Real Food Nachos



 Think nachos aren’t real food and can’t be healthy? Think again! Grass-fed beef, raw cheese, organic green peppers, homemade guacamole, sour cream, fresh salsa…What’s not to love?!?

Most store-bought corn chips, even organic ones have rancid vegetable oils like CONola…er, I mean canola or soybean oil. Safflower is better but, eh I could do without it. It’s actually really easy to make your own. Cheeseslave has a great recipe! Here’s another homemade tortilla chip recipe from Health Starts in the Kitchen. Don’t beat yourself up if you buy store-bought though! Choose organic so you don’t get GMO’s and try to get ones without canola oil especially.

Look for beans in BPA-free cans or glass jars. Better yet, soak and prepare your own. Here’s info on using dry beans by Kitchen Stewardship.

There are good jarred salsas out there but when tomatoes are in season there’s nothing like making your own. Check out this mouth-watering salsa recipe from Weed’em and Reap!

Guacamole can easily be made with 2-3 avocados, 1 lime, 1 clove of crushed garlic, salt and a little salsa. Need a real recipe? Here’s a yummy one from Thank Your Body!

You can make this as easy or as challenging as you want based on your make-from-scratch commitment. Sometimes you just need easy!!

Real Food Nachos


  • Organic tortilla chips
  • Ghee
  • 1-2 pounds grass-fed, organic ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 organic green pepper, chopped
  • Black olives (optional)
  • Approx. 2 cups kidney beans
  • Approx. 2 cups black beans
  • Chili powder, to taste
  • Onion powder, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Smoked paprika (optional), to taste
  • Raw cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spread corn chips on a large cookie sheet.
  3. In a sauté pan, could ground beef, onions and peppers in ghee.
  4. Season as needed.
  5. Add beans and olives and taste for seasonings.
  6. Spread over chips and evenly spread cheese over them.
  7. Bake in oven until cheese melts.
  8. Serve with your favorite salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

What’s your favorite quick and easy weekday meal?


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  1. jenn fuller says

    Can you make lard (ingredient for homemade chips) that doesn’t come from pork? I would rather use beef lard if possible instead. thoughts?


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