Bell Pepper Nachos

Bell Pepper Nachos

Mmmmm, nachos. A classic bar snack usually served up as a mountain of fried chips smothered in cheese — and totaling upwards of at least 500 calories.

If you’re in the mood for nachos, but not all the calories, here’s a recipe for Bell Pepper Nachos.

These Bell Pepper Nachos taste like nachos (the bell pepper strips are a surprisingly good substitute for tortilla chips!) but are actually healthy.

They’re loaded with veggies, packed with lean protein, and they’re less than 300 calories a serving.

In the recipe below, you’ll top wedges of sweet bell peppers with seasoned ground turkey, fresh pico de gallo, jalapeños, and sharp cheddar cheese (yes, these bell pepper nachos still have plenty of melted cheese — we’re not monsters, you know).

If you want to add a little more flair to your bell pepper nachos, top them with diced avocado or a dollop of low-fat Greek yogurt. And, if you seriously can’t live without tortilla chips, try it on top of these baked ones.

Tip: Packaged taco seasoning mix can be substituted for Taco Seasoning Blend. Look for a mix that doesn’t have a lot of salt.

Packed with lean protein, these Bell Pepper Nachos are a healthier snack featuring lean ground turkey, sharp cheddar cheese, and a savory taco seasoning.
4.43 from 28 votes

Bell Pepper Nachos

This Bell Pepper Nachos recipe has less than 300 calories per serving. Instead of using chips to scoop up tasty toppings, these use thick slices of bell pepper!
Course Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Servings 2 servings
Calories 296 kcal
Author BODi


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ¼ medium onion chopped
  • 8 oz raw 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. Taco Seasoning Blend
  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 medium orange bell pepper cut into 1-inch wide slices
  • ¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium jalapeño seeds and veins removed, sliced (optional)
  • ½ cup pico de gallo or fresh tomato salsa


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Heat medium saucepan, lightly coated with spray, over medium-high heat.

  3. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  4. Add turkey; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink.
  5. Add Taco Seasoning Blend and water. Mix well; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until water evaporates.

  6. Arrange peppers in an oven-proof baking dish; top with turkey mixture and cheese.
  7. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, or until cheese melts.
  8. Divide pepper mixture evenly between two serving plates. Top with jalapeños (if desired) and pico de gallo; serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Bell Pepper Nachos
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 642mg28%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 26g52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

P90X/P90X2 Portions
1 Protein
½ Dairy
2½ Vegetable

P90X3 Portions
1½ Carb
1½ Protein
1 Fat

Body Beast Portions
4 Vegetable
3 Protein
1 Fat

Container Equivalents
2 Green
1 Red
½ Blue

2B Mindset Plate It!
A great dinner option. Add an FFC for lunch.

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Recipe and photo by Amanda Meixner and Dani Paris