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I am a huge fan of nachos. Along with pickles (remember my Air Fryer Low Carb Pickles recipe), nachos was my choice of snack at ANY festival, ball game, movie, etc.
Mr Skinny Louisiana would agree. While he likes nachos and does not love them like I do, a little over 6 years ago, he was asked to prepare nachos as our celebration meal when we found out we were pregnant with Christian. So yes, nachos has a special place in my heart.
But what about the carbs? Yes, I do realize the tortilla chips are loaded with carbs but also…
I wanted to add Louisiana flare to our nachos!
Gaining popularity in many Louisiana restaurants is the Gumbo Nacho. Combine the amazing trinity, seafood, sausage, and okra – this is a wonderful, mouth-watering appetizer.
It’s time to take Gumbo Nachos to the Skinny Louisiana drawing board! Using a few simple substitutions, we have an amazing Low Carb Gumbo Nacho recipe the entire family will love.
Let us know in the comments below if you have tried our recipe!
Before I go over ingredients, know the items used in this recipe can be found at many of your local supermarkets and Drug Emporium. Many of you know my love of Drug Emporium stores. Not only does Drug Emporium have amazing prices (often the cheapest in town), I work with this amazing company in putting on Low Carb Food Demonstrations and product selection for shelves. All my items in the recipes are from Drug Emporium. For a full list of Drug Emporium store locations, click here. No Drug Emporium in your town? No worries, you will be able to find these ingredients at your local supermarket.
While supermarkets do have a selection of seafood, make sure you are purchasing Gulf Coast and/or Louisiana Gulf Coast seafood. Do not purchase seafood from foreign countries since often it is treated with salt solutions to prevent formation of ice crystals.
Chips are the basis of any nacho recipe, and while we love the crunch, the carbs in chips makes us run away very fast in the low carb world. A serving of tortilla chips yields 12 grams of carbs and 0 grams of fiber but we must be honest, who eats 1 serving? No one! We used our mini peppers in this recipe with a serving (6 halves) yielding approximately 5 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber (depending on size).
While oil is a low carb item, we specifically use olive oil for its heart healthy properties.
While many of us recognize shrimp as a protein and not a high carb meat, many question, ‘Is this an ok meat?’ Shrimp is an amazing source of protein with three ounces of shrimp yielding 0 carbs and 20 grams of protein. While it is tempting to look in our supermarket freezer section for shrimp, make sure the product is raw and from the coast. Often, shrimp imported from foreign countries have been treated with a salt solution to prevent ice crystal formation.
Tony Chachere’s BOLD Creole Seasoning
I need SPICE! Containing zero carbs AND a whole lot of kick, Tony Chachere’s BOLD Creole Seasoning gives this dish a POW without hiking up the sodium content.
2% Shredded Cheddar Cheese
While my keto friends will opt for the full fat version of this cheese, I do enjoy saving calories by using a 2% version.
Light Sour Cream
Following in saving calories, I do use a light sour cream. Keto friends are welcome to use full fat sour cream.
Let’s ROAST those peppers.
Be GENTLE with okra.
Time to BAKE.
Make it PRETTY.
I highly doubt you will have any leftovers, but you can store in the refrigerator in any reusable plastic container with a lid.
Since this recipe contains shrimp, be very careful reheating. Overcooked shrimp can become very rubbery. I would suggest removing shrimp – heating the nachos – then heat the shrimp for a very short period of time.
Yield: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts per Serving: Calories: 240, Total fat: 10g, Saturated fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 105mg, *Sodium: 550mg, Total carbs: 6g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 25g.
NET CARBS: 4g.
*Sodium is dependent on type of sausage selected. Compare labels and select the sausage with the lowest amount of sodium.
Carb count exclude sugar alcohols. New carb count is determined with the equation total carbohydrate – total fiber – sugar alcohol.
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This recipe was developed and copyright by culinary dietitian Shelly Marie Redmond. She is the author of Skinny Louisiana…in the Kitchen and upcoming Skinny Louisiana…in the Slow Cooker. She practices out of Eberhart Physical Therapy which she co-owns with her husband Greg. In her spare time, she watches Snapped and Investigation Discovery.