Bell Pepper Nachos

Bell Pepper Nachos

Ah, 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. Time for some healthy nachos.

To trim down 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! Give them a try and tell us what you think.

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). You’ll want to devour them as soon as you pull them out of the oven! Do it, and you’ll be chowing down on two full servings of veggies.

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.

Bell Pepper Nachos Recipe
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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 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 296 kcal
Author Beachbody


  • 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 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

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

Nutrition Facts
Bell Pepper Nachos
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 642mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 26g 52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 296
Total Fat: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 6 g
Cholesterol: 99 mg
Sodium: 642 mg
Carbohydrates: 15 g
Fiber: 4 g
Sugars: 6 g
Protein: 26 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions
1 Protein
2½ Vegetables
½ Dairy

P90X3 Portions
1½ Carb
1½ Protein
1 Fat

Body Beast Portions
4 Vegetables
3 Proteins
1 Fat

Portion Fix Containers
2 Green
1 Red
½ Blue

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Recipe and photo by Amanda Meixner and Dani Paris