These keto nachos are the perfect way to satisfy your cravings without compromising on your health goals. Packed with flavor and loaded with healthy ingredients, this nacho recipe is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and guilt-free snack with fun nacho toppings!
- Ingredient substitutions
- Additional ingredients
- Cooking tools required
- Tools substitute options
- How to make Keto Nachos: step-by-step guide
- How to make it healthier
- Time-saving tips
- What can I prepare ahead of time?
- Storage and reheating instructions
- Recipe wrap-up and conclusion
- Frequently asked questions
- 📖 Recipe
We have put away some nachos in our days, but these Keto Nachos are the new nacho king.
Every bite is crunchy and cheesy with a little bit of spice, just like a good plate of nachos should taste. And because of the general shape of pork rinds, they are a superior queso carrier than the more traditional corn tortilla chip.
Personally, corn has always been a problem in our diet. Pre-Keto a lot of our snacks and meals relied on highly processed corn products. Even after being keto for a while, a warm basket of tortilla chips at our favorite Mexican restaurant was our kryptonite.
But we know better now, corn is one of the biggest players in causing widespread inflammation. If you aren’t feeling 100% try keeping a food journal and identify the foods that cause issues and make substitutions when necessary. Eliminating foods that negatively affect your body is one of the quickest and easiest ways the feel your absolute best. However, sometimes finding which foods those are can be tricky.
Note: Make sure to check the labels of the ingredients to ensure they are keto-friendly and fit into your daily carb limit.
Cooking tools required
To make these low-carb Nachos, you will need the following cooking instruments:
Tools substitute options
If you don't have access to the tools mentioned above, there are some substitutes you can use:
How to make Keto Nachos: step-by-step guide
This recipe can be cooked using a variety of methods. Some options include:
- Heat 2 tablespoons of avocado oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
- Add the chicken thighs to the pan and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning and ½ teaspoon of salt over them.
- Cook it for 8-10 minutes or until it is browned and cooked through, stirring occasionally.
- Remove it from the pan and set it aside on a plate.
- In the same pan, add 2 bags of pork rinds and fry them for 1-2 minutes until they are golden and crispy.
- Remove the pork rinds from the pan and set them aside on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Spread the fried pork rinds in an even layer on a baking sheet.
- Pour the cooked chicken over the pork rinds and top with 8 ounces of queso cheese.
- Bake the nachos for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and top the pork rind nachos with diced avocado, pico de gallo, minced cilantro, thinly sliced radishes, sour cream, and sliced jalapeños.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Mix avocado oil, taco seasoning, and salt in a small bowl.
- Coat chicken in the seasoning mixture.
- Crush pork rinds and coat chicken in them.
- Place chicken on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until crispy.
- Dice avocado, mince cilantro, slice radishes, and jalapeños for toppings.
- Let the chicken cool for a few minutes.
- Spread sharp cheddar cheese and add toppings.
- Drizzle sour cream on top.
- Serve immediately and enjoy nacho flavors!
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
- Mix avocado oil, taco seasoning, and salt in a small bowl.
- Coat chicken pieces in seasoning mixture and add crushed pork rinds to separate bowl.
- Cook chicken mixture in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes.
- Heat queso cheese and layer pork rinds, chicken, and melted cheese on a serving platter.
- Add your favorite nacho toppings and serve immediately.
Chef's pro tip
One important tip for making delicious keto chicken nachos is to ensure that the chicken is evenly coated in the seasoning mixture and that the pork rind coating is crushed into small, even pieces. This will ensure that the chicken is flavorful and the coating is crispy and evenly distributed.
How to make it healthier
This is already a healthier version of regular nachos, but if you want something low carb you can make certain changes and have a healthy meal!
Here are some time-saving tips that can help you make this recipe quickly and efficiently when you're short on time:
What can I prepare ahead of time?
To save time and make the cooking process smoother, there are a few things you can prepare ahead of time. Firstly, you can marinate the chicken in taco seasoning, salt, and avocado oil for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
This will not only save time but will also help the chicken to absorb the flavors more thoroughly. You can do the same for beef mixtures if you're using beef in your recipe.
Additionally, you can make the pico de gallo, diced avocados, and sliced jalapeños a day in advance and store them in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator. You can also mince the cilantro and thinly slice the radishes in advance and store them separately as well.
Preparing these items ahead of time will help streamline the cooking process and allow you to focus on frying or baking the chicken and assembling the no-carb nachos without any interruptions.
Storage and reheating instructions
If you have any leftovers, make sure to store them properly to avoid spoilage. You can store the leftovers in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
When reheating the leftovers, you can microwave nachos in the oven. If you choose to reheat them in the microwave, make sure to cover the dish with a microwave-safe lid or wrap it to prevent the cheese from drying out.
Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the desired temperature is reached.
For reheating, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and spread the leftovers out evenly on a baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet with foil to prevent the cheese from burning.
Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the low-carb nacho chips are heated through.
Always make sure that the leftovers are reheated to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure that they are safe to eat.
Recipe wrap-up and conclusion
Low Carb Keto Nachos are a delicious and satisfying low-carb snack option that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their dietary restrictions.
This recipe is easy to follow and can be made in a variety of ways to suit your taste and cooking preferences.
Whether you choose to fry, bake, or air-fry your keto nachos cheese, they are sure to be a family favorite Mexican food.
Whether you are looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal or a crowd-pleasing party snack, these Keto Nachos are sure to be a hit. So why not give them a try and discover the delicious world of keto snacking today?
Some other great keto-friendly Mexican-inspired ideas:
- Sprinkle some Tajin Clasico seasoning on sliced cucumber, then dip the seasoned cuke slices in guac.
- Get rid of the rice, and whip up a batch of this Keto Mexican Cauliflower Rice
Frequently asked questions
- 8 ounces queso cheese we Siete Cashew Queso or Queso Blanco
- 2 avocados diced
- ½ cup pico de gallo
- ¼ cup minced cilantro
- 4 radishes thinly sliced
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 2 jalapeños sliced
- Heat the oil in a 10.5″ cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with the taco seasoning and the salt. Add to the pan in a single layer and cook 10-15 minutes only flipping occasionally. You want the chicken to get crispy.
- Place the pork rinds on a serving platter and drizzle with queso, top with chicken, avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro, sour cream, jalapeños, and radishes. Serve immediately.