Sunday, January 22, 2012


You won't miss meat with these.

We've been making nachos a lot lately. Like, at least once a week, sometimes more. It started when my roommate and I bought a $5 bag of chips from Costco for our Halloween party (if you've never purchased chips from Costco,  it's two huge bags of tortilla chips in one, for something like 5 pounds of chips). We went through about half of one bag during the party and since they were there we just ate the rest. Actually, I began making nachos when I was home alone and one night made them for both of us. Rich loved them so much he wanted to make them all the time.

And they're so delicious that I never say no.

Tortilla chips
Can of beans (black or refried)
Soyrizo (optional... ground turkey or beef can also be used)
Cheese (enough to blanket the chips)
Bell peppers (color of your choice)
Sour Cream
Cilantro and/or green onions

Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and spread your chips in a single layer. Drain the can of black beans (if you're using refried you might want to heat it separately first to help it spread) and spread it evenly over the chips. 

This is also where you'll want to add some chopped onions.

Optional soyrizo: Cook in a pan on the stove like you would ground turkey or beef (and if you're using ground turkey or beef brown it in a pan on the stove). Cook it thoroughly but don't make it dry cause it's going in the oven in a minute. Spread your cooked soyrizo on the beans and chips evenly so every bite has some. We didn't use soyrizo in these pictures because we ran out.

Cover  the chips and beans with shredded cheese. In the pictures, we're using a mix of pepper jack and cheddar. 

Stick the cookie sheet in the oven at a high temperature, like 400 degrees. Keep an eye on it while it's cooking so you can get the cheese to your perfect level of melted.

This was in the oven about ten minutes.

Meanwhile, chop your tomatoes, bell peppers and avocado (and onions, if you haven't done this already). Once your nachos are nice and gooey stick the fresh ingredients on top with sour cream. Black olives and salsa are also great. 

One cookie sheet of nachos feeds us both, but it has also fed 4 people when we're not being complete fatties.

With this many chopped veggies nachos are healthy, I don't care what you say.


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