Chilli Cheesy Nachos

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  • 40MINS
  • 489KCAL

Our Chilli Cheesy Nachos are a super comforting, slimming friendly classic – great whether you're calorie counting or following any diet plans like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories489
  • Carbs61g
  • Protein33g
  • Fat13g
  • Saturates5g
  • Sugars17g

Chilli Cheesy Nachos - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

This recipe really has everything you need – gooey cheese, crispy “nacho” potato wedges, and spicy chilli minced beef.

It also has the added benefit of looking beautiful on the dining table! Dig in to a delicious dinner full of different flavours and textures: it’s such a treat for any night of the week. Feel free to vary the spice if you prefer more heat, and you can even play around with different seasoning for the wedges; it’s super versatile.

We’ve included a couple of different cooking methods too, so can choose if you leave the chilli bubbling on the stove top or pop it all in the pressure cooker for less washing up!

What diets are these Chilli Cheesy Nachos suitable for?

This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Stock cubes

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chilli Cheesy Nachos recipe?

  • You need to count 19 Points per portion of this Chilli Cheesy Nachos recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 16 Points per portion of this Chilli Cheesy Nachos recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Chilli Cheesy Nachos recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

All is not lost! You could swap some of the potato wedges for carrots instead and save a few points. Or halve the portion and serve with a big salad!

Do you need any special ingredients to make Chilli Cheesy Nachos?

You’ll need some light spreadable cheese to make the cheesy topping for these Chilli Cheesy Nachos. There are loads of different brands available and you can get them from most supermarkets. Just make sure you check the nutritional values of whichever you choose to use as they do vary depending on the brand.

Make sure you use a spreadable cheese rather than a soft cream cheese!

You can adjust the amount of chilli kick in this recipe, depending on your taste. You can also try all sorts of different spice mixes on your wedges – take a look at our Cheap & Easy Spice Blends for some ideas!

If you want to use a pressure cooker to make the chilli filling, then you can pick an Instant Pot up on Amazon!

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A good quality ovenproof dish is ideal for finishing these off in the oven

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How many calories are in this Chilli Cheesy Nachos?

There are 489 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Chilli Cheesy Nachos. This means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence recipe category.

This dish is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

To make the wedges

Step 1

Cut the potatoes into wedges and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove, shake and return to the microwave for another 2 or 3 minutes.

Step 2

Tip onto a baking tray sprayed with low calorie cooking spray.

Step 3

Spray wedges with low calorie cooking spray and sprinkle over the seasoning of your choice.

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Step 4

Cook in oven at 200 degrees C for approx. 25 mins, shaking several times during cooking.

To make the chilli

Step 1

Set the Instant Pot to sauté.

Step 2

Spray with a little low calorie cooking spray and cook the onions until translucent.

Step 3

Add mince and chilli powder, then saute until browned, then add garlic, chilli and stock, stir, then add tinned tomatoes and red kidney beans.

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Step 4

Finally, tip in the diced veg.

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Step 5

Switch to manual pressure cook mode and set for 15 mins.

Step 6

Allow 5 minutes Natural Pressure Release (NPR) then Quick Release (QR) until pressure released.

Step 7

Remove lid. Switch to sauté mode again. Thicken with ½ tsp xanthan gum if required (stir the xanthan Gum in well to avoid any lumps).

Step 8

Pour chilli into an ovenproof dish, arrange the wedges around the dish. Spread the light spreadable cheese over the top, and if you’d like, you can a sprinkle of cheddar too.

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Step 9

Return the dish to the oven for 5 mins until the cheese is melted and golden brown.

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Step 10

Serve with a green salad or fresh spinach leaves.

For the chilli - Stove top method

Step 1

Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray, then sauté the onions, carrots, swede and celery until they start to soften.

Step 2

Add the mince, garlic, chilli and chilli powder and fry until the mince is browned.

Step 3

Stir in the kidney beans, chopped tomatoes and stock. Cover then bring to the boil.

Step 4

Turn down the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Step 5

Thicken with ½ tsp xanthan gum if required (stir the xanthan Gum in well to avoid any lumps) or remove the lid and simmer for a few more minutes until it thickens if necessary.

Step 6

Pour chilli into an ovenproof dish, arrange the wedges around the dish. Spread the light spreadable cheese over the top, and if you’d like, you can a sprinkle of cheddar too.

Step 7

Return the dish to the oven for 5 – 10 mins until the cheese is melted and golden brown.

Step 8

Serve with a green salad or fresh spinach leaves.

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Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.

Can you cook these Chilli Cheesy Nachos another way?

Yes! There are a couple of ways you can cook the chilli for this recipe, though you will need to bake the dish in the oven at the end. You could also cook the wedges in an air fryer.

Pressure Cooker: 20 minutes or so – see further instructions in the recipe card below.

Stove: 30 minutes or so – see further instructions in the recipe card below.

How do you know when these Chilli Cheesy Nachos are cooked?

