Healthy Nachos (grain, soy & dairy free)

January 13, 2019

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Though Jules can’t eat grain, soy or dairy, that doesn’t mean we can’t all still enjoy a plate of nachos together! This is a great version that is friendly for many restricted diets, but good enough that the whole family (even the kids) will love it.

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5 from 3 votes

Healthy Nachos (grain, soy & dairy free)

A healthier take on nachos when you're craving the flavor but don't want all the carbs. Friendly to many allergy types and something even kids love to eat. 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: healthy, nachos, vegetables
Servings: 2


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium zucchini small diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion small diced
  • taco seasoning see below
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 7-8 cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 10 mini sweet bell peppers stem removed, cut in half, scooped out
  • 10 leaves endive
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup vegan mozzarella regular cheese if preferred
  • 1 small avocado peeled, pit removed, diced
  • 1 lime
  • 1 small handful cilantro leaves
  • salsa your favorite kind
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


  • In a cast iron pan, add the olive oil, zucchini, onion, taco seasoning, garlic, and cherry tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and sauté until the onion turns translucent and the tomatoes break down. Add a couple tablespoons of water if needed to loosen the fond from the pan.
  • Add the ground turkey and cook on medium low heat until no more moisture remains in the pan. 
  • On a pizza pan, spread out the peppers and endive evenly in one layer. Top with 1/2 cup of the vegan cheese. 
  • Add the meat and vegetable mixture over the peppers and endive and top with the remaining cheese. Put under the broiler for 1-2 minutes, until the cheese just melts.
  • Mix the avocado with a squeeze of lime juice from the lime. Season with salt and toss together. Spread it on top of the nachos along with a few spoonfuls of your favorite salsa and the cilantro leaves. If you like, give another squeeze of lime juice evenly across the nachos. 

What do you think?

  1. Jen says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe multiple times now and we love them! It’s becoming a part of our regular rotation of meals. Thanks so much, Chris!

  2. Krystal says:

    I have no dietary restrictions but am on a mission to eat healthier. Using roasted peppers is how I eat nachos now and even my son was surprised how much he liked it. It so does not feel like you are missing out!

  3. Kate says:

    5 stars
    I’m starving now! We also have to eat gluten, dairy, soy & grain free so thanks for this & would love to see more like it.

  4. Julie S says:

    You are making me hungry! I like the addition of some zucchini to bulk it out. FYI there’s a grain free tortilla chip that is recently on the market and it’s EXCELLENT – Siete brand – and available thru Vitacost etc if not at your local crunchy store. The lime flavor is bomb.

  5. Alycia says:

    This looks so good! I can’t quite figure out the brand of cheese that is?? Thanks in advance!

  6. Nikki says:

    5 stars
    These nachos sound delicious!! Can not wait to try! What a great idea to use endive for some crunch. Have you tried Siete tortilla chips? They are grain, soy, dairy free. Pricey, but good. I may try mixing in a few with the endive.

    • Chris says:

      We have and they’re super good! We find that Jules does well with higher ratios of vegetables so we go with this for meals, and save the chips for snacks.

  7. Neha says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve got Hashi’s as well and am moving into grain-free, but practice soy, egg, gluten and dairy free already. I love the peppers as chips. I’ve been subbing the Siete chips, but more veggies is even better. Great idea! Can’t wait to make them.

  8. Jen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’m also on a restricted diet for health reasons and find this so helpful! Looks delicious – I’ll be making it soon!

  9. Gail Mayo says:

    YUM! What brand of cheese do you use?

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