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Potato Nachos

Posted by Courtney Schupp | June 2, 2020

Prep time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 5


  • 1 pound small red potatoes, skins on
  • 2 teaspoons oil or cooking spray
  • 8 ounces lean ground turkey (15% fat)
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1⁄2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 3⁄4 cup salsa

Live Well Tips

  • Use whatever vegetables and toppings you have on hand. Add a fresh avocado on top to add some healthy fats to this recipe.
  • Ground turkey is a lean protein. You can also try black beans as another healthy protein choice.


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Preheat the oven at 450 degrees.
  3. Wash potatoes under running water and slice into small circles about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Lightly coat the potato slices with oil (or spray for 3 seconds with cooking spray).
  5. Arrange slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, depending on desired darkness.
  6. While the potatoes bake, add ground turkey and chili powder to a skillet. Cook, stirring over medium heat (300 degrees in an electric skillet) for 8-10 minutes, until turkey browns, or temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Remove potatoes from the oven.
  8. Transfer baked potatoes to a casserole dish or an oven-safe dish. Top with turkey and sprinkle with cheese. Put back in the oven to melt the cheese, about 2 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and top with lettuce, tomato, cilantro, and salsa.

Cook Together! Making Potato Nachos with Kids

This dish gives kids a chance to add their favorite flavors to the potatoes. Plus, they are a fun treat to eat for the whole family!

Easy Tasks

  • Gather ingredients and equipment.
  • Wash fresh foods, drain, and pat dry.
  • Add oil or cooking spray to the potatoes.

Intermediate Tasks

  • Arrange potatoes on baking sheet.
  • Add cold toppings to the potatoes.

Difficult Tasks

  • Turn oven on/off; set temperature.
  • Stir items in skillet. Always make sure an adult is always supervising when kids are around the stove.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size 1 cup: Calories–210; Protein–13g; Carbohydrate–22g; Total Fat–8g; Saturated Fat–2g; Cholesterol–35mg; Fiber–3g; Sodium–260mg; Vitamin C–50%; Vitamin A–8%; Iron–8%; Calcium–8%

Adapted from, Oregon State University