Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos

Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos - roasted corn, black beans, grilled sweet potatoes, multigrain chips, and a lightened up homemade cheese sauce. SO GOOD! 300 calories. | pinchofyum.com

So much I love about this right now. So, so much.

Starting first and foremost on the list of loves is the lightened up cheese sauce that has just a tiny touch of garlic butter yumminess and any cheese you want in the whole wide world. And now you can add this to my resume in the full time blogger section: pouring –> cheese sauce –> into my mouth –> all –> day –> long. It’s almost inappropriate. Except not at all because I need lotza cheezzz on de nachoz.

There’s something I’ve been wanting to tell you guys but I’ve been sort of hesitant about making it public. Today I’m coming clean, but I don’t want any judgement. Promise?

I am totally and completely hooked on The Bachelorette. I’m not really a trashy reality TV person (that’s about 30% true) but this season we joined the Bachelorette club with our two couple friends and so the six of us gather together on a weekly basis to swoon/eye roll over the latest shtuff that this is happening on this altogether hilarious, wonderful, and horrible show.

Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos - roasted corn, black beans, grilled sweet potatoes, multigrain chips, and a lightened up homemade cheese sauce. SO GOOD! 300 calories. | pinchofyum.com

It’s to the point where I start looking forward to the next episode immediately after finishing the current one. It’s like I’m filling my life’s drama bank with the extremely entertaining disaster of four guys who are all traveling through Europe and simultaneously “falling in love” with the same person on public television. I’ve secretly taken to Twitter and analyzed the public opinion on all the remaining “contestants” (the fact that these men searching for sparkly true love are technically called contestants — that right there should be enough to make me stop watching this show) and I’m going to withhold my feelings about the best guy for Andi because I fear the wrath of you fellow Bachelorette watchers. Enough said. *palms sweaty*

Moving on.

To nachooooos. Nachos belong on a big plate in front of me at all times during the summer. They are flavor bombs that are crispy and full of color, and they can become anything you dream up, just like that. Chicken or beef, beans or no beans, hot or mild, avocado or more avacado, and things like that.

Enter: healthy grilled sweet potato nachos. These nachos are my favorite of all the nachos because I can eat them as a meal without feeling like I need to follow it up with fifteen salads and green juice for life. These are veggie-LOADED, so say hello to roasted corn, black beans, and the kicker: grilled sweet potatoes! I’m loving up on all that jazzy flavor with a whole bunch of nutrition as a bonus. Party in the houzzz.

Grilling skills? I lack them. But when I was forced to do the grilling when we made these for the second time in two days, it didn’t even matter that I was maybe just a leeeetle ambitious with my golden brown grill marks. Once they’re in the nachos, they are hiding under a nice little blanket of that lightened up cheese sauce. If the grill is just not your thing and you insist on being difficult, the oven works, too. Roasty toasty yum!

Here’s how the nacho-makeage goes.

Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos - multigrain chips, grilled sweet potatoes, black beans, roasted corn, and a lightened up homemade cheese sauce! Holy yum. 300 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Really truly, with a second person helping to grill so you don’t have to run back and forth from kitchen to patio, this can take you as little as 20 minutes. It might be less classy than a meal that takes hours, but… is it really? I have no shame in my love for speed meals.

And just like that, summer = nachos = healthy = vegetarian = delicious = big plate = happy happy joy.

Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos - roasted corn, black beans, grilled sweet potatoes, multigrain chips, and a lightened up homemade cheese sauce. 300 calories. | pinchofyum.com

5.0 from 13 reviews
Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos
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Serves: 4: meal, 6: snack (nutrition facts are for 6)
 
