11 Healthy Nachos Recipes For Kids

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Nachos are fried or baked tortilla chips often served with melted cheese and different toppings. They are often a favorite snack time option for kids. Hence, we have put together some easy nacho recipes for kids to give a creative and healthy twist to your children’s snack of choice. By adding a healthy portion of vegetables, you can turn this snack into a nutritious one.

Read on to make these dishes as is or create your own versions by experimenting with different ingredients or customizing them according to your little one’s tastes.

11 Simple Nachos Recipes For Kids

1. Easy Nachos Recipe:

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You need:

  • Tomatoes
  • Corns
  • Kidney beans
  • Ground cumin and paprika
  • Onion flakes
  • Diced bacon (or any meat of choice – you can also skip this to make it a vegetarian recipe)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Corn chips
  • Salt and pepper

How to:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degree C. Spray some cooking spray on the oven tray and line the corn chips.
  2. In a pan, cook the meat and keep aside.
  3. Place the tomatoes in a bowl and mash with your hands to create a lumpy texture. Add the corn, kidney beans, cumin, paprika flakes and the meat pieces. Add salt and pepper as per taste. Stir well. If it gets too liquidy due to the tomatoes, drain away some of the juice.
  4. Place this mix on top of the corn chips in the oven tray. Top with cheese.
  5. Bake this in the oven for about twenty minutes or till the cheese melts.

2. Healthy Avocados Nachos Recipe:

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You need:

  • Corn chips
  • Cheese
  • Black or red kidney beans
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sour cream

For the salsa:

  • Chopped tomatoes, green and red capsicum, red onion, coriander leaves, sugar, salt and pepper.

How to:

  1. In a bowl mix all the ingredients for the salsa and keep aside
  2. Heat a grill. Place the corn chips on a plate and add some cheese. Now add the beans and a bit of the salsa. Keep layering in the same way.
  3. Place it in the oven and grill it for about 3 to 4 minutes or till the cheese is melted.
  4. Serve this with the salsa, avocado and sour cream.

3. Cheese Nachos:

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You need:

  • Mild taco sauce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Nacho chips
  • Sour cream optional
  • Black olives sliced

How to:

  1. In a microwave plate layer the chips in a single layer.
  2. Add the taco sauce over the chips. Sprinkle with cheese. Add the olives.
  3. Microwave this for about a minute or till the cheese melts.
  4. Serve the sour cream as a dip.

4. Baked Nachos:

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You need:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Black beans
  • Meat of choice
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • For topping – lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, black olives, onion, jalapeno pepper, salsa and sour cream

How to:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cover a baking dish with foil and spray with some cooking spray. Add the nachos at the bottom of the dish in single layer. Layer with meat and beans. Add the cheese on top.
  3. Bake this for about ten minutes or till the cheese gets melted. As it is baking, chop and dice the topping ingredients.
  4. Get out of the oven and add the toppings.

5. Vegetable Nachos:

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You need:

  • Olive oil
  • Chopped onion, tomatoes, garlic, fresh coriander
  • Pinto beans
  • Corn chips
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream

How to:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a pan, heat the oil and add the onion and garlic. Cook for about five minutes. Add the tomatoes and beans. Add some water or let it cook in the juice of the tomato. Let the mix come to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook on simmer for about fifteen minutes or till the mixture becomes thick.
  3. Place the corn chips in an oven plate. Add the mix on top and sprinkle cheese. Bake this for about ten minutes or till the cheese starts to melt.
  4. Serve with the sour cream and coriander.

6. Minced Meat Nachos:

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You need:

  • Minced meat of choice
  • Beans
  • Mexican styled tomato mix
  • Nacho cheese corn chips
  • Grated cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped chives or spring onions

How to:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and cook the meat. Add the beans and tomato mix. Cook on simmer for about ten minutes.
  2. Place the chips in a bowl and layer with the minced meat mix. Add cheese on top. You can grill this for about a few minutes till the cheese starts to melt.
  3. Add the sour cream and chopped chives or spring onions.

7. Nachos Wrap:

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You need:

  • Soft wraps or Indian rotis / tortillas
  • Refried beans
  • Diced or chopped tomatoes, onion, coriander
  • Shredded cheese
  • Avocado dip
  • Mild Mexican sauce

How to:

  1. Spread the rotis or wraps with the refried beans. In a bowl, add the tomatoes, onions and coriander. Mix well and place in the wrap. Top with cheese. Add some dip and sauce. Roll and close.
  2. Heat a sandwich press and toast the wraps on each side for about three minutes or till it starts to turn golden brown. You can also do this in a pan. Serve with the sauce.

8. Nachos Salad:

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You need:

  • Light sour cream
  • Shredded barbecue chicken (optional)
  • Corn chips
  • Diced avocado
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Chopped fresh coriander
  • Warm water

How to:

  1. In a small bowl, add the sour cream and a little warm water. Mix well.
  2. Place the corn chips in a dish and layer with chicken, sour cream mix, avocado, sauce and coriander. Place chips on top and repeat the layer again.

9. Strawberry Nachos:

You need:

How to:

  1. In a bowl mix the sugar, almond extract and strawberries. Cover this and refrigerate for about an hour.
  2. In a bowl, mix the sour cream, some sugar and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Brush one side of tortillas with melted butter. Cut the tortilla into wedges and arrange on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Sprinkle the tortillas with sugar and cinnamon. Bake for about eight minutes or till crisp. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  5. Top the tortilla wedge with the strawberry mix and sour cream. Top with the toasted almonds and chocolate.

10. Nachos Casserole:

You need:

  • Cheddar cheese soup
  • Low fat milk
  • Mild salsa
  • Baked tortilla chips
  • Refried beans
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

How to:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a baking dish, add the milk and soup to spread evenly. Add the slasa and chips. Layer with beans. Layer again with chips and salsa. Add the cheese.
  2. Bake for about twenty minutes.

11. Cheesy Nachos With Jalapeno:

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You Will Need:

  • 1 bag of white corn chips
  • 1 jar of sliced jalapenos – optional
  • 3 cups of freshly grated cheese

How To:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the chips in an oven safe dish and add the cheese and jalapenos in layers. Repeat the layers as you want, with the chips, cheese, and jalapenos.
  3. Once done, bake till all the cheese melts. This is one quick snacks for kids.

Nachos are one of the childrens’ favorite snacking options. The good news for parents is they can customize the toppings and sides. You may prepare the healthier version of nachos without compromising the taste and quality when made at home. Here we have listed such nachos recipes for kids. You can make these recipes as per your child’s preference. To make the snack more appetizing, cook them along with your child and snack together while watching their favorite movie.

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Ria Saha

Ria is a techie-turned-writer and writes articles on health, with special emphasis on nutrition. She did her B.Tech from West Bengal University of Technology and was previously associated with IBM as SAP ABAP technical consultant. She moved into freelance content writing in 2013 and worked for various websites including MomJunction, Brainpulse Technologies, and Emarketz India.

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