Check out these Delicious Loaded Nacho Fries - they look amazing, right? Who needs tortilla chips, when you can load up some Slimming Eats Chips instead.
I don't know why, but I've been totally craving some loaded fries. You know the ones I mean right? Those lovely golden skin on fries topped with that melty goodness nacho cheese sauce and topped with various other yummy toppings.
Those cravings just wouldn't go away, so I decided it was time to create a low fat version.
Whenever I get cravings for certain foods, I will always try and come up with a healthier recipe at home, so that I get to enjoy the dish, but don't have that dreaded after guilt from engorging on unhealthy food. You know what I am talking about, right?
We have all been there, usually, at the weekend or after a stressful day it is all too easy to pick up the phone or pop out to the local takeaway and grab a takeout.
There are times when it can totally be done on plan if you are well restraint and save your points in advance, but sometimes if you can create a low fat version at home, it's a far better option that won't jeopardize your weight loss journey.
Make the chips or fries, was the easy part. For the potatoes, I used Yukon Golds, which are a delicious buttery flavour type of potato, that are more waxy than floury and don't need any parboiling. In the UK a similar variety is the Elfe potatoes. Well worth sourcing if you can get them.
If using a floury potato, I recommend parboiling first, so that you get that lovely golden crispness. You can follow my method here on my Perfect Chips.
I leave the skins on, as they just feel more rustic, and whenever I have had Loaded Fries in the past, they always come with the skins on, and so my fakeaway version has to be believable, right?
Either slice the potatoes into fries by hand or if you have one of these nifty Potato Chippers, you can literally chop a potato into fries in seconds.
It also comes with two different blades, so you can chop the potatoes into two different thickness of fries. For these Loaded Nacho Fries, I went for the smallest blade, because these are fries after all.
The hardest part when I was creating these amazing Loaded Nacho Fries was how to make that melty cheesy sauce. You know the one I mean right, that yummy nacho sauce that usually comes alongside tortilla chips with some salsa, but is extremely high in cals and best to be avoided.
I did contemplate just using grated cheddar, as it will melt slightly from the heat of the chips, but I really wanted that nacho sauce.
Then I remembered the white sauce I make for topping my delicious Yummy Beef Lasagne. If I could get that nacho flavour into the sauce and make it more cheesy it would work perfectly and it totally did.
For the soured cream, I just mix a little fat-free Greek Yoghurt with lemon juice and a teeny pinch of salt, if you want to use the real deal, then feel free to do so, but don't forget to count it.
The additional toppings I chose for these Loaded Nacho Fries were chopped onion, tomatoes, jalapenos and lastly spring onion. Perfect.
It was totally cheesy, nacho goodness and satisfied that craving I just couldn't get rid of. This will be a regular feature in my meal planning.
Love these Loaded Nacho fries and want to try some other similar recipes? Check out these:
- Sweet Potato Chilli Nachos
- Big Mac Fries
- Chilli Cheese Fries
- Cheddar and Bacon Twice Baked Potato Skins
- Sweet Potato Fries with Ranch Dressing
- Parmesan and Garlic Fries
- Chilli Loaded Potato Skins
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How can I add a ⅓ vegetables to this recipe?
Some of the toppings will count towards your ⅓ vegetables, but to increase those even further, a mixed side salad of crisp lettuce would compliment this well. You could even make some of these Ranch Dressing to go with it.
What Kitchen Items do I need to these Loaded Nacho Fries?
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Spoons
- Chopping Board
- Wooden Spoon
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Mixing Bowl
- Baking Tray
- For the fries:
- 800g/280z of Yukon gold potatoes (or a similar waxy potato), sliced in fries
- Spray oil
- salt and black pepper
- For the Cheesy Nacho Sauce:
- 80g/2.8z of reduced fat cheddar, grated (reserve 10g)
- 1 tsp of cornstarch
- ½ cup (120ml) of skimmed milk
- pinch of onion powder
- pinch of garlic powder
- ¼ tsp of chilli powder
- For the toppings:
- chopped onion
- chopped tomatoes
- 1 jalapeno, deseed and chopped
- 2 spring onions, sliced
- 6 tbs of fat free Greek yoghurt
- juice of a fresh lemon
- Preheat oven to 220c/430f (gas mark 7)
- Add the fries to a bowl, season with salt and black pepper, spray with spray oil and toss to coat.
- Spray a large baking sheet with spray oil and add the fries to the tray.
- Bake for approx 40mins, turning halfway through until crispy and golden.
- Mix the greek yoghurt in a bowl with a little lemon juice and a pinch of salt, set aside.
- When the fries are almost ready you can make the Cheesy Nacho Sauce
- In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with the water.
- Add this a saucepan over a medium heat with the milk, as it starts to bubble and thicken, add in the cheese (remember to reserve 10g for sprinkling on top at the end), garlic powder, onion powder and chilli powder and whisk until a smooth cheesy sauce. If it gets too thick, just add in a little water.
- Once the fries are ready, divide between two dishes, drizzle with the nacho sauce. Top with the greek yoghurt (soured cream), add toppings (onions, tomatoes, jalapeno) and sprinkle with the reserved cheddar.
- Dig in and enjoy!!
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 439Total Fat 6.5gSaturated Fat 4.2gCholesterol 0.6mgSodium 680mgCarbohydrates 71.5gFiber 10.7gSugar 6.9gProtein 24.9g