Ingredients
For the nachos
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon each chili powder and cumin
  • 1 14-ounce can refried black beans (I like Amy's Organic brand)
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn
  • 3 oz. multigrain tortilla chips (enough for a single layer)
  • chopped cilantro for topping
  • crumbled Cotija cheese for topping
For the cheese sauce:
  • ½ teaspoon butter
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt - more to taste
  • ½ cup shredded cheese of choice (I used Monterrey Jack)
Instructions
  1. Sweet potatoes: Turn the grill on to medium high heat. Wash the sweet potatoes and pierce with a fork. Wrap the sweet potatoes in a paper towel and microwave on high for 4 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut sweet potatoes into wedges and toss with the olive oil, chili powder, and cumin (+ salt to taste). Transfer sweet potatoes to the hot grill and grill for a few minutes on each side until roasty and delicious.
  2. Nacho assembly: Meanwhile, heat the refried beans on the stove or in the microwave until warmed through and roast the corn in a dry nonstick skillet until golden brown (see notes). On a large platter, arrange the chips in a single layer. Top with the sweet potato wedges, black beans, and corn.
  3. Cheese sauce: melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add ¾ cup milk and heat until simmering. Whisk the remaining ¾ cup milk with the flour; add to the saucepan and stir until smooth and thick. Remove from heat and whisk in the salt and the cheese until melted. Drizzle the cheese sauce over the nachos and top with cilantro and Cotija cheese.
Notes
There are always a few people who comment that dry roasting the corn ruins their skillets, so if you are not using a really well-finished nonstick surface, you might want to find another way to roast your corn!

The cheese sauce will congeal as it sits, so it's best to use it right away after you whisk in the cheese or whisk in extra liquid as needed.

I liked the texture of the refried beans because they stuck to the chips a little better than regular black beans, but you could use either.

Nutrition for Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos

PS. I am totally obsessed with these chips – they’re Boulder Canyon Ancient Grains snack chips and they are rocking my world. You almost don’t even need the nacho toppings to experience their true deliciousness. ALMOST.

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Comments

  1. I’m still pinching myself that these are sweet potato nachos loaded in veggies. I mean, I usually think amusement park nachos and those are disgusting.

    These look stunning, beautiful, dinner nachos, I love them.

    The bachelorette, hmmmm, I get too stressed out watching that show! Can’t do it! hehe.

  2. They look INSANELY GOOD! I ate my weight in nachos over the Fourth and you’d think I’d be sick of them…no, I never will be. These are perfect! Pinned!

    • Thanks Averie! We ate some reeeally good nachos while watching the US in the World Cup last week and I just couldn’t get them outta my head. :)

  3. This looks AMAZING!!!! Love how they have a lot of veggies in them. So they’re healthy righ t? ;)

  4. I’m loving the beans, corn, and sweet potatoes (like, all of my favorite carbs in one place) especially with a garlicky cheese sauce. Heaven!

  5. I could drink that cheese sauce as it looks so addicting! Wonderful summer meal that actually contributes to veg count.

  6. So, I usually ALWAYS watch The Bachelorette, but then I just didn’t this season and I DON’T KNOW WHY. Maybe it’s because I got addicted to The Millionaire Matchmaker instead? (watch it)
    These nachos? Whoa. I can’t grill to save my life, but I would risk it for these beauties. Pinned!

    • I thought I couldn’t grill either but lookie! I did it! Half of them were totally black and the other half were salvageable. ;) Get your grill on, gurlll.

  7. I LOVE, repeat, LOVE sweet potatoes in my nachos! So delicious! Also, this is a genius cheese sauce. I WILL be trying this…and very soon!

  8. These nachos look so epic! I love the idea of making a homemade cheese sauce (I secretly kinda sorta maybe enjoy that strange, orange cheese-like substance that they pump out of jugs at the movie theater–at least texture-wise–and this is wayyy better).

    And you’re definitely not the first person to get sucked into the vortex of competition reality TV–my inability to tear my eyes away from Amazing Race is a testament to that. Thanks for sharing!

    • I would not feel guilt at all for watching Amazing Race. It’s at least 50% educational because of all the geography, right? Bachelorette is just straight up mind candy.

  9. Oh girl, I’ve enjoyed The Bachelorette as my semi-secret guilty pleasure for longer than I like to admit. I want to see Josh’s lie detector results!!!

  10. Nachos = always a good idea. These looks amazing!

  11. I’m a total bachelor/bachelorette nerd. Although half the time I’m cringing from the awkwardness….these nachos – who. Who needs meat and crazy fattening toppings when you have these???

