Whether being made as a game day dish to share, or as a quick and easy comforting dish that you can throw together, these Chipotle Black Bean Nachos will give you a kick of spice with a protein punch. They are so good that you won’t want to share them!
Did you miss National Tortilla Chip Day! Yep, there really is a day for everything. Whilst there are some very strange, not sure of the point, celebration days out there, this is a day that we can get behind. To celebrate, we had to do the best thing you can do with a tortilla chip, and that is made nachos!
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These are not just any ordinary nachos though, because underneath all that delicious chunky salsa is piles of smokey chipotle black beans. You remember than Chipotle Black Bean Stew that we shared a while back? Well, we had a ton leftover (don’t we always?!) and we were thinking of ways to use it up and *boom* Chipotle Black Bean Nachos were invented.
If you like inviting people round to watch a sports game, or just like having people over to share a big tray of food, then these will go down really well. You know that episode of Friends where Joey says “JOEY DOESN’T SHARE FOOD!!” Well, we are kind of like that with other people. With each other we can share food, because we have been together for 16 years, but with anyone else we start getting twitchy. Like, there needs to be clear boarders on which part of the plate everyone can eat from. It’s not a hygiene thing, it’s a greedy thing. Don’t look at me like that! You know you do the same too 😉
Most people’s first experience of Mexican food is nachos and we are no different. I remember going to a new pub/restaurant and seeing nachos on the menu and thinking that it must be a really fancy place, as I had never heard of them before. Feeling “adventurous”, I gave them a go and my spicy loving belly was happy. Since then we have eaten some incredible nachos in Mexico itself and those first nachos from years ago are laughable. We have definitely upped our nacho game since then.
Nachos really do have a little bit of everything you could possibly want and now we have added these smoky black beans, they have even more! The added protein will help keep you fuller for longer and a bonus is that the whole thing can be vegan if you use a vegan cheese.
Let’s talk a little bit about the humble tortilla chip. Although everyone thinks of them as a Mexican food, they were actually created in Los Angeles in the 1940s. The triangle shaped tortilla chip was created as a way to use up tortilla rejects from the manufacturing machines.
Now nachos, they were created in Mexico and they were made for a group of hungry military wives. The person who created them had the nickname nacho, so he named them after himself. I bet the army wives were well happy when that creation landed on their table.
After our post the other day on 20 Ways To Waste Less Food, we are determined not to waste anything, so we will be sharing different ways to use up the leftovers of our own recipes, like this.
Chipotle Black Bean Nachos
- 200 g Tortilla Chips
- ¼ portion of Chipotle Black Bean Stew
- ¼ portion of Pico De Gallo
- 100 g Cheese of your choice (one that melts well)
- Jalapeños, to suit your level of spiciness
- 2 spring onions, chopped
- 1 avocado, mashed
Firstly, arrange a layer of tortilla chips (100g) over a baking tray.
Spoon the Chipotle Black Bean Stew over the tortillas and then grate half the cheese over the stew.
Repeat the layering process with the remaining tortilla chips, Chipotle Black Bean Stew and cheese.
Bake at 200°C for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
Finally, remove from the oven and top with the spring onions, jalapeños, Pico De Gallo and mashed avocado.
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