These low-carb nachos use zucchini slices in place of tortilla chips and ground chicken instead of beef as a healthier alternative to traditional nachos. Ground turkey also works well. You’ll never miss the chips! Feel free to use your favorite toppings.

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Zucchini Nachos
Nutrition Info Print Recipe
  • Prep: 45 m
  • Cook: 15 m
  • Additional: 30 m
  • Total: 1 h 30 m
  • Servings:


  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 lb ground chicken lean
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream low-fat
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 jalapeno pepper thinly sliced (optional)
  • 3 green onions green parts chopped


  1. Cut zucchini into 1/4-inch slices using a mandoline slicer. Place slices in a colander, sprinkle with salt, and toss to coat. Let drain for 30 minutes. Place slices on a clean kitchen towel and pat dry.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a 12x18-inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned, breaking meat up into small crumbles, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and discard any accumulated liquid.
  4. Return skillet to low heat and stir in chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, salt, oregano, and black pepper. Keep warm.
  5. Place zucchini slices on the prepared baking pan in a single layer.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove zucchini from oven and top with chicken mixture and shredded Cheddar cheese. Return to the hot oven and bake until cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  8. Top nachos with dollops of sour cream, pico de gallo, jalapeno, and green onions. Serve immediately.
  9. Cook's Note: I try and find medium zucchini that are approximately 2 inches in diameter and 10 to 12 ounces each.
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