Nachos with Watermelon Avocado Salsa

With watermelon always in season, add the signature color, flavor and texture to your menu during the fall and winter. Watermelon can be a great replacement for tomatoes so think of watermelon during football season with this great twist on nachos.

Serves: 8|Prep: 30 minutes|Cook: 10 minutes|Total: 40 minutes |Provided by Watermelon Board


  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 can of 4 ounce diced green chiles, drained
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 1/2 cups diced watermelon
  • dash salt (to taste)
  • 16 ounces can fat-free refried beans
  • 11 ounces corn tortilla chips
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup fat-free sour cream


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Salsa: Combine the first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to thoroughly mix. Add watermelon and toss gently. Set aside. (Makes about 2 1/3 cups salsa.)
  3. Heat beans over medium heat until hot. Mash if preferred.
  4. Assemble nachos: Place chips on an oven-proof flat plate or cookie sheet and then top with beans, then cheese. Repeat layers as desired. Heat in oven for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted and chips are hot.
  5. Top with salsa mixture (all of it or some with the rest placed in a bowl along side for dipping) and then sour cream.

About National Watermelon Promotion Board

The National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB), based in Winter Springs, Florida, was established in 1989 as an agricultural promotion group to promote watermelon in the United States and in various markets abroad. Funded through a self-mandated industry assessment paid by more than 1,500 watermelon producers, handlers and importers, NWPB mission is to increase consumer demand for watermelon through promotion, research and education programs. The Foodservice Program strives to place more watermelon on menus year-round, offering menu development and promotion support to operators across the country. Watermelon’s health, value and versatility lend itself to all menus. For additional information, visit