a better nacho

06.14.10

This summer at Camp Endeavor I will be leading a lot of cooking classes and I couldn’t be more excited! Last year we made Spring Rolls and they were a big hit, I love seeing kids try new foods and enjoy things they don’t think they will. I wanted to test out some new recipes before camp starts and this one is so delicious I had to share!

After watching Food Revolution, I was really inspired by Jamie’s addition of vegetables in everyday dishes like sloppy joes and nachos. In a quest for healthier alternatives to kid favorites I thought that nachos would be a great meal to have the kids at camp prepare as well as a recipe that they could then prepare for their families once they returned home.

The mission: Make nachos into a healthy meal and include as many vegetables as possible.

The result: A filling, well-rounded meal that is stuffed with vegetables and enjoyed by everyone – kids and adults.

Beef & Veggie Nachos - 4 servings

  • 16 oz grassfed beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 4 oz mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can fiesta corn, drained
  • seasonings: cumin, cayenne pepper, salt & pepper
  • tortilla chips
  • shredded cheese
  • toppings: chopped tomatoes, green onions, black olives, lettuce, salsa and sour cream
  • 1 can refried black beans

Heat large pan. Add beef and onions to pan, cooking for about 4 minutes. Add zucchini, mushrooms, peppers and seasonings. Let simmer until no pink meat remains, about 4-5 minutes.

Heat can of refried beans or black beans and turn on broiler. Layer tortilla chips on pan. Top with beans, beef mixture and top with a sprinkle of cheese. Broil until the cheese has melted, about 3-4 minutes.

Serve nachos with additional toppings and napkins. :)



25 Comments ( Reply )

  1. leashieloo
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    Looks very fresh and delicious, I’ll have to try this out.

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  2. leashieloo
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    Looks very fresh and delicious, I’ll have to try this out.

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  3. Mo@MommyRD
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    Yum, I can never eat just plain meat and cheese nachos. I love the addition of fresh veggies.

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  4. Mo@MommyRD
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    Yum, I can never eat just plain meat and cheese nachos. I love the addition of fresh veggies.

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  5. Angharad
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    Here, here! I think this is an ace idea. I was actually thinking about making healthy nachos last night but didn’t quite have enough veg on hand! I would vote for black beans in this too!

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  6. Angharad
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    Here, here! I think this is an ace idea. I was actually thinking about making healthy nachos last night but didn’t quite have enough veg on hand! I would vote for black beans in this too!

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  7. actorsdiet
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    great job! i know the kiddies will love it.

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  8. actorsdiet
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    great job! i know the kiddies will love it.

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  9. mama1024
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

    and avocado! don’t forget the avocado!

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  10. mama1024
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

    and avocado! don’t forget the avocado!

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  11. mary beth hughes
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    yum! i am craving nachos right now. is this day over yet?

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  12. mary beth hughes
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    yum! i am craving nachos right now. is this day over yet?

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  13. and flowers pick themselves
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

    oooh, yes please!

    xo Alison

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  14. and flowers pick themselves
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

    oooh, yes please!

    xo Alison

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  15. thehealthyjunky
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

    Yum! These nachos look good. I should have had these tonight instead of my mexican quesadilla.

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  16. thehealthyjunky
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

    Yum! These nachos look good. I should have had these tonight instead of my mexican quesadilla.

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  17. Kate
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

    sounds good! i really really the concept of the camp too (your link wasn’t working but i googled it). really important lessons you guys are teaching.

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  18. Kate
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

    sounds good! i really really the concept of the camp too (your link wasn’t working but i googled it). really important lessons you guys are teaching.

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  19. Jennifer
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

    I love this!! I am always looking for as many ways as possible to cram a ton of veggies into every meal! :)

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  20. Jennifer
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

    I love this!! I am always looking for as many ways as possible to cram a ton of veggies into every meal! :)

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  21. Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    Love it!
    Sounds like a great job! I bet it is fun working with the kids!

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  22. Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    Love it!
    Sounds like a great job! I bet it is fun working with the kids!

    Reply

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