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Chicken and Black Bean Nachos Recipe

September 27, 2013
 Admittedly nachos don’t need a recipe. But sometimes, we the people, need to be reminded of the magic that can happen between crunchy chips and melty cheese.

Also that chips make a totally acceptable dinner (when they’re topped with chicken…or not).

I’d argue that taking an occasional break from worrying that every bite we put in our mouths needs to be healthy is……well, healthy.

Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

 So I present you with a recipe for nachos, but think of it more as a list; within which you might mix and match, add to or subtract from, whatever you need to do to create a happy meal (and I don’t mean the garbage that comes in a box with a toy that breaks before you get through the drive-thru).


Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

 I like to think of Fridays as good nacho days. End of the week, let your hair down kind of day. But Saturdays can make for exceptional nacho eating too if you’re into watching football, chillin’ in your crib, pants optional (if you’re a guy that is, I don’t know too many ladies who hang out with no pants on. If you do, I’d love to hear from you, it’s kind of been a thing in our house lately as my 1-year-old never wants to wear his pants and my husband says it’s because he’s a dude).

Whoa, that was random…… Let’s just call it perfect weekend food.

Chicken and Black Bean Nachos Recipe

Yield: 4-6


  • 7 ounces tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (14-ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 pound cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 jalapeño chile, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2-3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup salsa


  1. Heat oven to 450°F and arrange rack in upper third of oven. Line a ovenproof platter or baking sheet with a layer of chips, top with half of the chicken, half of the black beans and half of the cheese. Repeat the layering; chips, chicken, beans, and cheese.
  2. Bake until cheese is melted and starting to brown about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove and top with remaining ingredients. Serve with dollops of sour cream if desired.

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  • Gaby September 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Nachos are the BEST dinner in my opinion and there look fab!

  • Kate Ramos October 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Here, here! I couldn’t agree with you more Gaby!

  • aida mollenakmp October 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I actually love that pants tangent because it’s totally similar in our house except with shirts. All the brothers and boyfriends have always wandered about shirtless with just boardshorts on while us ladies always have 50 layers on!

    • Kate Ramos October 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Ha! That’s hilarious. I’m happy at this point if Hiro keeps any of his clothes on. 🙂

  • schanck November 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I’m guessing for the Foodie Fight Rematch question that it’s Cranberries! No idea if that’s right but you know the inherent problem with asking trivia on the internet is we can cheat 🙂 I didn’t though. My guess is a shot in the dark and the fact that were close to T day.
    I also can wait to try the Tomatillo salsa! We have a farmers market here in Detroit where I live and your recipes get me motivated to go out and find all those great ingredients and do it myself. That’s what Sundays are for right!

    • Kate Ramos November 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Aww Chris, you’re the best. I’m glad I can be of some inspiration to you!