Nachos can be one of the healthier, crowd-pleasing gluten-free appetizers as long as you carefully read labels when shopping for tortilla chips, refried beans, salsa and seasonings used in nacho recipes. When heading off to the grocery take along a copy of the Triumph Dining Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide, a real help when shopping for gluten-free products.
When possible choose organic products without added MSG, trans fats and preservatives. Some refried bean products are loaded with... unhealthy ingredients. Also, "flavored" tortilla chips can contain gluten - look for "gluten-free" on the label!
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An authentic Mexican nachos recipe from our Guide to Mexican Food, this recipe calls for refried or black beans, guacamole, fresh diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeno rings and more.
Amy's Kitchen makes a delicious canned refried bean product - "Organic Refried Bean with Green Chilis." These refried beans are perfect for gluten-free nacho recipes. Amy's website provides allergen information - complete with handy symbols and label ingredient information. Amy's organic refried beans... are gluten-free, dairy free, soy free and are made without trans fats, added MSG and preservatives. Nice!
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Here's a hearty "Game Day Nachos" recipe from our Guide to Southern Food that's loaded with all the basic ingredients people look for in a nachos recipe, including lean ground beef, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, jalapenos, lots of cheese and refried beans. Be sure your refried beans are gluten-free - and hopefully free of MSG, trans fats and preservatives too.
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If you've got the time and inclination, homemade cheese sauce, fresh salsa and gluten-free taco seasoning mix all add to the flavor of homemade gluten-free nachos!