Cheesy Bell Pepper Keto Nachos (Low Carb)

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These Cheesy Bell Pepper Keto Nachos are a delicious low carb snack or meal that you’ll completely devour! This recipe uses colorful bell peppers in place of the tortilla chips, making them the ultimate keto nacho recipe that takes no time to prepare!

ground beef and cheese on colorful bell peppers on a baking sheet

How to make keto nachos without chips

Making cheesy nachos delicious but also keto-friendly isn’t tough to do. You just need to have the right nacho “base.” And in this case, because layers of tortilla chips would add layers of carbs to our nachos, I nixed the chips and went for sliced bell peppers instead. The colors are so beautiful, and they serve as a fun and flavorful vessel. I baked the peppers a bit, but they will still maintain a crunch after being baked that will mimic those nacho chips.

This low carb nacho recipe is the best way to get in all those delicious nacho flavors without feeling guilty. I used ground beef in this recipe, but you can use any meat you desire. And if you need to have some sort of a crunchy chip, you still can. Keep reading.

Keto Nacho Ingredients:

  • Bell peppers: These serve as your “tortilla chips.” Try to use as many colors as you can as some peppers are sweeter than others.
  • Ground beef: You can use any ground meat you wish, but this adds the most flavor and is super juicy.
  • Homemade taco seasoning: You can use a pre-packaged taco seasoning if you are not strict keto.
  • Beef broth: Adds flavor and moisture to your beef.
  • Cheddar cheese: I used both yellow and white cheddar cheeses in this recipe for flavor and appearance.
  • Cilantro, lettuce, sour cream, jalapenos, tomatoes: A few keto topping ideas. See more below!

Step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

red yellow gree and orange sliced bell peppers on a baking sheet

Step 2: Wash and dry bell peppers then cut into small triangles. Place the cut peppers on a baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes.

ground beef with taco seasoning in a skillet

Step 3: While the peppers are in the oven, brown the ground beef in a skillet on the stove on medium heat then drain. Add your taco seasoning and beef broth and bring to a boil. Simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes with the lid off so that the seasoning can infuse with the ground beef.

ground meat in a skillet with taco seasoning and wooden spoon

Step 4:  Remove the lid and continue simmering until the taco meat reduces, and it becomes thick. You don’t want it liquidy. It needs to be nice and thick.

bell peppers being stuffed with ground beef mixture on baking sheet

Step 5: Spoon the ground beef mixture onto each green pepper covering from end to end as much as possible. You can cut the peppers into larger chunks, but we prefer to keep them smaller.

bell pepper slices stuffed with ground beef topped with shredded cheese

Step 6: Sprinkle the yellow cheddar cheese on top of the ground beef mixture then top with the white cheddar cheese. You can substitute different kinds of cheeses to change up the flavor, such as pepper jack cheese.

bell pepper nachos on baking sheet with melted cheese

Step 7: Place the baking sheet in the oven on the top shelf and bake for 5 minutes, then turn the oven to broil and continue baking for 1-2 minutes until the cheese melts and gets nice and bubbly.

keto melted beef nachos with chopped tomatoes, jalapenos, shredded lettuce and sour cream on baking sheet

Step 8: Remove from the oven and top with chopped cilantro, lettuce, sour cream, jalapenos, and cherry tomatoes.

Are nachos keto-friendly?

Your typical nachos are NOT keto-friendly. Two things that can make traditional nachos not great for the keto diet are the tortilla chips and any potential seasoning used.

This recipe, however, IS keto-friendly! I do not use nacho chips and instead use chopped bell peppers as the “chips,” which makes them not only low in carbs but more nutritious. You can make your nachos with Keto Cheese Crackers {Low Carb Friendly} or these Keto Tortilla Chips if you prefer.

Also, if you are following a strict keto diet, make sure to use my homemade taco seasoning instead of using the store-bought seasoning.

low carb nachos on a white plate with ground beef, cheese and veggies

Other keto-friendly/low carb nacho toppings

Nachos are so versatile and can really be changed up however you please. But because most of us are following a keto diet, our topping options are a bit limited. It is important to keep our toppings low in carbs but still tasty, of course.

Here is a list of keto nacho toppings that would go well on top or on the side:

  • Olives
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Avocados/Guacamole
  • Green or red onions
  • Freshly chopped cilantro/parsley/chives
  • Salsa (sugar-free)
  • Mushrooms

Other Meat Options for keto nachos

For these nachos, I used ground beef because it has a good amount of fat and flavor. If you want to change it up, you can swap out the beef for ground chicken, pork or turkey if you wish. You can even use shredded chicken or pork if you have that on hand!

 

Cheesy Bell Pepper Keto Nachos Recipe:

keto melted nacho cheese on top of ground beef and bell peppers on baking sheet
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Cheesy Bell Pepper Nachos (Keto/Low Carb)

These Cheesy Bell Pepper Keto Nachos are a delicious low carb snack or meal that you'll completely devour! This recipe uses colorful bell peppers in place of the tortilla chips, making them the ultimate low carb nacho recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 5
Calories: 419kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum

Ingredients

  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper
  • 1 large orange bell pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 TB homemade taco seasoning
  • cup beef broth
  • 6 oz shredded yellow cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz shredded white cheddar cheese
  • freshly chopped cilantro, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and sour cream *Optional Toppings

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Wash and dry your bell peppers, then cut into small triangles.
  • Place the cut peppers on a baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • While the peppers are in the oven, brown the ground beef in a skillet on the stove over medium heat. Drain any excess liquids.
  • Next, add taco seasoning and beef broth and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes with the lid off so that the seasoning can infuse with the ground beef.
  • Remove the lid and continue simmering until the taco meat reduces and becomes thick. You don’t want it liquidy. It should be nice and thick.
  • Spoon the ground beef mixture onto each bell pepper covering from end to end as much as possible.
  • Sprinkle the yellow cheddar cheese on top of the ground beef mixture then top with the white cheddar cheese.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven on the top shelf and bake for 5 minutes, then turn the oven to broil and broil for 1-2 minutes until the cheese melts and gets nice and bubbly. (Watch carefully as it can burn quickly!)
  • Remove from the oven and top with chopped cilantro, lettuce, sour cream, red onion, jalapenos, and tomatoes.

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Notes

Nutritional Information:
The nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on dividing the keto nachos into 5 equal-sized servings. 
You can use store-bought taco seasoning if you prefer, but if you are following a strict keto diet, make sure to use my homemade taco seasoning recipe above.
Other Topping Options:
  • Olives
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Avocados/Guacamole
  • Green or red onions
  • Freshly chopped cilantro/parsley/chives
  • Salsa (sugar-free)
  • Mushrooms

Nutrition

Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 557mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2335IU | Vitamin C: 124mg | Calcium: 425mg | Iron: 3mg
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ground beef keto nachos with bell peppers and toppings on baking sheet

 

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