  12. I never could get into the bachelor/bachelorette – just not a tv person at all! These nachos just look amazing, especially that amazing cheese sauce.

  13. Love this recipe idea! My boyfriend is super picky, but I think he would totally eat these!

    I’m a Bachelorette watcher too… shamefully, haha. I’ve been watching for years. At the end of each season I’m always like “If he/she picks ____ I’m never watching this show again!” And look at me… I always come back. I think I like it because I like laughing at the drama and the fakeness of it all lol.

    • Oh my gosh. So much dramafication. But impossible to turn away!!

      • toni j/d says:

        I’ve never been able to enjoy any reality show. But I’m pleased to FINALLY BE ABLE TO CONFESS here the embarrassing equivalent fact that I guiltily watched The Secret Life of the American Teenager for some seasons. Mega-drama, an entire town-full of teens and adults with no relationship skills. bad writing,. and completely zero intellectual merit. Right? We all need escapes at times! –Looking forward to trying these nachos. So glad to have found your blog.

  14. OMG I am literally trying not to lick the screen – these look AMAZING!!!

  15. Yum!! These look SO awesome and super tasty and something everyone would love!!
    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

  16. Your amazing food choices more than compensate for your horrid viewing habits ;)

    Thanks for sharing, pinned!

  17. I could eat this all day. YUM!

  18. Loving the textures of crispy nachos with the sauce and sweet potatoes. Perfect comfort food! Can’t talk about bachelorette as am uk based so it’s not on here but I know how it is when hooked on a series. Enjoy and accept the fact that more people secretly watch these shows than care to admit. Besides it a bit of a study in sociology ;)

  19. Christi says:

    Cant’ wait to try these-already trying to figure out what night next week to have them for dinner! For those who don’t want to skillet roast the corn and have a Trader Joe’s near by, they have fire roasted corn in the freezer section. I have used it for several recipes and it works well. This time of year I can’t pass up the chance to roast fresh corn but having a bag of Trader Joe’s in the freezer comes in handy.

  20. Major Bachelorette fan here. My co-workers and I go so far as to have a bracket where we guess who is going to get kicked off each week.

    I’m liking the idea of this homemade cheese sauce, I always get weirded out by the processed kind.

  21. I’m a bachelorette-watcher too! I don’t understand it, I’m not proud of it, but I totally love it. And, as long as we’re admitting things, I’ve also read through #bachelor hashtags on twitter to see what others are saying. I’m really glad someone else does that. Whew.

    These nachos look awesome! Love the grilled veggies and lightened-up cheese sauce. So perfect for summer. I’ll have to try those chips too – I’m all about tortilla chips with a little texture in ‘em.

  22. These nachos look so good! I don’t even really like sweet potatoes, but this might just convince me to! And everyone needs their TV shows to indulge in :)

  23. im not a TV person but currently I am obsessed with House of Cards …and these nachos would be perfect to have for dinner = more time for House of Cards = winner :)

  24. Great recipe so making this, shared, and pinned. You should share this on Real Food Fridays, also following on g+.

  25. Lindsey P. says:

    These nachos look sooo yummy! Even though I haven’t tried it yet, I bet your chipotle shredded chicken would be an awesome ‘meat’ addition to this recipe! Regarding the Bachelorette, you MUST go to http://www.ihategreenbeans.com if you haven’t already. It is the best weekly recap that will make you literally LOL…I pretty much watch the show now just so I can read and laugh at the recap every week! She cringes behind the couch cushions just like the rest of us!

  26. This looks wonderful and healthy…so delicious! What a great idea for a healthy snack or appetizer! Thanks for sharing this!

  27. OMG NEEEEED these in my life! I love sweet potatoes and nachos, so these nachos need to make an appearance in my kitchen! Yum!

  28. Roasting corn trick – use the oven. Frozen corn with a little oil/salt/pepper on a non stick cookie sheet (I usually line with foil so cleanup is faster). Broil for 5-10 minutes.

