Ground Turkey and Cauliflower Nachos: A Healthier Twist

ground turkey and cauliflower nachos

In the world of culinary delights, nachos have always held a special place in our hearts. But what if we could elevate this classic dish to not only tantalize our taste buds but also nourish our bodies? Enter the Ground Turkey and Cauliflower Rice Nachos with Tortilla Chips – a dish that promises both taste and nutrition.

Why This Recipe?

In the age of health consciousness, many are on the lookout for recipes that don’t compromise on taste. This dish is a testament to the fact that healthy can be delicious. With the incorporation of cauliflower rice and lean ground turkey, we’re looking at a dish that’s low in carbs but high in flavor. Plus, with the added benefit of being gluten-free (depending on the tortilla chips you use), it’s a dish that can be enjoyed by many.

ground turkey and cauliflower nachos recipe

Ground Turkey and Cauliflower Nachos

Ryan Yates
A delightful twist on the classic nachos, this dish combines the lean protein of ground turkey with the subtle flavors of cauliflower. It’s a healthier alternative that doesn’t compromise on taste, making it perfect for those who are watching their diet but still crave a satisfying snack.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Fusion, Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 360 kcal


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced jalapeños
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro optional
  • 1/4 cup sour cream optional
  • Tortilla chips as needed for layering


How to Make Cauliflower Rice:

  • Remove the stems and leaves from the cauliflower and cut it into smaller florets.
  • Place the florets in a food processor or blender. Pulse until the cauliflower reaches a rice-like consistency. Be careful not to over-process, or it will become mushy.
  • Transfer the riced cauliflower to a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth. Squeeze out any excess moisture to ensure the cauliflower rice cooks evenly.


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned, breaking it apart with a spatula.
  • Add the cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to the turkey. Stir well to combine.
  • In a separate skillet, sauté the prepared cauliflower rice with a bit of olive oil until it’s tender and slightly golden, about 5-7 minutes.
  • On a baking sheet or oven-proof dish, create a layer of tortilla chips.
  • Evenly spread the cooked cauliflower rice over the tortilla chips.
  • Layer the cooked ground turkey on top of the cauliflower rice.
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, and sliced jalapeños.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Remove from the oven and garnish with chopped cilantro and a dollop of sour cream if desired.
Keyword Carnitas Mexican cuisine Pork Orange juice Spices Tender Crispy Healthy Easy Recipe Family dinner Taco night Low-calorie Prep time Cook time Instructions Servings Lime juice Cilantro Onions, Cauliflower rice, Cheese Dip, Ground Turkey, nachos, tortilla chips


This Ground Turkey and Cauliflower Rice Nachos recipe is a testament to the fact that with a little creativity, we can transform classic dishes into healthier versions without compromising on taste. It’s a dish that’s perfect for gatherings, movie nights, or when you’re just in the mood for some comfort food with a twist.

FAQ’s On Ground Turkey And Cauliflower Nachos

What makes this nacho recipe healthier than traditional nachos?

This recipe uses ground turkey, which is a leaner meat compared to beef, and cauliflower rice, a low-carb alternative to traditional rice or other fillers. These ingredients reduce the overall calorie, fat, and carbohydrate content, making it a healthier option while still delivering on flavor.

Can I use store-bought cauliflower rice instead of making my own?

Absolutely! Store-bought cauliflower rice can be a great time-saver. Just ensure it’s fresh and free from added preservatives or flavorings. Remember to remove any excess moisture before using it in the recipe.

I’m vegetarian. What can I substitute for ground turkey?

For a vegetarian version, you can substitute ground turkey with plant-based meat alternatives, tofu, or even a mix of beans and lentils. Just ensure you season it well to match the flavors of the dish.

How can I store leftovers, and how long will they last?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. For best results, reheat in the oven or toaster oven to retain the crispiness of the tortilla chips.

Can I add other toppings to the nachos?

Of course! This recipe is versatile. Feel free to add other toppings like avocado slices, black beans, corn, or even a drizzle of lime for added flavor.

Is there a specific type of tortilla chip recommended for this recipe?

While any tortilla chip will work, it’s best to use a thicker, restaurant-style chip as they hold up better under the weight of the toppings and are less likely to become soggy.

Ryan Yates

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