Mexican Potato Nachos

I have never been good at math, but I’m great at problems like this.

My favorite plate of nachos

– the neon orange cheese sauce and fried tortillas chips

+ roasted potatoes and other fun toppings like radishes and avocado

= My new favorite meal.

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This isn’t a total redo of nachos like the Greek Nachos we made a few months ago, but I loved using the roasted potato wedges instead of chips!

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I’m all for a big plate of greasy nachos every now and then, but I can’t eat them all the time. Making them just a little healthier means I can enjoy the same flavors more often AND it gives me control over the quality of ingredients and the topping choices.

Mexican Potato Nachos

Serves 4

Potatoes:

  • 3-4 potatoes, sliced or diced into 1/2” thick pieces
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp each: chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, garlic powder

Beef:

  • 1 lb. ground grass-fed beef or bison
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika (regular will be fine, if you don’t have smoked)
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • .5 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp oregano

Toppings:

  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • lettuce or spinach, chopped
  • 2-3 radishes, sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • salsa
  • black olives
  • scallions, sliced
  • cilantro
  • pick your own! Cheese, sour cream, etc.
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss sliced or diced potatoes with oil and seasonings.
  3. Place on baking sheet and cook 25-35 minutes, flipping once, until browned on both sides.
  4. While potatoes are in the oven, brown the beef in a pan.
  5. Add the seasonings to the beef and mix together.
  6. Once the beef is almost cooked, stir in the tomato paste.
  7. To assemble, place potatoes on plate and top with beans and beef. Add your toppings and dig in.

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What’s your favorite way to mix up dishes?

19 comments

  1. Great recipe!I love using greek yogurt instead of sour cream. It tastes just as good and is healthier!

  2. What a yummy & fun idea!!! I’ve never tried making nachos with potatoes or would have even thought of it but it sounds great!

  3. I obviously love putting stuff on top of potatoes, but I’ve never thought of making nachos out of them! Love it!

  4. I love nachos and I’m obsessed with potatoes right now, so this is a win win for me :)

  5. I love the roasted potato wedge sub, though I will sheepishly admit I love neon orange cheese sauce. I know, I know, so bad for me and definitely NOT gourmet either. I have some weaknesses.

  6. Brandy this is SUCH a fabulous idea–I can’t wait to try!

  7. yes, definitely a winning idea with those roasted potato wedges!!

  8. Love the idea of using radishes as a nacho topping! Also, love that white dish-gorgeous!

  9. This is SUCH a good idea! I had random cravings for nachos a week or so ago…but I could not for the life of me find a reasonable sized bag of corn chips! They were all meant to feed an army or something :P I could only see myself wanting them once or twice and then the bag going to waste. But I think I like the idea of potatoes even better, anyways ;)

  10. these look awesome! we’re big nacho fans at my house! gonna have to give these a try!

  11. Using potatoes is a great idea! That looks absolutely delish.

  12. mmm, this looks delicious! my fiance and i like making nachos with sloppy joe meat (we use his grandma’s AMAZING recipe). they totally beat any other nachos i’ve ever had! i am sure they would be great on potatoes too – what a good idea! :)

  13. Those look delicious!! And much more fancy than my sweet potato nachos :)

  14. Seriously? I just read fANNEtastic food’s post about tacos – and now THIS?! I want nachos & tacos & Mexican food galore right now! :)

  15. I made a lasagna stuffed meatloaf the other day. I’d have to say that it was my most successful recipe mash-up ever. I loved it. Congrats on another fantastic link from Oh She Glows :) You deserve it, your blog is so fantastic!

  16. Gorgeous! I’ve done something similar- once with potatoes and a few times with jicama chips- LOVED it! Such a fun combination of flavors :) Always great to take a heavier meal and lighten it up. Hope your week is going well

  17. I love the idea of these nachos over the traditional nachos any day!

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