What could be better than digging into a big ole pile of Keto Nachos with all your favorite toppings? Now you can enjoy this guilty-pleasure food but without any of the guilt. Just imagine low-carb chips topped with perfectly-seasoned ground beef, plenty of cheese, and anything else your heart desires. (I love adding sliced jalapeños, guacamole, and lime!)
Whether you’re looking for the perfect game day food or just craving a cheesy, hearty platter, this entire recipe can be ready in less than 30 minutes. So what are you waiting for? Dig in!
I have a love/hate relationship with eating at Mexican restaurants on a keto diet. I love the food… but it’s so hard to resist the tortilla chips!
To be honest, our whole family is pretty chip-obsessed. Nachos are one of our top guilty pleasures when we go out to eat. But thanks to this recipe for Keto Nachos, now we can enjoy our favorite food without all the unwanted carbs (or guilt!)
Best of all, this big pile of deliciousness is so easy to make. The whole thing can be ready in less than 30 minutes! Just cook up ground beef with Mexican-inspired seasonings, spoon over low carb nacho chips, add your cheese, and toss it in the oven. It couldn’t be easier.
And if you ask me, getting to add all my favorite toppings after they bake makes homemade nachos taste even better than the restaurant version. They’re perfect for a game-day snack, a weeknight meal, and everything in between!
- Keto Chips - I like to use homemade gluten-free seasoned keto tortilla chips recipe or tortilla chips made with my almond flour tortillas. If you don’t have time to make tortillas, you can use purchased low-carb tortillas to make chips.
- Cheese - The second most important ingredient in low-carb nachos. I like to use cheddar cheese, but you’re welcome to use pepper jack cheese or any combination of shredded cheeses you prefer.
- Ground Beef - I recommend using 8 ounces of 85% lean ground beef.
- Onion and Garlic - These ingredients add so much flavor. I strongly recommend using fresh instead of powdered.
- Seasonings - A combination of chili powder, cumin, chipotle chili powder, salt, and pepper will bring your nachos to life.
Tips & Tricks
- I like to use homemade almond flour tortillas to make chips, but you could use fathead keto chips if you’re looking for grain free. Store-bought Quest low-carb chips would work as well. You could also buy keto tortillas, cut them into triangles, and bake or fry until crispy.
- I recommend shredding your own cheese whenever possible. Most store-bought shredded cheese includes additives and preservatives that will increase the carbs.
- Drain the meat after cooking if there’s a lot of excess grease. A little grease is good, but too much will make your chips soggy while they bake.
When it comes to amazing nacho toppings, the possibilities are endless! But if you’re looking for some inspiration to throw on top of that melted cheese, here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Avocado or guacamole
- Diced red onion
- Jalapeño slices
- Chopped green onion
- Diced tomatoes
- Lime wedges
- Sour cream
- Sliced radishes
- Sliced olives
- More cheese
- Buffalo Chicken Nachos - Top your keto chips with buffalo sauce, shredded chicken, blue cheese crumbles, celery, and ranch dressing for a fun twist on keto-friendly nachos.
- Chorizo Nachos - Replace the ground beef with chorizo sausage for an extra kick of flavor.
- BBQ Chicken Nachos - Use shredded chicken, BBQ Sauce, and avocado as your toppings. You could add a drizzle of ranch dressing as well, or serve on the side for dipping.
Frequently Asked Questions
Traditional corn tortilla chips are not recommended for a keto diet. Just 10 chips will have around 12 grams of carbohydrates and only 1 gram of fiber.
This all depends on your ingredients!
If you use corn tortilla chips and high carb toppings, then your nachos will not be keto-friendly. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend ordering nachos at a restaurant (unless they specifically have options for low-carb chips).
This Keto Nacho recipe, on the other hand, is absolutely keto-friendly!
Tools Needed To Make Ketogenic Nachos
- Large skillet
- Baking sheet
I don’t recommend storing Keto Nachos. The toppings will make the chips soggy, and nobody wants soggy nachos.
If you don’t think you’ll eat the full low carb nacho recipe, just store the ground beef and other topping separately. Then, the next time you’re craving nachos, you can add the toppings to the chips and throw everything straight in the oven!
How to Make Keto Nachos
Cook the Meat
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
Add the beef to the pan, breaking it up with the back of a spoon. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring to continue to break up the meat.
Sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, chipotle chili powder, salt, and pepper, then cook for another 4 minutes. Drain if necessary.
Make the Nachos
Place the oven rack in the top position and preheat the broiler to high.
Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment. Arrange the chips on the pan, then spoon the beef mixture over the chips. Sprinkle with cheese.
Place in the oven and cook for about 2 minutes until the cheese melts.
Add your desired toppings and serve immediately.
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- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 8 ounces ground beef
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 recipe keto chips
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- Optional Toppings: radishes sliced olives, sliced jalapeño, cilantro, red onion, diced tomatoes, green onions, lime wedges, avocado, sour cream
Cook the Meat
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
- Add the beef to the pan, breaking it up with the back of a spoon.
- Cook for 5 minutes, stirring to continue to break up the meat.
- Sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, chipotle chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook for another 4 minutes.
Make the Nachos
- Place the oven rack in the top position. Preheat the broiler to high.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment and arrange the chips on the pan. Spoon the beef mixture over the chips and sprinkle with cheese.
- Cook for about 2 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
- Top with the desired toppings and serve immediately.