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Sweet Potato Nachos

Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time: 20 minutes / Makes: 4 servings


2-3 medium sweet potatoes, sliced into ¼-inch rounds
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup low-fat cheese, shredded
1 avocado, chopped
1/2 cup tomato salsa, or more to taste
*Optional  toppings: red onion, fresh tomato, lime juice, cilantro, fresh jalapenos, grilled chicken, ground turkey, corn, green onion, plain Greek yogurt


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, stir together sweet potatoes with chili powder and oil.  Layer potatoes on large baking sheet.  Bake for 18-20 minutes until cooked through.  A little browning is OK.
  • When potatoes are done, top with black beans and cheese.  Return to oven until cheese melts.  Top with avocado and tomato salsa.  Enjoy!

Nutrition Information per Serving (1/4 of recipe)
Calories: 329, Total Fat: 14 grams, Saturated Fat: 3.5 grams, Sodium: 582 milligrams, Carbohydrates: 36 grams, Fiber: 13 grams, Sugar: 4 grams, Protein: 16 grams

Recipe slightly adapted from Judy Barbe, RDN and author of Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest, Simple Solutions for Fresh Food & Well Being