Pepper Nachos

Pepper nachos on a plate, ready to share! (Or not)

Pepper Nachos

If you are trying to reduce your carbs a plate full of chips is not a good idea no matter what you put on them.  However, a plate full of vegetables is a different story!  This take on nachos switches out the salty nutritionally vacuous chips for mini peppers which are high in both vitamin C and fiber.  They're also really tasty!

One really important note: It is really important to rest the peppers after you bake them.  If you try to take them straight from baking sheet to serving dish, the cheese will try to escape from the peppers (tragically, this did happen to me the first time I made this).  After you take them out of the oven, leave them alone for five minutes.  (Trust me, it's worth it).

Toppings on this are really flexible as long as they are diced small and not too moist, so that they do not make the dish soggy.  So for example, if you want salsa, it's probably a good idea to skip the tomatoes.  Of course you could always serve the salsa on the side.  Sour cream too!  Other topping that would be good are olives (which would have been on my nachos if I hadn't run out actually), garlic, and jalapenos.  If you are going to include any herbs (cilantro would be nice) put them right on top of the peppers, underneath the other topping, so they don't burn. Happy snacking!

Serves: 4-6

Pepper nachos, on the pan &ready to be baked!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb small sweet peppers, cut into wedges
  • 1 plum tomato, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
    Pepper nachos, fresh out of the oven!
  2. Layer your nachos on a greased cookie sheet.  Start with the peppers, skin side down (so that they make a nice little cup to hold all of the other ingredients.  Next the tomato and onion.  Finally sprinkle on the cheese.
  3. Bake for 6 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melted.
  4. Rest for 5 minutes.  (Really important!!!)
  5. Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!


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