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Let’s up our nachos game with these Healthy Black Bean Sweet Potato Nachos!
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Let’s up our nachos game with these Healthy Black Bean Sweet Potato Nachos! Baked to crisp perfection, then fully loaded with cheddar cheese, black beans, and all your favorite toppings! A gluten-free and vegetarian nachos recipe that is perfect for TV snacking, Game Day or any Taco Tuesday!

overhead shot of healthy sheet pan sweet potato nachos topped with avocado and cilantro

Healthy Nachos – can it be real? YES, ladies and gentlemen! I don’t know about you guys but when it’s nacho time in my home, we know that we just gotta surrender to it and go all in. Flavorwise –  not calorie-wise.  I have had my share of trial and error on the road to nacho nirvana and came up with an AMAZING healthy alternative to restaurant-style nachos! Sweet Potato Nachos with Black Beans – as indulgent and delicious as the classic version but are packed with nourishing veggies and plant-based protein. I want to eat these for every meal!

These healthy loaded nachos are everything you could hope for in a snack and MORE! Hello, new obsession!

a sheet pan with loaded baked sweet potato nachos with avocado, cilantro and onion

How awesome do these look, right? Nachos are forever the king of TV snacks and now totally dietitian-approved using homemade sweet potato chips as the base.  BRILLIANT! The baked potatoes also make your serving of nachos filling and nutritious! Smoked paprika, chili and garlic powder give the taters an amazing chips flavor, and the melted cheese and Mexican toppings take care of the rest!

What I also love about this recipe is that the nachos are entirely adaptable to taste — use more or less of the spices and top with your favorite salsas, veggies, beans, and cheeses!

Looking for a more traditional nachos recipe, just lightened up? Try my Turkey Sheet Pan Nachos! 

How to make healthy Sweet Potato Nachos:

sweet potato being sliced on a mandolin to make sweet potato nachos

Step 1– Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Slice the sweet potatoes thinly (1/4 inch). It’s best to use a mandolin if you have one – it’s much easier, quicker and the slices will the perfectly cut. If you don’t own one, make sure to use a very sharp knife.

Step 2 – Place sweet potato “chips” in a large bowl. Add olive oil, spices and salt. Mix well with your hands to coat all the slices.

Step 3- Spray a large baking dish with a bit of oil and arrange the sweet potatoes on it. Make them overlap a bit because they will shrink while cooking, and we want to have sheet pan covered.

picture collage of sweet potato nachos being arranged and baked on a sheet pan with black beans and then topped with Mexican toppings

Step 4 – Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until they’re cooked through and a bit crispy on the edge (keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn)

Step 5 – Remove from the oven, top with cheddar and then black beans. Return to the oven until the cheese is nicely melted (about 3-4 minutes).

Remove from the oven, top with your favorite toppings and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Topping ideas for healthy nachos:

  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • red onion, chopped (or spring onions)
  • avocado, cubed
  •  jalapeño, sliced (fresh or canned)
  • Salsa or pico de galo
  • sweet corn
  • guacamole
  • refried beans
  • mango salsa
  • avocado ranch
  • Mexican street corn salad
  • vegan cashew cream or sour cream

healthy sweet potato nachos on a sheet pan topped with avocado and black beans

Can I make this recipe vegan?

Absolutely – just use vegan cheese shreds instead of cheese and top with my vegan cashew cream or avocado ranch! SO good!

Tips:

  • try to make the chips as similar in thickness as possible to allow for even baking
  • this works with regular potatoes too – or make them Asian-style and use purple sweet potatoes and top with peanut sauce and cilantro
  • You could make half the recipe for a single size portion and bake them in a skillet or metal pie pan or cake pan
  • If you don’t have a mandoline, no worries, you can use a knife.

Print Black Bean Sweet Potato Nachos

Let’s up our nachos game with these Healthy Black Bean Sweet Potato Nachos! Baked to crisp perfection, then fully loaded with cheddar cheese, black beans, and jalapenos! A gluten-free and vegetarian nachos recipe that is perfect for TV snacking, Game Day or any Taco Tuesday!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword healthy nachos, sweet potato nachos

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Servings 2 -4
Calories 787kcal
Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes peeled
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese shredded (or Monterrey cheese or vegan cheese shreds)
  • 1 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • Toppings choose your favorites
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped (or spring onions)
  • 1/2 avocado cubed
  • 1/3 cup jalapeño sliced (fresh or canned)
  • Salsa or pico de gallo
Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
  • Slice the sweet potatoes thinly (1/4 inch). It’s best to use a mandolin if you have one – it’s much easier, quicker and the slices will the perfectly cut. If you don’t own one, make sure to use a very sharp knife.
  • Place sweet potato “chips” in a large bowl. Add olive oil, spices and salt. Mix well with your hands to coat all the slices.
  • Spray a large baking dish with a bit of oil and arrange the sweet potatoes on it. Make them overlap a bit because they will shrink while cooking, and we want to have sheet pan covered.
  • Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until they’re cooked through and a bit crispy on the edge (keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn)
  • Remove from the oven, top with cheddar and then black beans. Return to the oven until the cheese is nicely melted (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven, top with your favorite toppings (see the list above) and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Notes

  • Nutritional values do not include toppings. 

Nutrition

Calories: 787kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 1013mg | Potassium: 1561mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 49343IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 740mg | Iron: 5mg

If you tried this healthy Sweet Potato Nachos recipe don’t forget to rate the recipe below and let me know how it went in the comments – I love hearing from you! You can also follow me on InstagramPinterest and Facebook for more deliciousness and behind-the-scenes!

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