Easy Healthy Big Mac Nachos with McDonalds Sauce

Make the best-tasting healthy big mac nachos with a copycat McDonalds big mac sauce made with greek yogurt. The cheesy nachos include ground beef, tortilla chips, melted cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles for the perfect gluten-free appetizer or fun weeknight dinner everyone will love!

Plate of big mac nachos with big mac sauce.

Look no further for the best-tasting viral healthy Big Mac Nachos with a healthier McDonald’s Big Mac sauce recipe. My easy recipe is a delicious way to enjoy all the flavors of a classic Big Mac without the bun. They’re made with seasoned ground beef crispy tortilla chips, melted cheddar cheese, and fresh toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. The final touch is a drizzle of my high-protein Big Mac sauce with greek yogurt, avocado oil, and apple cider vinegar. 

They’re conveniently baked in a sheet pan and are the perfect gluten-free appetizer or meal that’s perfect for sharing. Whether you’re hosting a party or just craving something different for dinner, this healthy mash-up of a big mac cheeseburger and cheesy nachos will quickly become a favorite.

What makes these big mac nachos healthier than other recipes?

The healthy hacks in this recipe for more nutritious nachos include using gluten-free tortilla chips made with avocado oil, lean ground beef, cheddar cheese instead of liquid nacho cheese, fresh lettuce, tomato, and pickles, and adding my healthy Big Mac sauce with Greek yogurt and avocado oil and naturally sweetened with touch of maple syrup.

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Why You’ll Love This Easy Big Mac Sheet Pan Nachos Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Tray of big mac tacos with big mac sauce.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make healthy big mac baked nachos and sauce:

Ground Beef: Use lean ground turkey or chicken for a lighter option with less fat, or plant-based ground meat for a vegetarian or vegan alternative.

Avocado Oil: You can also use light olive oil or any oil with a high smoke point.

White Onion: Substitute with red onions or green onions for a slightly different flavor profile, or shallots for a milder taste.

Garlic: Replace with garlic powder, using 1 teaspoon for 4 cloves of garlic, or shallots for a milder, sweeter flavor.

Worcestershire Sauce: Swap with soy sauce for a similar umami flavor, or balsamic vinegar for a tangy alternative.

Salt and Pepper: Use herb blends like Mrs. Dash for a salt-free seasoning, or sea salt or pink Himalayan salt as a healthier salt option.

Cheddar Cheese: Opt for low-fat cheddar for a lighter option, vegan cheese for a dairy-free alternative, or nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor without the dairy. You can also spread pieces of American cheese over the chips.

Tortilla Chips: Choose baked tortilla chips for a lower-fat option, or kale chips or sweet potato chips for a healthier twist.

Lettuce: Substitute with spinach or arugula for more nutrient-dense greens, or cabbage for a crunchy alternative.

Roma Tomatoes: Use cherry tomatoes, sliced in half for a sweeter option, or sundried tomatoes for a more intense flavor.

Pickle Slices: Replace with fresh cucumber slices for a milder taste, or banana peppers for a spicier kick.

Sesame Seeds: Use chia seeds for added nutrition, or hemp seeds for a similar texture and nutritional boost.

Greek Yogurt: You can also use mayo, whipped cottage cheese, or sour cream.

Mustard Powder: Mustard in a jar will also work instead.

Pure Maple Syrup: You can also use honey, agave nectar, or granulated sugar.

Apple Cider Vinegar: White vinegar can also be used.

Onion Powder, Paprika, Garlic Powder: You can adjust, replace or omit any of these seasonings if needed.

Tray of big mac tacos with big mac sauce.

How to Make My Healthy Nachos Recipe

Here are easy, detailed, step-by-step instructions for making my easy ground beef nachos. The instructions are also repeated in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

Step 1: Cook the Ground Beef

Preheat your oven to 400°F.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil and onions. Toss the onions to coat and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the ground beef, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and a dash of pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the meat is brown. Drain off the oil and transfer the meat mixture to a paper towel-lined plate.

Browning the ground beef in a frying pan.
Ground beef on a paper towel-lined plate to drain off the excess liquid.

Step 2: Bake the Nachos

Spread the tortilla chips in a single layer in a large sheet pan. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheddar cheese over the chips. Evenly distribute the cooked ground beef mixture over the layer of chips followed by the remaining cheese.

Bake the nachos for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Adding shredded cheese to the top of the tortilla chips.
Breaking up ground beef on top of the chips.

Step 3: Prepare the Fresh Ingredients

While the nachos are baking, shred the lettuce, dice the Roma tomatoes, and prepare the pickle slices.

Step 4: Make the Big Mac Sauce

In a small bowl, combine the greek yogurt, avocado oil, mustard powder, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper and whisk until well combined.

Adding garlic powder to the big mac sauce.
Mixing the big mac sauce.

Step 5: Add the Fresh Toppings

Remove the nachos from the oven and immediately top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and pickle slices. Drizzle the big mac sauce over the nachos. Then sprinkle sesame seeds as a garnish and serve immediately.

Adding pickles to the top of the nachos.
Plate of big mac nachos with big mac sauce.

Helpful Recipe Notes

Chip Shapes: Choose tortilla chips that are relatively flat. If any of the chips are folded in half, simply break them in half to create a flatter surface for all your toppings.

Serving: These nachos taste best when served immediately after assembling.

Seasoning: You can adjust the seasonings and sauce to your taste preference.

