Recipe Makeover: Pork and Pinto Bean Nachos

Underneath all the fat in American-style nachos lies some healthy eating. We put a classic fast food into a good nutritional niche.

Pork and Pinto Bean Nachos recipe

Becky Luigart-Stayner

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A plate of nachos―with heaps of ground beef, cheese sauce, lard-refried beans, guacamole, and sour cream over fried and salted tortilla chips―satisfies a comfort-food craving. A lot less comforting: That nacho serving exceeds daily needs for sodium, saturated fat, and calories for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

We could see the good-for-you potential in the meat, veggies, and avocados, but didn’t want to skimp on the crunchy-salty-cheesy deliciousness in our lighter version. So our recipe features regular tortilla chips covered with bacon-studded beans. We shred roasted lean pork tenderloin and scatter the bits over the bean layer. A bit of finely shaved low-fat cheese and a salsa with avocado top the dish in place of mounds of guacamole, sour cream, and cheese sauce. Serve with a cool margarita… and don’t feel bad about taking a nice siesta afterward.
 

OLD WAY  |  NEW WAY
1,258 calories per serving  |   517 calories per serving
74.6 grams total fat  |  26.9 grams total fat
29 grams saturated fat  |  6.8 grams saturated fat
2,199 milligrams sodium  |  991 milligrams sodium
Ground beef  |  Shredded pork tenderloin
12 ounces shredded full-fat cheese  |  5 ounces finely shredded reduced-fat cheese
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