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Bell Pepper Nachos, green pepper, ground beef, sour cream, on light brown cutting board

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala — Need a new game day or after school snack? Live Well Alabama is ready to come through in the clutch with the Bell Pepper Nachos recipe. The recipe adds more vegetables to this classic snack but doesn’t hold back on the flavor.

“A typical serving of nachos is around 346 calories. This recipe cuts that down to 262 calories per serving and is also high in vitamins C and K.”

—Sofia Sanchez, Extension Specialist and Registered Dietitian with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University.


  • Two large bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • One pinch salt plus 1 teaspoon salt, separate
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ pound ground beef or shredded chicken
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup Mexican blend cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup guacamole or avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons low fat sour cream

Pro Tips

Double or triple this recipe to feed more people. Use your favorite taco seasoning if you don’t have the dry seasonings in this recipe. Look for the low-sodium version if possible.


  1. Preheat oven on broil.
  2. Cut each bell pepper into four pieces, removing the stem and seeds.
  3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add peppers, water and a pinch of salt. Cover and microwave until the pepper pieces are slightly tender, about 4 minutes. Let cool and arrange on a foil-lined baking sheet, cut sides up.
  4. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat and add meat, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until browned.
  5. Spoon some meat mixture onto each pepper piece. Sprinkle with cheese and broil until cheese melts. Top with guacamole, salsa and sour cream.

Want to learn more? Step-by-step instructions for the Bell Peppers Nachos recipe and an instructional video are available at LiveWellAlabama.com.

Live Well Alabama

Live Well Alabama is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.

“Live Well Alabama recipes are all about trying fruits and veggies in tasty, easy and budget-friendly ways,” said Katie Funderburk, Alabama SNAP-Ed coordinator. “Our recipes are easy to prepare and don’t require fancy kitchen equipment!”

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Live Well Alabama provides numerous recipes that are simple and budget-friendly.

For more information about Live Well Alabama and to find more Live Well Alabama recipes, visit www.LiveWellAlabama.com. Also, check out more Live Well Alabama tips and recipes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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