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Leftover Carnitas Sweet Potato "Nachos"
with tomatoes / avocados

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
We use sweet potato waffle fries instead of chips for a fun twist on nachos. With leftover carnitas from Monday, these "nachos" come together fast, feed a crowd, and are easy to customize with your favorite toppings. Featured in 2017, this recipe received great reviews from our Cook Smarts community.
Smarts: In testing we liked frozen sweet potato waffle fries (Alexia makes a version that was great here), so use those if you can find them and if they meet your diet preferences. If you prefer to use raw sweet potatoes, we've offered instructions for that option as well.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Leftover Carnitas Nachos:
  • Onions, medium - 1/2, diced
  • Lettuce, romaine - 1 heart, chopped
  • Tomatoes, medium - 1, diced
  • Avocados - 1, chopped
  • Cilantro - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Sweet potato waffle fries, frozen - 20 oz (sub sweet potatoes, sliced into wedges)
  • Slow-cooker carnitas (leftover from Monday) - ~3 cups
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
  • Salsa, any type - 1/4 cup

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Prep

  1. Onions - Dice onions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Lettuce / Tomatoes / Avocados / Cilantro - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Cook sweet potato waffle fries according to package directions. (Note: If using raw sweet potato wedges, toss wedges in some cooking oil. Spread out onto a sheet pan and season with some salt. Roast 400F / 204C until tender, ~30 minutes.)
  2. When fries / sweet potatoes are cooked, remove pan from oven and turn on oven's broiler.
  3. Top fries / sweet potatoes with onions and leftover carnitas. Place under the broiler and broil until carnitas are warmed through, 3 to 4 minutes (watch the nachos closely so they don't burn).
  4. Finish nachos with a squeeze of lime juice and cilantro. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, and salsa at the table so that everyone can customize. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (17)
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Gluten-free (0)
Paleo (6)
Vegetarian (6)

15 reviews

We have made this one many, many times. We swap the lentils for black beans since it is even easier & faster. This is a good crowd-pleasing meal as well - everyone can bring a side!

By: Evan
Posted: Jul 09, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

A good junk meal for a night at home hanging with the family. Wouldn’t make it a regular thing but it was enjoyed by all!

By: Aileen
Posted: Feb 22, 2019
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

These were delicious! As others have said, not the healthiest but definitely a hit when you want a splurge meal.

By: Amanda
Posted: Feb 18, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Not the healthiest but very tasty and the whole family enjoyed it.

By: Nicki
Posted: Jan 19, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

YUM! DIFFERENT FROM TACO CHIPS BUT VERY GOOD!!

By: Kathryn
Posted: Dec 12, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used both normal and sweet potato fries and this was an easy and yummy if not the most healthy way to eat leftover carnitas.

By: Shawn
Posted: Dec 11, 2018
Diet: Original
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