3) Spoon the turkey mixture over the chips and sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake until cheese melts, about 6 minutes.
4) Remove the nachos from the oven, top with beans, salsa, sour cream, cilantro, and jalapeno. Serve immediately.

I was a little nervous using turkey just because beef seems more nacho appropriate to me, but they turned out fantastically.  The flavors all layered together for the perfect harmony in each bite.  The creaminess from the sour cream balanced the spiciness of the jalapeno.  The spices on the turkey made it bold enough to stand up to all the other flavors.  These nachos are so great and flavorful that you don't miss the pounds of cheese that are normally on nachos.

Definitely a great game day staple for any sport.

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