Northwest Nachos

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12 servings

Featuring pears, vegetables and spices, these sweet and spicy nachos are filled with flavor. 


2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cups minced sweet onion
1 ½ lb. ground turkey meat
2 tbsp. smoked paprika
¼ tsp. ground red pepper
4 cups Pear Chipotle Barbecue Sauce (recipe follows)
3 qt. whole-grain pita chips or nacho chips
1 ½ cups plain Greek 0% yogurt
1 qt. Pacific Northwest Canned Pears, in juice, drained, diced
1 ½ cups tomatoes, fresh, diced
1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese
1 ½ cups minced scallions

Pear Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Yield: 1 quart
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups minced sweet onions
1 ½ tbsp. chipotle in adobo, minced
1 tbsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 qt. Pacific Northwest Canned Pears, in juice, drained, chopped
3 cups pear juice
½ cup cider vinegar
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. tomato paste
Salt and cracked black pepper to taste


  1. In skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; add onions and sauté 6 to 7 minutes, stirring often, until golden-brown and slightly caramelized.
  2. Stir in turkey, paprika and pepper and cook over medium heat until meat is cooked through, stirring often.
  3. Mix in 2 cups Pear Chipotle Barbecue Sauce and return to simmer. Cook 3 to 4 minutes over low, stirring often, until hot. Keep warm.
  4. In large soup plate or wide bowl, mound 1 cup nacho chips. Top with ½ cup barbecue turkey, 2 tablespoons yogurt, ⅓ cup canned pears, 2 tablespoons tomatoes, 2 tablespoons cheese, 2 tablespoons scallions and drizzle with 2 to 3 tablespoons Pear Chipotle Barbecue Sauce.

Pear Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

  1. In large sauce pan, heat oil over medium-high heat; add onions and sauté 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Mix in chipotle, paprika and garlic powder and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer sauce 35 to 45 minutes, or until thickened and flavors have melded, adding water if necessary to adjust thickness. Adjust seasonings. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Purée in blender, until smooth and thick. Place in covered container and refrigerate at least 24 hours before using.
Source: Foodservice Solutions

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