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Low-Carb Keto Nachos

Craving Mexican on keto? Love nachos? These low-carb, keto nachos pack all the flavor of traditional nachos with a fraction of the carbs.

Keto Nachos

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There’s nothing better than a solid nachos recipe. Nachos aren’t just popular because they taste amazing — they’re also easy and quick to prepare. Simply buy your nacho toppings — tortilla chips, meat, cheese, and cilantro — and put them all together at home.

But what happens when you go keto? Suddenly, your go-to Mexican favorite with its crunchy corn tortilla chips are off the table.

And if you love nachos, you know how tough it can be to give up that familiar taste and crunch.

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Luckily, there’s a keto option that’s just as good, if not better.

These keto nachos are the ultimate keto-friendly dinner option for busy weeknights or a great addition to your next Super Bowl party. With a 20-minute prep time, they’re just as simple as their high-carb counterparts.

These might even become a staple of your low-carb diet, with just 5.5 grams of net carbs and a whopping 83 grams of protein per plate.

These low-carb nachos are:

  • Savory
  • Salty
  • Satisfying
  • Gluten-free

The main ingredients for these keto nachos include:

  • Ground beef
  • Avocado
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream

Optional additional ingredients:

  • Olives
  • Chopped onion
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole

Health Benefits of Keto Nachos

#1: Regulates Blood Sugar

You might be wondering if too much protein is good for you, especially if you’re on a keto diet.

But the notion that too much protein causes heart disease or can kick you out of ketosis is based in bad science.

In fact, protein has minimal effect on insulin levels, and fat has even less of an effect, suggesting that more protein and fat — and fewer carbs — are better for blood sugar regulation[*].

Protein also reduces ghrelin levels — your “hunger hormone” or the hormone that signals to your body that you’re ready for more food[*].

So, it’s likely that more protein will actually help with cravings and blood sugar regulation. Time to add more ground beef to your keto nachos.

#2: Heart Healthy

Avocados, whether you slice them up as a nacho topping or mash them into keto guacamole, are a powerhouse of nutrition.

Avocados are high in potassium, an essential mineral and electrolyte that plays an important role in heart health.

Just 100 grams of avocado contains about 14% or your daily dose of potassium — higher than even bananas, a famously high-potassium fruit[*].

Adequate potassium is linked to lower blood pressure levels, which means a lower risk of heart attacks and stroke[*].

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid found in high amounts in pastured meat and dairy products[*]. In fact, you’ll get anywhere from 300-500% more CLA in grass-fed beef and dairy than conventionally-raised[*].

Higher levels of CLA are linked to a lower risk of heart disease in population-based studies[*], although this could have more to do with the high vitamin K2 content of grass-fed meat and dairy.

Vitamin K2 is a nutrient that helps shuttle calcium from your bloodstream into your bones where it belongs. That helps keeps your bones strong and mineralized and protects against artery calcification.

Low-Carb Keto Nachos

Nacho chips are the foundation of your nacho recipe. And without your usual tortilla chip option, you might be wondering how pork rinds hold up.

Pork rinds are usually made with the pork skin and fat, resulting in a delicious, crunchy, salty chip.

If the idea of pork rinds turns you off, you can try a low-carb almond flour-based chip, or a cheese chip. Cheese chips are made by melting a hard cheese onto wax paper and letting it harden into a crisp.

Just beware if you’re using a low-carb tortilla chip or almond flour-based chip — these are higher in carbs than cheese chips or pork rinds and you might have to watch your serving size.

For more on the best low-carb chip substitutes, check out this article.

Nachos are a favorite among family and friends and now you have the option of making them keto friendly. Try these keto nachos before your next group gathering and watch them disappear right before your eyes as they become a party staple.

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Low-Carb Keto Nachos

Keto Nachos

Craving Mexican on keto? Love nachos? These low-carb, keto nachos pack all the flavor of traditional nachos with a fraction of the carbs.

  • Author: Sara Nelson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
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Ingredients

  • lb ground beef
  • 1 ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ⅛ tsp onion powder
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 package (about 30g) pork rinds
  • ½ cup shredded grass-fed cheddar cheese

Optional additional ingredients:

  • ¼ cup black olives, chopped
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup salsa

Instructions

  1. In a large pan over medium heat, brown ground beef. Drain excess grease and stir in spices.
  2. In a large bowl, add pork rinds, beef, shredded cheddar, olives, avocado, sour cream, and salsa.
  3. You can try placing your pork rinds and cheese on a baking sheet and melting the cheese before adding the rest of your ingredients.
  4. Enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 984
  • Fat: 65.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.9g (5.5g net)
  • Protein: 83.2g

Keywords: Keto Nachos

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