Loaded Nachos with cheese sauce are not what we‘re making any longer…. From now on we‘re leveling up our party snack and are making Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos. Not only healthier but also more delicious and more nutritious. If you haven’t so far given them a shot, it is high time!
We all know that nachos are pretty delicious. However, it is no surprise that they are not very good for us. High in fats, highly processed, loaded with cheese, very few vitamins, and, and, and, … but they are so handy, aren’t they? Yet, it is possible to have some with more nutritional value !
What is special about this dish?
As the name already suggests: these are no regular nachos but instead these are sweet potato nachos. What? Sliced, spiced and baked sweet potato that you can eat with your hands. To make them more fun and more filling, they are topped with various different things – hummus, veggies, salsa, tahini, jalapeños, … ! Personally, I think these toppings work great in combination with the nachos. However, if you prefer different toppings – such as chickpeas, meat, cheese, feta, or whatever comes to your mind – you can totally add these on top! This makes this dish super versatile!
Contrary to regular nachos, these are packed with nutrients! To start with, the sweet potatoes are incredibly high in fibre, carbs and several vitamins. They will make sure you have a lot of energy for a long time, stay full for long and make sure you stay healthy. Such an amazing, easy-to prepare carb!
the perfect hummus
The sweet potato is not the only source of nutrients though, there are many other! The hummus for example: it is nit only packed with deliciousness but also with several good-for-you‘s! Fibre, plant based protein and healthy, unsaturated fats from the olive oil! You can either make it yourself or buy it! When you gl to the store, just be aware that there is good and not so good hummus (and that makes a huge difference in the meal)! The one I can not only recommend but genuinely LOVE is the one from NENI am Tisch!! In here actually, I am using the new one – the Hummus with Za‘atar, which is even more flavorful than regular hummus and SOO delicious!! In general NENI hummuses are the best in my opinion: they are creamy, rich, authentic and just SO delicious!
We still are not done with our healthy ingredients. Let‘s move on to the toppings: here you can totally go for whatever you love! Personally I believe the ones in this recipe work great with the oriental flavors – if you though have other preferences, go for it! So, here we have cucumber, tomatoes (both amazing for hydration, vitamins & fibre), jalapeños, parsley (more vitamins), the salsa (healthy, unsaturated fats from the olive oil) & Tahin (more unsaturated, healthy fats). All in all, it is fair to say that these nachos not only are loaded with delicious toppings but also loaded with nutrients!
How to make those nachos?
Since there is no need for deep-frying them, they are super easy to make! All that needs to be done is to slice the sweet potatoes into thin slices, spice them with olive oil and Zata‘ar and bake them. Zata‘ar is an oriental spice mix that works great in this meal – however, if you do not have this at home and cannot find it at the store, you can also spice the sweet potatoes differently, with salz, pepper, chili, paprika & sesame for example! Those now go into the oven and we can focus on making the toppings!
That means, for the hummus we need to just give it a mix, so that the spices are well mixed in. Next, we make the salsa! That means finely chopping the green chilis, parsley & mint and combining it with olive oil and salt! Also, we chop up the tomatoes, cucumber and fresh herbs so they are bite-sized! As soon as the sweet potatoes are done baking, they can already be topped and ultimately enjoyed! That‘s it!
Perfect Party snack!
This recipe definitely is amazing for parties! Why? You can really prepare everything beforehand, just pop the sweet potatoes in the oven right before the guests are here and then serve them while they are warm. Also, you could meal prep them and have them as a cold lunch for school or work – that works great too!! They not only are the perfect party snack but also amazing for meal prep!
If you want to level things up,
then you can totally do so by going crazy with the toppings! Options really are endless! You could for example go ahead and add minced meat or meat substitute on top or roasted chickpeas and feta cheese! If you feel like roasted tofu, add it! Or are you craving chicken strips? Why not add them on top? Same goes for veggies!! Why not adding some corn or avocado on top? This part really is up to you and adds a personal twist to this recipe!
Really, I have to say that I really LOVE this recipe! Not only for parties but also for those Netflix and chill kind of evenings 😉 I hope that you will also love it and have a fun time cooking!
Katie // Une Petite Cuisinière
better than your regular oriental loaded sweet potato nachos
regular nachos is nothing we are doing any longer – from now on, we are making loaded sweet potato nachos! imagine those soft sweet potatoes with the tangy hummus, fresh cucumber & tomato and that satisfying tahini drizzle = heaven!
What you will need
- 2 (medium sized) sweet potatoes
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 tbsp za‘atar
for the toppings*:
- 1 package NENI am Tisch Hummus with Za‘atar
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 handful tomatoes
- 1/2 red onion
- green chili
- tahini to drizzle
for the green chili salsa (optional but very good):
- 100 g green chili or green peppers
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 2 tbsp chopped mint
- 100 ml olive oil
- salt & pepper
start by preheating the oven to 200°C. wash the sweet potatoes and chop them into about 1cm thick slices. mix the za‘atar with the oil and toss the sweet potatoes in the mix. lay out on a baking tray and bake for about 25-35 minutes until soft on the inside and crispy and golden on the outside.
in the meantime prepare the toppings. wash and dice the cucumber into bite-sized pieces, half the cherry tomatoes, peel and cut the onion into thin half-rings.
for the salsa, remove the seeds of the green peppers and super finely mince them. also mince the mint and parsley and mix it all together along with the olive oil and salt.
once the sweet potatoes are done baking, top them with the hummus, the different veggies and fruit, the salsa and drizzle some tahin. to finish it off, sprinkle fresh herbs and enjoy!
*you can really use anything you like and have on hand as a topping – personally I love the combination with these fruits, veggies & hummus, but feel free to add what you love! it can be chickpeas, minced meat, corn, tofu, beans, avocado, whatever you love!
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