Mini Sweet Pepper Keto Nachos

Hello friends, today I'm excited to share with you a delicious and satisfying recipe for Mini Sweet Pepper Keto Nachos. This low-carb twist on traditional nachos is perfect for those following a ketogenic diet or anyone looking for a healthier snack option.

Mini Sweet Pepper Keto Nachos are a low-carb alternative to traditional nachos. Instead of using tortilla chips, mini sweet peppers are used as the base. The peppers are sliced in half, seeds removed, and then filled with ingredients like cheese, ground beef or turkey, and other toppings such as sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and jalapeños. It's a delicious and satisfying snack or appetizer option for those following a ketogenic diet.

Why You Will Love This Recipe?

Keto cooking thrives on inventive ways to make beloved dishes healthier. For nachos, all we need is a swap for the tortilla chips. Traditional chips pack a hefty 20g of carbs per serving, while sweet bell peppers offer only 6g of carbs per cup, along with essential vitamins and minerals.

Many keto nacho recipes involve making your own chips, which can be time-consuming, or using pre-made "keto" chips that aren't always truly keto-friendly. However, mini pepper nachos provide an easy, real food alternative. They're quick to prepare, and the peppers are the perfect vessel for delicious toppings!



  • Chili powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • Oregano
  • Red pepper flakes
Protein: Ground beef (or chicken)
Mini peppers: Red, orange, and yellow mini peppers
Cheese: Shredded cheddar cheese (or Monterey Jack, Cheddar Jack, or Mexican cheese blend)
Tomato: Diced tomatoes (or salsa or pico de gallo)

Additional toppings:

  • Sour cream
  • Olives
  • Chopped jalapeño
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Onions

Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Blend Spices: In a small bowl, thoroughly mix the spices and seasonings until well combined.
  2. Cook Ground Beef: In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef until it's just cooked through, breaking up any clumps with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the spice mixture and sauté until evenly combined. Remove from heat.
  3. Preheat Oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a large baking tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Arrange the mini peppers closely together in a single layer on the tray, cut-side up.
  4. Assemble Nachos: Evenly distribute the cooked ground beef mixture over the mini peppers, ensuring each one gets a generous topping. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the peppers and beef mixture, making sure to cover each pepper.
  5. Bake: Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  6. Final Touches: Once done, remove the tray from the oven. Top the nachos with chopped tomatoes and any additional desired toppings, such as sliced jalapeños or diced avocado.
  7. Serve: These delicious Mini Sweet Pepper Keto Nachos are best served immediately while they're hot and gooey. Enjoy!

Recipe Tips:

Avoid Overcooking: Be cautious not to overcook the beef to prevent it from drying out. Aim to cook it just until it's no longer pink, as it will continue to bake in the oven. Additionally, line your baking pan with parchment paper to prevent the nachos from sticking.
Softening the Peppers: If you prefer softer peppers, consider cooking them on the baking sheet for approximately 10 minutes before adding the toppings.
Customize to Your Liking: Get creative with your keto nachos! Mix in chorizo with the beef for extra flavor, add avocados or guacamole for a creamy texture, or keep it simple with just meat and cheese. The possibilities are endless!


Are mini sweet peppers keto-friendly? 

Yes, mini sweet peppers are relatively low in carbs and can be included in a ketogenic diet in moderation.

Can I make these nachos ahead of time? 

Yes, you can prepare the pepper halves and cook the meat in advance. When you're ready to serve, simply assemble the nachos with toppings and bake until the cheese is melted.

What are some topping ideas for mini sweet pepper nachos? 

Topping ideas include shredded cheese, cooked ground beef or turkey, diced tomatoes, sliced olives, jalapeños, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa.

Can I use regular-sized bell peppers instead of mini sweet peppers? 

Yes, you can use regular-sized bell peppers if you prefer. Simply cut them into smaller pieces for bite-sized nachos.

How do I store leftover nachos? 

Store leftover nachos in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat them in the oven or microwave before serving.

Are these nachos gluten-free? 

Yes, if you choose gluten-free toppings, such as using certified gluten-free cheese and ensuring other ingredients are gluten-free, these nachos can be made gluten-free.

Can I make vegetarian or vegan mini sweet pepper nachos? 

Absolutely! Simply omit the meat or use a meat substitute such as tofu or tempeh. You can also use vegan cheese and toppings like beans, corn, and avocado for a delicious vegan version.
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