Pennsylvania Garden Nachos

If you’re swimming in late-summer produce but can’t face another salad, meet your new favorite way to use up a few pounds of veggies: garden nachos. Now, we couldn’t call these “healthy,” per se, but they are about the most vegetable-laden version of this cheesy snack that we’ve ever had.

garden nachos

We’ve included a recipe, though you don’t really need one. Any veggies that are growing in abundance in your edible garden, or veggies showing up in your CSA share, are good candidates for garden nachos! Zucchini or other summer squash? Sure! Teeny spicy radishes! You betcha! Even peaches would make an amazing topping. So, let your imagination run wild and make up a batch of these locally inspired nachos; we’d bet they’ll become a new summer favorite in your house!

PA Garden Nachos

Serves 4
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
5 min 10 min 15 min


  • 1 large bag tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheese (we used a mix of cheddar and Monterey Jack)
  • Canned black beans, rinsed
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Bell or mini sweet peppers, sliced or diced
  • Tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • Fresh corn kernels
  • Jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced (optional)
  • Lime yogurt crema (lime zest stirred into greek yogurt)
  • Fresh basil and/or cilantro, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread foil over a baking sheet or oven-proof platter.
  2. Spread out the chips in a single layer and cover with a generous amount of shredded cheese. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  3. Spread a second layer of chips and shredded cheese on top and bake for another five minutes.
  4. While the nachos are still hot, top with beans, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, peppers, corn and jalapenos.
  5. Drizzle on the lime crema, then sprinkle with fresh herbs.

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