    Oh, and while I can’t watch the Bachelorette, I will admit to be hopelessly addicted to those really cheezy movies on the Hallmark Channel.

  29. Ugh, I died and went to heaven! What a great appetizer to serve when we have friends over! Love it! Pinned ;-0

  30. Such an awesome idea, these nachos are some of the greatest I have ever seen. Love the sweet potatoes!

  31. WELL.. This is trouble!! I kinda of loose my manners when I am sitting in front of such a thing. Not good Lindsay, Not good. YOU are trouble :) !

  32. This looks delicious and is perfect because I really wanted nachos the other day. Today I’m going to the grocery store and I need to make these tonight! Thanks for sharing!

  33. So much that I love about this too!! Nachos and healthy in the same title? I’m sold! These look so great – pinning!

  34. Come on, you have to tell us who you think the best guy is! Just whisper it in the comments down here. ;)
    I’m 99.9% confident that Josh and Nick will be the top two. She’s obviously smitten with Nick but I can’t say for sure if that’s who she’ll pick because you never know what kind of drama can go down in the next few episodes. It’s sad how much I look forward to Mondays because of that show!

    Oh, and please don’t let my Bachelorette rambling discredit the amazingness of these nachos. YUM.

  35. I totally feel you on the Bachelorette thing..I am completely obsessed too! My family and I all meet up every week to watch, it’s the only thing that get s me through Mondays! And I know you aren’t going to give your opinion but I am totally #teamjosh! haha can’t wait for the fantasy suite episode on Monday! :)

    Oh and these nachos looks AMAZING! Maybe I’ll make these for my fam next Monday to have while we watch!

  36. Yep! Even have hooked the Hubs into joining me and it is our little secret…that we are hooked on the Bachelorette. Andy is quite the gal…. Love your recipe and is a good one to make to eat as we watch the last show of this season.

  37. Now see this is a recipe I’d make and then not share with anyone. I mean, sweet potato nachos, says it all!!!!! It looks so good.

  38. If these are full of veggies, that means I can eat them all, right? Wait, did you get a tv?!

    • Yes! We got a TV in February, but we’re actually not watching the Bach on our TV since we’re going to our friends’ house every week. :) But there it is – our very own TV in our very own living room! :)

  39. These look delicious and as my boyfriend and I are now vegetarian, I’ve been wanting to find a nacho recipe that he might actually enjoy without meat! Going to give this a try :)
    Just as a side note, because I always read your income posts and thought you might appreciate the feedback – the ad that you have above the comments is a video which starts playing automatically when the page loads. I couldn’t tell where the noise was coming from and had to scroll right down your post before I found it and could switch it off. Just thought I’d tell you as you may get people closing the browser and not reading the post if it annoys them.
    Anyways, keep up the good work!

    • Thanks for the feedback about the ad Julia! That’s always really helpful to hear and we will definitely troubleshoot that one…

  40. These nachos look like they would be the life of the party!

  41. Oh dear. You are naughty, because now I’m more than tempted to (i.e. I’m going to) close my blogging tabs and go and hunt down an episode of this show pretty much right now.
    At least you redeemed yourself with these gorgeous nachos. Gorgeous in every way! Thank you! :-)

  42. I love this recipe and the cheese sauce looks to die for too, I’m sure I would eat it right out of the bowl :)!

  43. I’ve never tried nachos with sweet potato chips before, but these look amazing!! I love nachos to begin with (probably too much for my own good) but these are calling my name!

  44. Oooooo there’s a cheese SAUCE!!! I’m so boring always adding plain ol’ shredded cheese! A cheese sauce makes nachos like gourmet or something very close to it! I recently stumbled across a recipe for “loaded goldfish cracker nachos” which is fun but I think creamy cheese sauce nachos win;)

    Thanks again for the ebook help! It’s coming along and InDesign has been easy enough to use!

  45. Soooo… is this the end of your cookie/cake making days? I miss them :(
    Nachos are my favorite, going to freak my family out and try the sweet potato addition!

