Skinny Bell Pepper Nacho Boats

4.33 from 152 votes

Low-carb nachos that are full of Southwest flavor? Yes, please!

skinny bell pepper nacho boats

Sure – nachos taste delicious, but they usually don’t rank very high on the list of nutritious, wholesome recipes. Luckily, you can satisfy your cravings for this classic Tex-Mex snack without worrying about your waistline. Our bell pepper nacho boats sub in low-carb bell peppers for ordinary carb-laden tortilla chips, allowing you to slash the carbs and calories.

Easy, Low-Carb, and Totally Delicious!

Simply stuff the wholesome combination of flavors and textures into nutrient-rich pepper boats! This tasty swap, along with delicious ingredients like lean ground meat, savory spices, juicy salsa, and melted cheddar cheese, will allow you to feel like you’re indulging, without negatively impacting your waistline!

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Whether you’re looking for a tasty weekday snack, Superbowl appetizer, or are simply searching for a way to switch up taco Tuesday, these bell pepper nachos will do the trick!

4.33 from 152 votes

Skinny Bell Pepper Nacho Boats

This healthy spin on a classic Tex-Mex snack will satisfy your cravings without impacting your waistline!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 9 people
Serving Size 2 nacho boats
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex


  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 3/4 cup salsa no sugar added
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese reduced-fat, grated


  • Remove seeds, core, and membrane from bell peppers then slice each one into 6 vertical pieces where they dip down. Set sliced bell peppers aside.
  • Cook ground turkey over medium-high heat, breaking up as it cooks. Cook until the turkey loses it's pink color and is cooked through. Drain off any fat.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine cooked turkey with spices and salsa. Evenly distribute mixture into the bell pepper boats, top with cheese.
  • Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and peppers are hot. Optional ingredients: sliced Jalapeno peppers, diced avocado, fat-free Greek yogurt or sour cream, or sliced green onions.
  • NOTE: If you prefer much softer bell peppers, add a few tablespoons water to the bottom of a large casserole dish, add filled nachos, cover tightly with foil and bake 15 minutes.


This recipe makes 18 nacho boats.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2nacho boats | Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 327mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1550IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Keto, Low-Carb

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Gale Compton

Gale co-founded SkinnyMs. with a goal to provide women with delicious recipes, fitness routines, and ways to reach their ideal weight. Gale has been featured on the Today Show in which she won a cook off for the best Lasagna. Be sure to search for her winning recipe, Skinny Lasagna Rolls.

Guided by her firm belief in healthy eating and the power of exercise, Gale has written two cookbooks and several fitness ebooks. She earned her Fitness Training Certification from, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. Gale loves to run with her dog Maggie and has completed numerous half-marathons.

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  1. Big hit at our house, my 4 and 6 year old said to make them again! Are you able to save any extras, if so how?5 stars

      1. Roberta, You sure can. Just be sure to let them cool down before freezing and thaw in the fridge.

  2. Doesn’t feed 9 people, I ate most of it haha. But it is delicious! Takes probably 45 minutes to make and bake… or maybe I’m just slow.5 stars

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