Appetizer Recipe - Ground Turkey Nachos

This appetizer recipe is perfect for when you are in the mood for Mexican flavors. Using ground turkey instead of beef, this traditional snack takes on a healthier look. Bold flavors from the salsa, green chiles and onions will really wake up your taste buds.

This one is higher in fats, calories and points than many of the other appetizer recipes so be sure to save your points and calories to indulge in this snack for your next party.

Below are the list of ingredients, directions, recipe nutrition information and Weight Watchers points.

ground turkey nachos recipe

Ground Turkey and Salsa Nachos

This appetizer recipe serving size is large enough to make it a meal. With crunchy low fat tortilla topped with ground turkey and cheese makes a snack or appetizer for when the gang unexpectedly drops over.

You can use mild or hot salsa depending on your taste. If you really want to spice this up, try adding some jalapeño peppers....but have some water handy as this will really fire up the taste.

Recipe Type:

Appetizer, Main Dish, Meats, Side Dish

Degree of Difficulty:



  • 1 lb Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 cup Ortega® Salsa Prima Homestyle Mild
  • 1 (4-oz.) Can Ortega® Diced Green Chiles
  • 1/3 cup Green Onions, sliced
  • 4 cups Low Fat Tortilla Chips
  • 1 cup Reduced fat Mexican Blend Cheese, shredded


  1. Combine ground turkey, salsa, chiles and green onions in medium skillet; cook for 5 minutes over medium heat until hot.
  2. Cook until meat is browned and flavors are blended together.
  3. Place corn chips on dinner plates. Scoop style chips work the best but just look for the whole wheat kind.
  4. Fill chips (or top chips) with meat mixture and cheese.
  5. Optional: To melt the cheese, place in the microwave for about 15 - 30 seconds.

Cooking Times

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

The nutrition facts shown below for this appetizer recipe are per serving. The number of serving is noted in the header section below. The serving size is the first item noted on the nutrition facts table.

Nutrition Per Serving

Number of Servings: 8
Serving Size 7.8 oz
Calories 506
Total Fat 11.0g
      Sat Fat 4.0g
Cholesterol 52.6mg
Sodium 855.1mg
Total Carbohydrates 72.0g
      Fiber 5.4g
      Sugar 1.8g
Protein 31.0g

Weight Watchers Points

13 pts
13 pts
12 pts

The ground turkey and veggies were not included in the calculation for the SmartPoints. The veggies were not included when calculating Points Plus values.


Top these nachos with lots of tomatoes, lettuce and onions to give it even more flavor.

If you want to save on some calories and carbohydrates, skip the tortilla chips and sprinkle a few tortilla strips (for crunch) on top of the meat mixture. Or skip the chips all together and really reduce the carbs in this snack recipe.

Try this appetizer recipe for a Cherry Salsa to use with your nachos. The blend of spices and the sweet and tartness of the cherries really give this lots of fun flavors.

Here's another healthy nacho recipe I found from Hungry girl.

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