Low Carb Nachos on a Lazy Sunday

These low-carb keto nachos are:

  • Savory
  • Salty
  • Satisfying
  • Gluten-free

The main ingredients for these keto nachos include:

  • Pork rinds or Siete almond flour tortillas toasted , or the chips
  • Ground beef
  • Avocado
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream

Optional ingredients:

  • Olives
  • Chopped onion
  • Salsa
  • Bell peppers
  • Guacamole
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapenos
  • Your favorite veggies that are low carb

Health Benefits of Keto Nachos

Nachos might not seem like your go-to health food, but when transformed into a keto recipe, you might be surprised at the potential health benefits. Not only does this low-carb version of a Mexican classic help regulate blood sugar, but it also boosts heart health. 

Regulates Blood Sugar

You might be wondering if too much protein is a potential risk on the keto diet — a condition that is called gluconeogenesis. This is when your body turns your dietary protein into glucose in the absence of carbs. 

The truth is gluconeogenesis is a critical bodily function and there’s a reason your body has this process. In fact, the notion that too much protein can kick you out of ketosis or cause heart disease is based on bad science.

Protein has minimal effects on insulin levels, and fat has even less of an effect, suggesting that more protein and fat — and fewer carbs — are better for blood sugar regulation[*]. By regulating your blood sugar, you will likely feel a more sustained level of energy without the dips and spikes carbohydrates can cause. 

Heart Healthy

A few foods in this keto nacho recipe can promote a healthy heart. Avocados and grass-fed beef are the most abundant on the list, but adding low-carb, keto-friendly veggies will also promote heart health. 

Avocados

Avocados, whether you slice them up as a nacho topping or mash them into keto guacamole, are a powerhouse of healthy fats and nutrients. 

Avocados are high in potassium, an essential mineral and electrolyte that plays an important role in cardiovascular health, hydration, and muscle health. Adequate potassium is linked to lower blood pressure levels, which means a lower risk of heart attacks and stroke[*].

Just 100 grams of avocado contains about 14% or your daily dose of potassium — higher even than bananas, a famously high-potassium (but high sugar) fruit[*].

Grass-Fed Beef

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid found in high amounts in grass-fed and pastured meat and dairy products[*]. In fact, you’ll get anywhere from 300-500% more CLA in grass-fed beef and dairy than non-grass-fed animals[*]. Aside from the ethical concerns, this nutritional benefit is a great reason to switch to grass-fed or pastured (similar to grass-fed with some differences) beef, dairy, pork, chicken, and eggs.

Higher levels of CLA are linked to a lower risk of heart disease in population-based studies, although this could have more to do with the high vitamin K2 content of grass-fed meat and dairy.

Grass-fed and pastured beef are also higher in vitamin K2 than their conventional counterparts. Vitamin K2 is a nutrient that helps shuttle calcium from your bloodstream into your bones where it belongs[*]. This helps keeps your bones strong and mineralized while protecting against artery calcification.

Pork Rinds: The Secret Ingredient to Low-Carb Keto Nachos

Nacho chips are the foundation of any nacho recipe. And without your usual tortilla chip option, you might be wondering how to replace them. The answer? Pork rinds. Pork rinds are made with pork skin and fat, resulting in a delicious, crunchy, salty chip.

If the idea of pork rinds turns you off, you can try a low-carb Siete. Cheese chips are made by melting hard cheese on parchment paper and baking it in the oven so it hardens into a crisp. Using these cheesy crisps in this recipe might take your cheese consumption over the top, but that’s for you to decide.

Just beware if you’re using a low-carb tortilla chip or almond flour-based chip, they are higher in carbs than cheese chips or pork rinds. You might have to watch your serving size more closely. Check out more of the best alternative to ensure you stick within your macros.

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ lb ground beef
  • 1 ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ⅛ tsp onion powder
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 package (about 30g) pork rinds
  • ½ cup shredded grass-fed cheddar cheese

Optional additional ingredients: 

  • ¼ cup black olives, chopped
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup salsa

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large pan over medium heat, brown the ground beef. Drain the excess grease, and stir in the spices.
  2. In a large bowl, add pork rinds, beef, shredded cheddar, olives, avocado, sour cream, and salsa.
  3. Optional: Place your pork rinds (or alternative chip) and cheese on a baking sheet, and melt the cheese before adding the rest of your ingredients.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 984
  • Fat: 65.5g
  • Carbohydrates:13.9g (5.5g net)
  • Protein: 83.2g

If the idea of pork rinds turns you off, you can try a low-carb Siete. Cheese chips are made by melting hard cheese on parchment paper and baking it in the oven so it hardens into a crisp. Using these cheesy crisps in this recipe might take your cheese consumption over the top, but that’s for you to decide.

Just beware if you’re using a low-carb tortilla chip or almond flour-based chip, they are higher in carbs than cheese chips or pork rinds. You might have to watch your serving size more closely. Check out more of the best alternative to ensure you stick within your macros.

To learn more about how you can reach optimal health set up a free 45 minute Discovery Call to discuss your individualized plan. There is no time like the present to get a jump start on your health.

Samantha Lee Lander
314.724.5040
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Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach, NESTA Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM Wellness and Nutrition Coach, and Metabolic Typing.  

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