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Nacho Average Chip!

By Juan Nino July 08, 2024

Nachos are the quintessential snack food. Full of nostalgia and delicious messiness, their topping possibilities know no bounds, and they’re the perfect crunchy canvas for a myriad of sweet to salty creativity. This is our humble offering to the altar of endless nacho varieties! Take your nachos to the next level with our sea salt (or sweet!) plantain chips. The slightly sweet, perfectly crunchy base makes the most exquisite nacho, elevating your average nacho experience and giving it a little something extra special. Not to mention, our long and strong plantain strips yield the maximum topping surface area and scoopability.

Have you ever wondered where nachos originated? Before they became a favorite snack food at festivals, sporting events, movie theaters and the like, nachos are said to have gotten their humble beginnings as a throw-together dish for hungry customers. Picture the scene: It’s the early 1940s and a hoard of famished military wives post-shopping spree wander into the Victory Club hotel in Piedras Negras, Mexico, where Ignacio Anaya is the maître d’hotel. It’s unclear whether the restaurant was closed for the day or the chef simply couldn’t be found, but Ignacio found himself in the position of needing to provide something to eat for his customers. He threw together some fried tortillas, shredded Colby cheese, and pickled jalapeño, melted it all together, and the original nacho was born. The guests loved the dish and asked for more.

“Nacho” is a common nickname for “Ignacio,” therefore they became “Nacho’s” ingenious dish. Nachos then became a permanent menu item for the hotel, variations started showing up in other restaurants in the area and beyond, and the rest is history. Nachos have since evolved into countless creative variations that span cultures and culinary creativity.

While we’re no strangers to the deliciousness of the standard corn chip, modern-day corn can be irritating to the gut and yield less-than-pleasant nacho after-effects. Plantains, on the other hand, boast added gut-loving fiber that’s easier for digestion and great for beneficial gut flora. Swap your standard corn chip and liquidated never-goes-bad neon cheese-like version for plantain strips and fresh, real-food ingredients in this upgraded “nacho average” version. Load up our strips with your favorite nacho toppings, try something new, and enjoy an insanely delicious, superbly nutritious meal with family and friends.

Nachos are great for summertime get-togethers, cozy weekends in, snack time creativity for kiddos, you name it. The topping possibilities are endless. If you can think it up, you can put it on a nacho! Craving something sweet? Try our Sweet Plantain Strips nacho-style and top with dark chocolate, paleo marshmallows or marshmallow fluff, fresh strawberries…you get the idea! Trade up your chip and elevate your nachos with us!

Recipe created by Ashley Castle from Ashley Castle Nutrition

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Serves: 2-4 (depending on your level of nacho need)

Elevated Plantain Nachos

  •  2 (4.5 oz) bags or 1 (10 oz) bag of our Sea Salt Plantain Strips 
  • 1 lb ground meat of choice
  • 1 Tbs avocado oil (ghee or butter also work great)
  • 1-2 Tbs of your favorite taco seasoning, or make your own with an equal mix of: cumin, oregano, chile powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt to taste
  • 2 cups (or more) of your fave cheese (we love raw cheese for the higher nutrient content and easier digestibility thanks to active enzymes that get lost in the pasteurization process)
  • 1 cup black or pinto beans
  • Sprinkle of sea salt
  • Additional  topping ideas: fresh lettuce, tomatoes, avocado or guac, sour cream or coconut yogurt, fresh cilantro, red or green onion, shredded carrot (sounds odd, but trust us, it is so good on nachos. Add before baking), salsa, fresh mango, fresh or pickled jalapeño


1.      Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a standard baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.      Spread plantain chips evenly across pan in a single layer.

3.      Heat a skillet over medium heat and add 1 Tbs cooking fat of choice. Add taco seasoning and ground meat, stirring to coat and break up meat. Cook over medium heat until fully cooked through.

4.      Distribute meat and beans evenly over plantain chips and sprinkle with desired amount of shredded cheese. If using tomatoes or shredded carrot, you can add them now for a little cooking time in the oven, or leave them off for post-oven topping.

5.      Bake plantains, meat, and cheese until cheese is melted (5-10 minutes. It doesn’t require much), just enough to warm everything up and melt together.

6.     Remove from oven and top with additional desired toppings. Enjoy! These are best warm. Any leftovers (a rarity) can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of days. They’re best reheated briefly on a sheet pan in the oven.

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Photo by Ashley Castle

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