Paleo Nachos

low carb nachosI guess these are considered more Primal than Paleo because they are dairy, but they are low carb and seriously tasty! These satisfy your craving for salt and crispy snacks without guilt. The key is to really let the cheese get crispy. If you don’t cook them long enough they are just kind of rubbery and chewy….still tasty but not as satisfying.

Also, if you do not let them sit on paper towels for a bit they do tend to be a bit greasy. So once they harden up, just put them on a paper towel for a few minutes.

These low carb snacks can be eaten on their own or you can top with a bit of yummy guacamole and salsa. There are a million variations you can make to this recipe to come up with all different flavors. I will give you some suggestions below the recipe.

Paleo Nachos Recipe


1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 slices crispy bacon, crumbed

finely diced jalapeno, a lot or a little or none at all. It is up to your taste.

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder


Put all ingredients into a bowl and toss to coat the cheese in spices. Heat a non-stick skillet on the stove top at medium temperature. It must be non-stick or you may run into some trouble getting them out of the pan. Place little haystacks of the cheese mixture in the pan. You will likely only be able to do 3-4 at a time. Don’t overcrowd them and don’t make them too big or they may brown too much on the edges and not enough in the center.

Once the cheese is all bubbly and the edges begin to turn golden, carefully begin lifting the edges with a spatula. Keep lifting until the entire crisp moves freely in the pan. Continue cooking until the entire thing is dry-looking or golden. Carefully remove from the pan and place on a dish to cool and harden. Cook the rest of the batch in the same way. Place cooled nachos on a paper towel to blot the grease.

Top with guacamole, sour cream and salsa or just dig in as they are! Makes about 8-10 crisps.

Variations: Use Monteray Jack cheese instead of cheddar; try Swiss cheese with finely diced ham and dill; Asiago or Parmesan, basil and garlic; colby with caraway and celery seeds. I could go on and on….just try whatever you like or whatever you have on hand and chances are pretty good it will be yummy! They are even good with just cheese and nothing else added.

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