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Easy Nacho Bowls for a Quick Healthy Dinner

A fully customizable, incredibly healthy, wonderfully satisfying meal in under 15 minutes? Yes, please!


Microwave or Single Burner


Very Easy

This picture shows a bowl full of nacho fillings and chips on the side.

Whether you're feeding a hungry family or simply craving a satisfying meal in a hurry, nacho bowls are the perfect solution that proves convenience and healthiness can actually go hand in hand.

A quick healthy dinner!

As one of the ultimate quick dinner ideas, nacho bowls require minimal preparation and cooking time, making them perfect for those hectic weeknights.

Tips and suggestions:
  • Using dried beans instead of canned takes more time, but tastes better and is much cheaper. Usually I make a pan of boiled beans one night for dinner, and use the leftovers the next night for nacho bowls.

  • This is an excellent way to use up leftovers, such as hash browns, or chopped veggies from tacos and salads, or chili, etc.

  • Don't be afraid to use multiple ingredients in your base.

  • Put a splatter guard or something over the top of beans before you microwave them.

  • If you're using leftover queso or some other topping that is cold but needs to be warmed, you can put it over your base before microwaving.

  • When you make this for a family you can set out all the ingredients on plates and let everyone "build their own" bowl! In which case it is best to heat all the warm ingredients separately beforehand.

  • Also can be packed for lunch. Just pack the parts that need to be warmed in an oversized bowl, and the cold ingredients in a separate bowl. After warming you can dump the cold ingredients on top. You can also eat the whole thing cold for lunch, but it would be better not to use queso in that case. (Or other things that aren't good cold.)

This picture shows a bowl of beans.

Put your base ingredients in a bowl and microwave it.

This picture shows the bowl of beans topped with guacamole and diced tomatoes.

Put your veggie toppings on the warmed base.

This picture shows the bowl of beans and guacamole topped with cilantro and chopped green onions.

Put even more veggies!

This picture shows that bowl of beans and vegetables has been topped with sour cream and salsa.

Drizzle your sauces on top.

This picture shows the completed nacho bowl with chips tucked into it.



The ingredients are good in the fridge for 4-5 days.

Can I reheat it? If I have leftovers from this I will often pack all the warm ingredients together in the fridge, and the cold ingredients separately. Then you can reheat the warm ingredients in the microwave and them dump the cold ingredients on top.

Can I pack it for lunch? Yes! It packs well for lunch. For lunch I still pack it as suggested above, in two separate bowls for ease of heating, and also with a small container of chips.

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