Chili Baked Nachos

March 13, 2011


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.


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


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.


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


But I’m not sorry. Yummmm…


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


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

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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


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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