You should cook this recipe until the mince is tender with a rich sauce, the wedges are crisp and soft in the middle, and the cheese is melted and gooey on top!

This should take approx 40 minutes in total.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Chilli Cheesy Nachos in the fridge?

Once you’ve dished it up, ideally you should eat it straight away.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of this recipe in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze these Chilli Cheesy Nachos?

You can freeze the wedges and chilli separately from the recipe, but you’ll need to make the dish up and cook with the cheesy sauce once you’ve defrosted the wedges and chilli. If freezing, please remember to do the following:

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat these Chilli Cheesy Nachos?

From chilled: You’re best to reheat this dish in an oven preheated to 170ºC. Place the nachos in an oven proof dish and heat until piping hot. This should take around 20 minutes.

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Chilli Cheesy Nachos

Our Chilli Cheesy Nachos are a super comforting, slimming friendly classic – great whether you’re calorie counting or following any diet plans like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    40 MINS
  • KCals 489
  • Carbs 61G
  • WW Points:
  • 19 Green
  • 16 Blue
  • 7 Purple

Ingredients

For the Chilli

  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 400 g extra lean beef mince
  • 1 beef Oxo cube dissolved in 150ml of boiling water
  • 1 can red kidney beans in chilli sauce 400g
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes 400g
  • 3 sticks celery diced
  • 1 pack ready diced carrot and swede about 500g
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Lazy Garlic
  • 1 tsp Lazy Chilli or more or less to taste

For the Wedges

  • 2 baking potatoes
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • seasoning of your choice chip seasoning, paprika or salt and pepper etc

For the Cheesy Topping

  • 75 g light spreadable cheese
  • 20 g low fat cheddar

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Instructions

For the wedges
  1. Cut the potatoes into wedges and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove, shake and return to the microwave for another 2 or 3 minutes
  2. Tip onto a baking tray sprayed with low calorie cooking spray
  3. Spray wedges with low calorie cooking spray and sprinkle over seasoning of your choice
  4. Cook in oven at 200 degrees C for approx. 25 mins, shaking several times during cooking
For the Chilli
  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté
  2. Spray with a little low calorie cooking spray and cook the onions until translucent
  3. Add mince and chilli powder, then saute until browned, then add garlic, chilli and stock, stir, then add tinned tomatoes and red kidney beans
  4. Finally, tip in the diced veg
  5. Switch to manual pressure cook mode and set for 15 mins
  6. Allow 5 minutes Natural Pressure Release (NPR) then Quick Release (QR) until pressure released
  7. Remove lid. Switch to saute mode again. Thicken with ½ tsp xanthan gum if required (stir the xanthan gum in well to avoid any lumps)
  8. Pour chilli into an ovenproof dish, arrange the wedges around the dish. Spread the light spreadable cheese over the top, and if you’d like, you can a sprinkle of cheddar too.
  9. Return the dish to the oven for 5 mins until the cheese is melted and golden brown
  10. Serve with a green salad or fresh spinach leaves
For the Chilli - stove top method
  1. Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray, then sauté the onions, carrots, swede and celery until they start to soften
  2. Add the mince, garlic, chilli and chilli powder and fry until the mince is browned
  3. Stir in the kidney beans, chopped tomatoes and stock. Cover then bring to the boil
  4. Turn down the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes
  5. Thicken with ½ tsp xanthan gum if required (stir the Xanthan Gum in well to avoid any lumps) or remove the lid and simmer for a few more minutes until it thickens if necessary
  6. Pour chilli into an ovenproof dish, arrange the wedges around the dish. Spread the light spreadable cheese over the top, and if you’d like, you can a sprinkle of cheddar too.
  7. Return the dish to the oven for 5 - 10 mins until the cheese is melted and golden brown
  8. Serve with a green salad or fresh spinach leaves

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AlliThursday 19th March 2020

Hi,

I’m not sure if you’ve missed a step but it doesn’t tell you to cook the potatoes anywhere?

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    Steve CowderoyWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Alli, thanks for getting in touch with us. Steps 1-3 on the website go through the cooking of the potato wedges. Hope this helps please let us know how you get on and what you think of the recipe.

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LisaMonday 16th March 2020

What page is this in the book pls

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    LisaThursday 7th May 2020

    Hi Lisa. This recipe is only available on the website. Hope this helps.

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JoThursday 16th January 2020

Hi there, looks lovely, it doesn’t say how many portions/servings your recipe makes? I might have missed it though.

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    LisaThursday 7th May 2020

    Hi Jo, if you scroll down the web page, at the end there is a recipe card that shows how many the recipe serves. This one serves 3. Hope this helps.

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Michelle MossSunday 5th January 2020

My husband is allergic to kidney beans, what calorie difference would it b e if I used a tin of baked beans instead please?

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VictoriaTuesday 23rd October 2018

Hi I don’t like kidney beans. Would it make a difference if I omit them?