    • No, not the end. But probably a little less than usual :) Thankfully there are plenty of other awesome food bloggers around the web who bake cookies and other treats like a boss! You’ve seen Sally’s Baking Addiction, right? YUMM

  46. I have been craving nachos for the longest time and holy cow! These look amazing. What a great way to use sweet potatoes, too!

  47. YUM! This look so tasty. Totally in love. :)

  48. Wow this looks amazing!! (I’ve also become a fan of the bachelorette! :P )

  49. Holy Yum! Although I think I would skip the chips and just add more sweet potatoes. What a great idea.

    • That’s what I did the first time I made these – still so yummy! But Bjork requested the crunch (and I do love me some chips) so this was the finished result. But totally adaptable! Enjoy!

  50. These look so good. I’m dying! I love the Bachelorette. I’m voting for Chris….so sweet and handsome! But I don’t think she will ever pick him. I doubt she wants the farm life. But I love him!

  51. Wow!! These look amazing! Love that there’s no meat involved. And who doesn’t love sweet potatoes?! Yum!

  52. Hi Lindsay, these nachos looks so delicious. I’m always looking for recipes like this that are a bit lighter so you don’t feel guilty eating them! They’re child friendly as well, which I really appreciate! I’m on a mission to come up with easy, seasonal recipes like this for my blog – especially ones that children will eat as well. I have a 2 year old who has gone from “will eat anything and everything you put in front of her” to “will only eat jam and nutella.” It’s not fun!

    I’m loving FBP as well – thanks for all the hard work you guys put in to create this, it has helped me immensely!

  53. I don’t typically comment, but these were out of this world delicious! My husband and I ate the whole pan while the kids were asleep. GREAT recipe!!!!!

  54. I’m not gonna lie…. this looks pretty flipping amazing.

  55. These are so creative + original! In my case, they would probably be even more dangerous than nachos though…amazing pictures (as per)!

  56. These were yummy, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  57. I didn’t read through ALL the comments, so many! But I will say that grilling corn on the cob for this would be perfect, and easy. I’m going to try this recipe, and them I’m going to try it as a pizza, sans the nacho chips. Yum!

  58. These look absolutely incredible! Can’t wait to spring these on my junk-food loving boyfriend as a sneaky-healthy surprise ;)

  59. Made these the other night for supper and they were really tasty! It was pouring rain outside so grilling wasn’t an option. Instead, I just roasted the seasoned sweet potato pieces in the oven at 425* until they were getting a little crispy on the edges. We used Garden of Eatin’s “Blue Chips” and the whole plate was so colorful and cheery! I ate the leftovers the next day with some extra salsa, which was good too. I will definitely make this again.

  60. I made these for dinner last night and loved them!

  61. Lindsey says:

    These look delicious and I’m going to have to try them as soon as I finish my 21 day vegan jumpstart. However, the real reason I came back to this post is to ask what you thought of the Bachelorette finale!!! I felt sooo bad for Nick!

    • Nick! Seriously. I want to hug him. He was so awkward and creepy sometimes, yes, and I know most people didn’t like him for Andi, but I was rooting for him the whole way. He seemed so much smarter and more real than anyone else on the show. Maybe I just understand the “nerds” a little better than most. ;)

  62. This recipe was fantastic! I modified it to fit my pantry needs and added some pork BBQ ontop. Loved all the flavors and I think sweet potatoes on my nachos is my new favorite thing! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  63. These look amazing!!! Must. Make.

    Annnd I miss the Bachelorette. I love who Andi ended up with. ;)

  64. These ARE amazing!!! Trader Joes sells a roasted sweet kernel corn in the frozen section. I used that and topped it with some fresh guacamole. Devouring these now. Paused to let you know these are super fantastic!!!

  65. I will definitely be making these nachos, as I’ve used these same ingredients to make a burrito with leftover baked sweet potatoes and black bean salsa. It turned out great too! A great veggie dinner! Who knew!

  66. Lindsey

    definitely making these…nachos and so healthy..u rock..Im glad I came upon your blog…woohoo for your recipes…

    Manasa

  67. Question regarding recipe..are you supposed to peel the sweet potato before poking it with the fork?

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