The BEST Loaded Ground Turkey Nachos

Is there anything better than nachos for dinner? These loaded ground turkey nachos are the absolute best, they’re so quick and easy to make, and your whole family will love them.

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A sheet pan full of loaded ground turkey nachos topped with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, red onion and sour cream.

Why you’ll love these

The best part about this recipe is that it’s a simple, minimal cooking meal! The only real “cooking” is browning the ground turkey and throwing everything on a sheet pan to bake.

This is perfect for busy weeknights when your short on time but want a filling meal for you and your family.

They’re also so, so simple to customize. You can easily change up the toppings to meet what you and your family like best.

You can change up the protein, use different beans, use more or less cheese, and add any other toppings that you love on nachos.

And PS- these loaded ground turkey nachos are a super nutritious dinner! I don’t know when nachos got a bad reputation for being an “unhealthy” food, but these loaded nachos are packed with nutrition.

The bottom line: this is a super simple and delish no-brainer healthy dinner for you and your family.

Ingredients for loaded ground turkey nachos in small bowls arranged on a white countertop with text labels.

Ingredients you’ll need

Here’s what I love using for these sheet pan nachos, but feel free to use what you have on hand and enjoy best for nacho toppings!

Lean ground turkey: I love ground turkey because it adapts well to whatever seasoning blend you’re using, and it’s a great lean source of protein. You could also use ground chicken, lean ground beef or shredded chicken breast!

Taco seasoning: Use your favorite store-bought taco seasoning, or easily make it from scratch with this ground turkey taco seasoning recipe.

Tortilla chips: Again, use your fave tortilla chips! I’ve been loving these white corn tortilla chips from Whole Foods/Amazon.

Black beans: Black beans are a classic nacho bean, but don’t be afraid to change it up! You can use any kind of beans that you have on hand.

Mexican shredded cheese: You can grab the pre-shredded kind, or shred your own blend of Monterey jack cheese, colby and cheddar cheese.

Simple pico de gallo: You’ll need diced cherry tomatoes, red onion, lime juice, and cilantro. This is so simple to throw together and adds a boost of nutrition plus tons of fresh flavor to your nachos. You can use store-bought too!

Avocado & jalapeño: I absolutely love adding super thinly sliced jalapeño pepper and diced avocado before serving. The jalapeños give the whole dish just a small amount of heat, and the avocado balanced it out with some creaminess!

Sour cream: Add dollops of regular sour cream or plain, fat-free Greek yogurt.

A close up shot of loaded ground turkey nachos with one chip being picked up from the sheet pan.

How to make

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1-2 tsp of oil on medium heat and add your ground turkey. Season with taco seasoning and continue cooking until fully browned, about 10 minutes.
Side by side images of tomatoes, red onion, cilantro and lime juice being mixed in a bowl.
  1. While the ground turkey mixture is cooking, make your simple pico de gallo. Combine diced cherry tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and lime juice in a small bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Next, line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Add a layer of tortilla chips, and then top with cooked ground turkey, black beans, and cheese.
Side by side images of tortilla chips on a sheet pan and then tortilla chips topped with ground turkey, beans and cheese.
  1. Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted. Be sure to peek on them every few minutes to prevent burning.
Side by side images of baked nachos on one side, and then nachos topped with salsa, sour cream, cilantro and jalapenos.
  1. Remove from the oven and top with pico de gallo, sliced jalapeños, diced avocado, and sour cream. Serve with lime wedges and lots of fresh cilantro! Feel free to add any other favorite toppings and enjoy!
A sheet pan of loaded nachos being served with a spatula.

Variations & Recipe Tips

  • Add more veggies by topping with thinly sliced bell peppers or make half of the chips bell peppers, like in these bell pepper nachos.
  • Top with diced green chiles, hot sauce, or red pepper flakes for bigger spicy kick.
  • Top with creamy queso or any other cheese sauce that you enjoy.
  • Use refried beans instead of black beans.
  • Use up leftover taco meat and make a single-serve plate of nachos! Simply add your ingredients to a plate, heat them up in the microwave, and add your favorite nacho toppings.
  • Freshen up reheated leftover turkey nachos by adding fresh chips and fresh cold toppings.

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A sheet pan full of loaded ground turkey nachos topped with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, red onion and sour cream.

The BEST Loaded Ground Turkey Nachos

Easy, healthy loaded nachos made with ground turkey, black beans, cheese and topped with fresh pico de gallo salsa.
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Course: Appetizer, dinner, Main Course
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 349kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 3 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 6 oz tortilla chips
  • 1 1/4 Mexican cheese shredded
  • 1/2 avocado diced
  • 2-3 tbsp cilantro diced, extra for topping
  • 1/2 cup sour cream dollops for serving
  • 1 jalapeño sliced thin

Quick pico de gallo

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 2-3 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1-2 tsp of oil on medium heat and add your ground turkey. Season with taco seasoning and continue cooking until fully browned, about 10 minutes.
  • While the ground turkey mixture is cooking, make your simple pico de gallo. Combine diced cherry tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and lime juice in a small bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Next, line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Add a layer of tortilla chips, and then top with cooked ground turkey, black beans, and cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted. Be sure to peek on them every few minutes to prevent burning.
  • Remove from the oven and top with pico de gallo, sliced jalapeños, diced avocado, and sour cream. Serve with lime wedges and lots of fresh cilantro! Feel free to add any other favorite toppings and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 467IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg

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