Nachos have been my favorite food since I was about 12. They always seemed like a perfect food. Fat, protein, carbohydrates – they have it all. That is until I learned about how bad vegetable oils are. Not sure what I’m talking about? My post on fats should help to clear things up. Anywho, I got real ambitious one day and decided to make plantain nachos from scratch. If you aren’t up for that, there are some “clean” plantain chips available out there. You can also use Siete chips if you want to keep it paleo.
Paleo Plantain Nachos
- 2 green plantains
- ¼ cup cooking fat coconut oil, ghee, or bacon fat
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 avocados
- 1 tsp garlic sea salt
- ½ tsp chili powder
Remaining Nacho Ingredients
- 1 lb ground meat beef, turkey, chorizo, chicken, or pork
- 1 tbsp cooking fat
- 2 tbsp taco seasoning
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1 bunch radishes thinly sliced
- ½ cup cilantro, chiffonade
- Cotija cheese optional (not pictured)
- Peel and thinly slice the plantains about one-quarter inch thick.
- Add the cooking fat to a large saute pan deep enough to fry the plantains. Heat fat over med-high heat.
- Add plantains in a single layer and cook in batches. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side until golden brown. Flip using tongs and brown on the other side.
- As you remove the plantains, place them on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with a wee bit of sea salt.
- Add avocado flesh to a bowl along with lime juice and spices. Add a couple of pinches of the cilantro that is being used for garnish. Mash until you achieve the desired consistency. Set aside.
Remaining Nacho Directions:
- Add the cooking fat to a large skillet and add the meat and begin to brown over med-high heat. Add taco seasoning and continue cooking.
- On each plate, layer ¼ of the following ingredients: plantains, meat, cabbage, guacamole, cilantro, and radishes. If using Cotija, crumble on top and serve.