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Healthy Nachos With Crispy Baked Potatoes & Chili – Fit Men Cook

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FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 495
Protein 34g
Fat 17g
Carbs 53g
Total Time

If you’re having friends over to watch some sports over the weekend OR you need a new way to spice up your post-workout meal, look no farther than my “game day nachos,” aka mixed crispy potatoes and a quick chili recipe.

Here is another way you can use arrowroot starch besides a sauce thickener – you can use it to get a crispier outer coating on veggies when you roast them with various seasonings.  You can use cornstarch but there are added benefits of using arrowroot in that it’s gluten-free and helps with overall digestion.

If you’re doing this for a post-workout treat, I would keep the potatoes and chili separate until meal time.

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Healthy Nachos With Crispy Baked Potatoes & Chili – Fit Men Cook

Ingredients

Game Day Chili and Potatoes

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • Crispy Baked Potatoes
    • 1 large (~300g) sweet potato, cut into wedges or fries
    • 2 small(~500g) Russet (or red potatoes), cut into wedges or fries
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
    • pinch of sea salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (OR other high smoke point oil, but extra virgin olive oil will do)
  • Quick Chili
    • 1 lb lean ground meat or veggie ground (I used lean ground bison)
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
    • 1 can (14.05oz) crushed tomatoes
    • 6 oz water (using tomato can)
    • 1/2 can (~7oz) black beans
  • 1/4 cup mixed Cheddar & Monterrey shredded cheese
  • OPTIONAL garnish
    • cilantro
    • jalapeno
    • avocado (this is calorie dense so be sure to factor in these calories if you use it)
Steps
  1. Set oven to 420F/216C.
  2. In a sealable plastic bag add the potato wedges and seasonings. Seal the bag and vigorously shake to coat the potatoes.  Place the wedges on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.  Drizzle the oil over the potatoes then toss them in the oil using your hands. It should be sticky.
  3. Spread the potatoes out on the baking tray and be sure to give them room to breathe – do NOT crowd the tray.  Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through.  To ensure a crispy, golden coating, you can set the oven to broil for the final 1.5 to 2 minutes.
  4.  While they are roasting, set a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat and add the lean ground meat. Chop it up and cook in the skillet until there are no longer any large chunks, about 2 to 3 minutes.  It is ok if the meat is not fully cooked after 3 minutes – just get the chunks out.  As the meat cooks, sprinkle in the chili powder.
  5. Add the crushed tomatoes, 6oz of water (using the tomato can), and black beans.  Stir, reduce the heat to a low simmer, then cover and cook for about 30 minutes.  Remove the lid after 20 minutes of cooking and continue stirring so it thickens.
  6. Place the baked potato wedges in an oven safe platter or bowl, then add the chili on top.  Sprinkle with cheese if desired, then place back in the oven to melt the cheese for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Garnish and enjoy with friends and family!

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Calories
495
Protein
34g
Fat
17g
Carbs
53g
Sodium
Fiber
9g
Sugar
4g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.