Chili Baked Nachos

March 13, 2011

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I decided it was time to give my old standby baked nacho recipe an upgrade. As much as I love simple comfort foods, I get tired of eating the same version of the same dish time and time again. So, on occasion, I play off the basics to create a new version of an old favorite. This recipe is just as satisfying as the simpler version, but much more flavorful. 

I also love learning other people’s methods to create easy, go-to meals like baked nachos. What’s your favorite version of this dish?

Ingredients: (makes 4 to 6 servings)

1 can black beans (drained)

1 can vegetarian chili (as spicy as you like)

tortilla chips (enough to cover a baking pan)

1/4 cup diced onions

1/4 cup sliced black olives

a handful of chopped, fresh cilantro

a cup of shredded cheddar cheese (or any cheese blend you like)

1/2 tsp cumin

a few finely chopped pickled jalapenos (optional)

Toppings: salsa, sour cream, guacamole, shredded cabbage or lettuce

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine black beans, chili, and cumin.

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Line the bottom of a glass baking pan with tortilla chips.

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Evenly pour the chili bean mix over top of the nachos.

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Top with jalapenos, olives, onions, and cilantro. Skip the jalapenos if you don’t like it too spicy. If you’re a fan of hot food, these peppers are a great, and really easy way, to add a lot of flavor to almost any dish. I regularly add these to pizza, enchiladas, collards, and the list goes on and on.

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Cover with cheese. If you want to cut  back a bit on fat and calories, feel free to reduce the cheese. It won’t take away from the dish.

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Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until cheese is melted on top. When the cilantro, cumin and onions become fragrant, you’ll know it’s ready to eat.

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Look at all that cheese….I think I got a tad carried away.

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But I’m not sorry. Yummmm…

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Plate and serve the nachos with your favorite toppings. Isn’t it nice getting back to basics?

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*Stay tuned for my upcoming giveaway on Wednesday! Here’s a hint: it involves my latest food obsession.

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  5. Chili Stuffed Sweet Potato

{ 25 comments }

Kim @ Feed Me, Seymour March 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Yum… These look so tasty and cheesy and gooey. I eat nachos like they are going out of style, so I’ll be sure to try them this way next time!!!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 16, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Me too! I could eat them every night. ;)

Baking 'n' Books March 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I LOVE Nachos!

And NEVER apologize for cheese – cheese is the best :) Love it. Never added beans before – that would be interesting. I pretty much eat pasta sauce and cheese on any meal I make – every night…is that wrong? probably…

I have a give-away still on my site too for CSN stores gift certificate if you or readers are interested.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

Cheese is glorious! Thanks for the giveaway info!

Toni March 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Those nachos look delicious! My husband and I love to make a meal out of nachos every so often! This recipe is a keeper for sure! Thanks for sharing!

Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc March 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Wow! Look at those cheese. While I may be allergic to cheese, I think this would be awesome for my cheese-loving friends. I’m saving this recipe for my next party:)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 16, 2011 at 8:03 am

It would definitely be great party food. You could easily leave off the cheese and it would be still be great- or try vegan cheese.

Kandi March 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Those look TOO good.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Thanks, Kandi!

Clarissa March 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

My comments never seem to show up anymore, boo! Anyways, I LOVE nachos!

Peggy March 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

oh my! These nachos look fantastic! All that cheesy goodness – sign me up! =)

Homer March 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

I could eat nachos seven days a week! Thanks for posting!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

Ditto.

Nicole @ Fresh n Fit March 15, 2011 at 10:16 am

I love cheese nachos! This recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

Thanks, Nicole! Hope you love them as much as I did.

The Teenage Taste March 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm

A dish with jalapenos and cheese!? I must be dreaming! Two of my loves right there! Thanks for the recipe! :-)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 15, 2011 at 11:28 am

You’re welcome! :) Hope you like it as much as I did!

Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) March 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Looks great! I love baked nachos and haven’t made them in forever! Plus with the veggie chili, this is perfect for lent too! SCORE!

Clarissa @ Sober and the City March 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Nachos are one of my favorite foods and SO easy to make its silly not to :) I skip the olives and usually just go with chips, cheese and salsa but I love the black bean addition!

Meredith March 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I would never think to make healthier nachos at home. What a great idea! It would be an easy meal for a single girl to make a serving or two. Yum!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Yes! It’s super easy to make it for one or two people- just use a smaller baking dish.

jen March 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

That looks great!…You got me craving chili nachos at 9:30 in the morning :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

You and me both, lady! And that’s not a bad thing. ;)

Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} March 14, 2011 at 11:24 am

This looks amazing. Perfect for a quick easy meal on those crazy busy nights! I agree back to basics with meals.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

Thanks, Lisa! Love meals like this when I get home late from work and I just want something easy.

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