This healthier version of chili nachos packs a good dose of fibre and plenty of calcium.


375 g (3/4 lb.) lean ground turkey
1/2 yellow sweet pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 cup (250 mL) canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh cilantro
1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded part-skim cheddar cheese
1 onion, diced
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) jarred tomato purée
6 cups (1.5 L) baked tortilla chips Tip: You can substitute split pita bread


In a large skillet over medium heat, cook turkey, onion, garlic and chili powder, breaking up turkey with spoon, until turkey is no longer pink, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in tomato purée, beans, yellow pepper, and salt and pepper if desired. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring often, until thickened, 6 to 8 minutes.

Line a 13- x 9-inch (3 L) metal baking dish with foil; lightly oil foil. Layer tortilla chips and chili in pan; top with cheese. Watching carefully, broil about 8 inches from heat, until cheese is bubbly and chips are lightly toasted (about 1 minute). Top with green onion and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing and low-fat sour cream for dipping, if desired.

Nutritional information

Serves four. Per serving: 460 calories, 14 g protein, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 63 g carbohydrates, 9 g fibre, 64 mg cholesterol, 395 mg sodium

Recipe by Alison Kent

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