Plantain Chip Nachos

Plantain Chips Nachos by Against all Grain


In case you missed the big news, I’m expecting and am due in September! I did not eat Paleo with Asher. My symptoms of my autoimmune disease went away and I thought I was ‘cured’ so I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted. Big mistake. It all caught up with me when Asher was 9 months old and I had one of the worst flares of my life.

So I committed long ago to sticking to it with the second pregnancy, and here we are!

The first 3 months are the hardest. I have had so much more morning (aka ALL DAY) sickness with this one. And terrible migraines. I used to get migraines in high school but rarely get them since going paleo, but this pregnancy brought them back in full force. Daily.

During the first 8 weeks or so, there were only a few things that I could stomach and that calmed my stomach. Paleo baked goods – my real deal chocolate chip cookies (1 or 2 in the morning first thing!), muffins, and crepes. I kept one of those in the fridge or in my purse at all times. And Nut Thins. Yep, there’s rice in them. They are definitely NOT “Against all Grain.” But they worked and they didn’t cause any symptoms, so hooray!

I’ve now entered into the phase of cravings, but it’s much different this time than it was with Asher. With him, I craved real pizza with ranch dressing and awful things like Taco Bell and Wendy’s! I’m assuming this time is different because I have eaten so clean for the past 3 years that those tastes are not fresh enough to be palatable anymore to me, but who knows! I haven’t craved anything out of the ordinary so far and have been really happy to just eat the foods I normally eat for the most part. Except that I had to graze all day long to not feel sick, so the foods I normally ate but in smaller portions and 8 times a day!

Grain-free Plantain Chip Nachos from Against all Grain

I’ve currently been craving Mexican food and especially chips. So I’ve splurged on plantain chips from Trader Joe’s quite a few times with my favorite salsa. The other day I had leftover crockpot chicken taco meat (recipe is in Against all Grain) and I got crazy and made nachos. They were unbelievably good. Well at least for this pregnant gal.

Lucky for all of you out there, you’re going to get some awesome (and likely out of the box) recipes coming your way in the next couple of months. And I have a feeling there will be quite a few pregnancy-induced craving recipes showing up towards the end of Meals Made Simple as well, like the Pepperoni Pizza Pasta I impulsively made the other night! I do plan to do a kid’s book once things slow down with this little new one on the way (no guarantees of timing with that one, but I’m guessing a couple of years from now!) and I will definitely have to include a craving section for the mamas!

Get creative with your ingredients here. You can really add or subtract whatever you’d like. This is more of an idea than a recipe! For those following the SCD, skip the chips and make my cheese ‘chips’ as the base for nachos!

Primal Plantain Chip Nachos from Against all Grain
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Plantain Chip Nachos

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com


PREP TIME: 5 minutes mins

COOK TIME: 5 minutes mins TOTAL TIME: 10 mins


  • 3 ounces plantain chips (I use either Inka Chips or Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 1/4 cup leftover chicken or beef taco meat
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheese (my favorite so far has been a goat’s milk gouda cheese or raw cheddar cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons salsa of choice (I love the Organic Tomatillo and Roasted Yellow Chili Salsa)
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons slice black olives
  • other toppings: guacamole or avocado crema 


  1. Set the oven to broil and position a rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Spread the plantain chips in a single layer on a baking sheet. Top with meat and cheese.
  3. Broil for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the chips have slightly browned on the edges. If the cheese is not melting, close the oven door for a few seconds but watch it closely so the chips don’t burn.
  4. Top with salsa, avocado, and olives.
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  • Guest

    I’m not on the paleo diet but I like getting inspiration from your blog for healthy dishes. I wish I could eat less grains but I’m also preggers (due the same time as you!) and be lovin’ the carbs – I’m less big on pizza, etc. and more on dark chocolate and french fries (not too bad I guess :P). This looks delish and I’m definitely going to try it.

  • Ashley

    This looks fantastic! I’m due in June and had a similar experience, thinking I was “cured” of my digestive issues during those early weeks. I mostly maintained a GF/DF/paleo-leaning diet, but some days I just HAD to have a bagel with cream cheese! I thought I could eat whatever I wanted, and felt my old symptoms coming back. Now that my food aversions have died down, I’ve gotten by diet back on track and have been feeling pretty great – mentally, emotionally, and especially physically. It’s amazing what a good diet will do! Best of luck on the rest of your pregnancy and congratulations on the babes :)

  • Jill

    Congratulations Danielle! I’m due in June with my first child. I didn’t have bad morning sickness but had no interest in meat during the first trimester. So I tried to stay paleo-like but really wanted carbs so I ate gluten free oatmeal and granola bars. My husband and I eat Paleo but lately we’ve added back Greek yogurt and quinoa. Anyway I just started my 3rd trimester so it won’t be long now. Take care and enjoy your new one on the way!

  • Amy Martin

    Hi-I am new to your blog but I love it. My husband and I started following the Beyond Diet program in September and have loved eating healthy. He had a heart attack and it is crucial for him to eat healthy. It is almost paleo but she does do beans, Greek yogurt, and some dairy-she is like you that she prefers raw dairy. She also believes in buying organic. Anyway, I have missed bread the most and baked goods. So I am so excited to have this cookbook now-bought it on my nook. Anyway I was wondering if it is ok to post your recipes on their website so long as I give you credit? I also will make sure you have them on your blog not just exclusively in your cookbook. Hopefully it will inspire some of those people to buy your cookbook. The sandwich bread recipe is in my oven right now-can’t wait to try it! I made your chocolate layer cake but made it just as a sheet cake-13 by 9 and it was wonderful! I also made the real deal chocolate chip cookies but only put in the chocolate chips not the chunks as my family does not like a lot of dark chocolate and they loved those. Since being on this way of life eating my there has been very few things that my family has all liked and two of them were your recipes. I was getting discouraged and now your book and blog has inspired me! I am going to make the chocolate cake into an Olaf (from the movie Frozen) for my daughter’s five year old birthday. thanks for all of your hard work-I know how much time it takes to cook this way but to create recipes I can’t even imagine!

  • Jill

    This was delicious! Thank you and congrats!