Sunday, June 7, 2009

Nachos with Lime and Black Bean Dip

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We have a lot of leftover food from one of our taco nights. It doesn't take a culinary genius to realize that taco night can turn into nachos night pretty easily. I've also got nachos in the brain because I've been craving those gross orange Velveeta nachos that you'd get at movie theaters. Since we haven't made it to a movie theater for Up 3-D, the next best thing is to make some nachos at home (minus the Velveeta "cheese", of course).

First, the lime and black bean dip:
  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans, drained
  • 1/2 of a 6-ounce can of tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons of hot sauce (I used Sriracha sauce)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped cilantro or green onions for garnish (optional)
Sweat chopped onion in olive oil over medium low heat until the onions are translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add drained black beans, tomato paste, cumin, oregano, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Mix together. Cover and allow to cook until the beans are soft, about 8 to 12 minutes. Squeeze lime juice over the top. Mix well. Garnish with cilantro or green onions, if desired.

To assemble nachos, I put some blue corn tortilla chips in a oven-proof dish and top with about 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, some black bean dip and bake in 350 degree oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Add pickled jalapeno peppers, soy sour cream and some green onions. Yay for nachos!


  1. Aw, we went to UP 3-D at the Westfield today! You guys shoulda come with us. It was a super fun movie; definitely go see it! Plus that theater has free refills on large popcorn, with a choice of regular or kettle. Yum.

  2. We saw it today. Good movie. Pretty scary and sort of sad for a Pixar flick. I got movie nachos, and it was fully loaded with a bunch of stuff not just Velveeta.