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Yummy Low-Cal Tortilla Chips

Posted May 05 2009 4:37pm

Happy Cinco de Mayo Everyone! One of the most common questions I get, is "What do you eat?" Up until now, I've omitted this meal. Gary & I probably eat tacos, chips & guacamole at least once per week. BUT WAIT! It's not what you think. You can do this with relatively little damage to your diet.

In honor or Cinco de Mayo, I'm publishing my recipe for tortilla chips & guacamole.

Tortilla Chips:

About a year ago, I found Mission Extra-Thin Corn Tortillas. The nutritionals on these tortillas are great! Considering that most flour tortillas start at 140 Calories for one, and go up from there, and typically one regular corn tortilla will be around 80 Calories. With the Mission Extra-Thin Corn Tortillas, you get two 6" tortillas for just 80 Calories! That's fantastic! By dividing the chips into 6 wedges, each chip is ~7 Calories.

  • 6 Mission Extra-Thin Corn Tortillas, cut in 6 wedges each
  • Cooking Spray
  • Coarse Salt

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Place parchment paper over cookie sheet. Spread tortillas evenly, so that they're not touching.
  2. Spray with Cooking Spray. Sprinkle with Salt.
  3. Bake in oven for 12 minutes. Remove when Golden, Brown & Delicious!

Guacamole:

Avocados get a bad rap too! Yes, they can be calorie dense, but again, if you look at the nutritional breakdown, they have a TON of fiber & 2/3 of the fat is heart-healthy Mono-Unsaturated. I use a lot of fresh-made Pico-de-Gallo from the grocery store to lower the calorie density of the guacamole.

  • 1-3 Avocados (depending on size ~200 grams of flesh), diced
  • 1 cup fresh pico di gallo (recipe here if you can't purchase from your store)
  • Coarse Salt

Directions

  1. Mash Avocado with spoon or fork to desired consistency. Add and combine pico and salt to taste.

Tacos:

The tacos I make are super simple. It's not even really a recipe. I LOVE, Love, love the rotisserie chickens available at the grocery store. I skin & bone them when I get home.

  • Mission Extra-Thin Corn Tortilla
  • 1 Tbs Guacamole
  • 1.5 - 2 oz Rotisserie Chicken (flavored is fine or plain)
  • Pre-packaged coleslaw

That's pretty much it. Enjoy!

A Note to the purists out there: No, this may not be authentic chips & guacamole, but it gets the job done, AND I like it. If I ate authentic chips & guacamole once a week (like I do this recipe) I would probably be a little less happy with my body's shape. This is a win all around.

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