Delicious Nacho Serving Suggestions

Big Mac Salad: Transform the nachos into a Big Mac salad by serving the seasoned beef, fresh toppings, and Big Mac sauce over a bed of shredded lettuce. Add crumbled tofu for extra protein and texture.

Big Mac Vegan Nachos: Create vegan big mac nachos by replacing the ground beef with crumbled tofu seasoned similarly and adding black beans for extra protein. Use vegan cheese and a vegan-friendly dressing for the sauce.

Loaded Nacho Platter: Serve a loaded nacho platter by adding black beans and crumbled tofu along with the traditional toppings. This adds extra protein and makes the dish heartier.

Nacho Bowls: Create individual nacho bowls for a fun and customizable serving option. Layer tortilla chips, seasoned ground beef or crumbled tofu, black beans, and cheese in bowls, then top with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. Drizzle with Big Mac sauce before serving.

Family-Style Nacho Bar: Set up a family-style nacho bar with separate bowls of seasoned ground beef, crumbled tofu, black beans, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, pickles, cheese, and Big Mac sauce. Let everyone build their own nacho plates according to their preferences.

Refrigeration: Store any leftover nachos in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be kept for up to 2 days.

Separate Toppings: If possible, store the fresh toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, pickles) separately from the nachos to maintain their freshness and prevent sogginess.

Reheating Instructions: To reheat, spread the nachos out on a baking sheet and warm them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. This will help the chips regain some of their crispiness.

Microwave Reheating: If using a microwave, place the nachos on a microwave-safe plate and heat in short intervals (30-45 seconds), checking frequently to avoid making the chips too soggy.

Fresh Toppings: Add fresh toppings after reheating to maintain the best texture and flavor.

Avoid Freezing: Freezing is not recommended as the tortilla chips can become too soft and lose their texture upon thawing and reheating.

Can I make this recipe vegan big mac nachos?
Yes, you can substitute the ground beef with plant-based ground meat and use vegan cheese to make the recipe vegetarian or vegan.

What can I use instead of Big Mac sauce?
You can use any sauce or salad dressing, including Thousand Island, Ranch, or Avocado dressing.

How can I make these nachos gluten-free?
Ensure that the tortilla chips and Worcestershire sauce you use are gluten-free. Most other ingredients in the recipe are naturally gluten-free.

What can I use instead of tortilla chips?
You can use baked tortilla chips for a lower-fat option, or try kale chips or sweet potato chips for a healthier twist.

Can I prepare the ground beef mixture in advance?
Yes, you can prepare the ground beef mixture up to 2 days in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat it before assembling the nachos.

How do I keep the nachos crispy when reheating?
To keep the nachos crispy, reheat them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes. Avoid microwaving as it can make the chips soggy.

Can I add other toppings to the nachos?
Absolutely! You can customize the nachos by adding other toppings, such as jalapeños, olives, or bell peppers.

What can I use instead of pickles?
You can use fresh cucumber slices for a milder taste or banana peppers for a spicier kick.

Can I make this recipe without cheese?
Yes, you can omit the cheese or use a dairy-free alternative like vegan cheese or nutritional yeast to keep the nachos cheesy without dairy.

Do you love ground beef? Check out more of my easy and nutritious ground beef recipes:

Plate of big mac nachos with big mac sauce.

Easy Healthy Big Mac Nachos with McDonald’s Sauce

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Make the best-tasting healthy Big Mac nachos with a copycat McDonalds Big Mac sauce made with greek yogurt. The cheesy nachos include ground beef, tortilla chips, melted cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles for the perfect gluten-free appetizer or fun weeknight dinner everyone will love!
5 from 7 votes
Servings 8
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 white onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 12 ounce bag of tortilla chips
  • 2 cups lettuce (shredded)
  • 2 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/2 cup pickle slices
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Big Mac Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (or powder)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F.
    In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil and onions. Toss the onions to coat and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the ground beef, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and a dash of pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the meat is brown. Drain off the oil and transfer the meat mixture to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Spread the tortilla chips in a single layer in a large sheet pan. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheddar cheese over the chips. Evenly distribute the cooked ground beef mixture over the layer of chips followed by the remaining cheese.
    Bake the nachos for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • While the nachos are baking, shred the lettuce, dice the Roma tomatoes, and prepare the pickle slices.
  • In a small bowl, combine the greek yogurt, avocado oil, mustard, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper and whisk until well combined.
  • Remove the nachos from the oven and immediately top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and pickle slices. Drizzle the big mac sauce over the nachos. Then sprinkle sesame seeds as a garnish and serve immediately.

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Notes

Chip Shapes: Choose tortilla chips that are relatively flat. If any of the chips are folded in half, simply break them in half to create a flatter surface for all your toppings.
Serving: These nachos taste best when served immediately after assembling.
Seasoning: You can adjust the seasonings and sauce to your taste preference.

Nutrition

Calories: 537kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 20gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 761mgPotassium: 374mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 555IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 283mgIron: 2mg
Keyword healthy nachos, nachos, sheet pan nachos
Did you make this recipe?Please let me know in the comments below how it turned out 🙂

13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are seriously uh-mazing!! They disappeared fast. I love the healthier sauce with the greek yogurt. These taste just like a big mac which made my son very happy 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to share this recipe with you!! These are so easy and delicious. Please let me know how they turn out 🙂

5 from 7 votes

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