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    BevWednesday 29th April 2020

    Replace with baked beans

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      LisaThursday 7th May 2020

      Great idea, Bev. Thank you for the suggestion.

Sharlene SpenceWednesday 12th September 2018

Hi, could I used diced beef for this recipe instead of mince?

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MarissaTuesday 10th July 2018

This is my favourite recipe so far.

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AllisonSunday 4th March 2018

Wow……. other half wanted nachos and salsa and guacamole and cheese. I wanted to be on plan. Remembered this recipe and a freezer raid produced a spag bol that I added kidney beans and chilli powder to. It was so delicious and felt really naughty. We both loved it. Thumbs up here! I’m thinking of potential of primula to make a creamy pasta sauce now!

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LaurieWednesday 7th February 2018

Hey! Would this be freezable? X

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Riki KittelWednesday 29th November 2017

Could I use lamb mince instead of beef ?

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LesleySaturday 4th November 2017

Made this tonight for the first time using quorn mince as I am veggie… tasted amazing, carnivore hubby loved it, didn’t even need the cheese to make this dish taste great! Definitely our fave SW meal so far!

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EmmaTuesday 26th September 2017

Hi on the stove cooking it doesn’t mention about adding the carrot and swede. When do you add it please? Thanks

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Nicola LonghurstWednesday 20th September 2017

Another fab dish to keep me on plan. Thank you once again #pinchofnom – amazing. Looking forward to trying some more recipes ????

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Frances StaffordWednesday 20th September 2017

Simply amazing site, this is surely going to be a favourite at my house. Thank you PON.⭐️⭐️⭐️

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AimeeSunday 10th September 2017

In Step 5 it says to put the Instant Pot on Manual, but it doesn’t say whether to use Low or High pressure. Can you confirm which please?

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    Emma TSunday 10th September 2017

    Hi Aimee,

    It’s high pressure ????

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MagsTuesday 5th September 2017

Has anyone found an alternative to Oxo cubes, would love to try this but Oxo contains wheat and I’m on a gluten free diet due to wheat intolerance, or, could I use knorr beef stock pot in place of the Oxo?

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    Emma TSunday 10th September 2017

    Hi Mags,

    A suitable stock pot would work just as well ????

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HeatherSaturday 19th August 2017

Hi if hea is 75g for all 3 portions I presume you would still have hea allowance left over as it’s split between 3 ?

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NatalieFriday 21st July 2017

Could I query the timings on this recipie? It states 5 minutes prep and 20minutes cooking time. However, in the instructions, the potato wedges are approx 25 minutes cooking after the mincrowave. The chilli is a further 20-30minutes to simmer following first cooking steps then a further 5-10 once the cheese is added?
So in total the receipe is at least 45-50 minutes after prep.
I think the timings need to be stated more accurately in the introduction as it’s more than double the actual cooking time stated

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    Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

    Hi Natalie,

    You would cook some of these components at the same time, rather than one at a time ???? We’ll take a look and adjust if needed. Thanks for getting in touch!

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GemmaFriday 16th June 2017

Absolutely love this recipe! Possibly my favourite PoN recipe to date! 10/10 would recommend this, everyone please try it! X

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    KateSunday 18th June 2017

    Hi Gemma
    Glad you like it

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JennySaturday 10th June 2017

Hi
Is is 1/2 tube of primula per portion or for all 3 portions.
Thank you

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GillMonday 5th June 2017

I’m excited to try this but your video says microwave potatoes for 6 minutes and recipe says 3. Just thought I’d let you know in case you want to change it. I’m sure I’ll love this as much as all of your other recipes. Thank you!!

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    KateSunday 11th June 2017

    Hi Gill
    Thanks! Fixed!

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StaceyMonday 17th April 2017

Can u swap the kidney beans for baked beans as i dont like kidney beans

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Nicky JonesSaturday 8th April 2017

This is so cheesy it really feels like you’re having something naughty to eat! The whole family loved it and it makes a change from chilli and rice. Will definitely be making this again, I’m absolutely stuffed! Thanks ladies xx

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    KateTuesday 11th April 2017

    Hi Nicky
    Glad you like it

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SarahSaturday 4th March 2017

Yummy! I cooked it on the hob for about a hour. Did add some ground cinnamon and cumin. Delicious!

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CarolynTuesday 28th February 2017

My all time favourite easy to make and so so tasty

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    KateFriday 3rd March 2017

    Hi Carolyn
    And it feels like you’re eating one of those meals that should be soooo bad for you because it’s so gooey and cheesy 😀

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SineadMonday 16th January 2017

I can primula anywhere I was going to use low low cheese spread would this work?

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Rosie SherrattMonday 5th December 2016

This was a really tasty, comfort food that’s filling and makes you feel like you’ve had a treat.

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    Megan MurphyWednesday 24th January 2018

    I had heard a lot of people rave about this meal and so I thought I would give it a go – what a surprise to find that it was one of the most delicious meals I have tasted. Well done Pinchofnom you have come up trumps yet again.

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