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Weight Watchers Skinny Cheese & Black Bean Nachos

Posted Oct 10 2012 10:02am

Weight Watchers Cheese & Black Bean Nachos

Weight Watchers Cheese & Black Bean Nachos

When you’re craving nachos, here’s a yummy skinny option you: cheese and black bean nachos, from the  Weight Watchers Power Foods  cookbook (which is currently available at Weight Watchers Centers here in Arizona).

What makes these nachos lighter? Baked low-fat tortilla chips, reduced-fat monterey jack cheese, and a healthy dose of black beans instead of more fattening seasoned ground beef or chili.

Nachos have been a longtime family favorite since Mom began making them when I was a kid. She used canned chili and lots and lots of cheese back then. I thought they were delicious. Through the years I’ve eaten tons of nachos (both good and not-so good). My current favorites – super nachos from Richardon’s  here in Phoenix – are hard to beat. Loaded with cheese, beans and chorizo, they’re certainly not what you would ever call Weight Watchers friendly.

Sometimes I want the flavor of nachos done lighter and healthier.

That’s where these Weight Watchers Skinny Cheese & Black Bean Nachos come in. They’re an easy, tasty and delicious lighter alternative that won’t weigh your down.

I made them for dinner recently when I was craving a nacho fix that wouldn’t blow the PointsPlus budget. I made a few changes to the recipe (as usual) which I’ve noted. Rod loved them too so I’ve added them to my recipe “favorites.”


Skinny Cheese & Black Bean Nachos

Skinny Weight Watchers Cheese & Black Bean Nachos

Skinny Cheese & Black Bean Nachos

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A lighter, healthier version of a classic made with black beans and light cheese and baked chips
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4

  • 36 baked low-fat tortilla chips
  • 1 cup shredded fat-free Monterey Jack Cheese (I used reduced fat pepper jack instead)
  • 1 can (14 to 15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped (I used grape tomatoes and quartered them)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (I omitted this)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Arrange the tortilla chips in a single layer close together on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle evenly with the cheese.
  4. Top with the beans, tomatoes, scallions and jalapeno.
  5. Baked until heated through and the cheese is melted, 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/4th – 9 nachos): 222 calories, 1 g fat, 36 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 16 g protein and 5 Weight Watchres PointsPlus




More Weight Watchers Friendly Nacho Recipes

Beef Nachos – made with lean ground beef, diced tomatoes and refried beans (Weight Watchers)
Skinny Loaded Nachos – made with ground turkey and black bean dip (SkinnyTaste)
Weight Watchers Take-Out Tonight Nachos Supreme – as yummy as they sound (Culinary Covers)
15-Minute Black Bean Nachos – with black bean dip and guacamole (Emily Bites)

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