Don't get me wrong, I love beef, but sometimes it's so expensive and I'm lazy and don't want to cook it, so I played around and came up with these nachos, which are quick and easy and delicious. Full of protein and I never miss the meat. You can use any kind of salsa with these, or I just tried it this morning with Taco Bell's new "bold and spicy chipotle" creamy sauce and they were amazing. The picture here is from the time I used both pinto and black beans in the nachos. You can use any kind of bean; I just use pinto beans because they are usually the cheapest. You can also add onions, peppers, tomatoes, or other nacho toppers to shake things up a bit.
Notes from the Test Kitchen:
These are just like pre-dipped chips... yum! They get soggy pretty quick, so prepare to munch just as soon as they're cool enough to eat. Perfect for game nights... or whenever!
tortilla chips (homemade is best and cheaper too)
pinto beans, 14 ounce, drained
ortega thick & smooth taco sauce
garlic, minced (a gralic press works wonders here)
1Pour can of beans into a mixing bowl. Mash with a potato masher until they are the desired consistency.
2Stir in taco sauce and garlic to the bean mixture. Mix well.
3Lightly grease a cookie sheet and arrange the tortilla chips on the sheet in one layer.
4Drop spoonfuls of the bean mixture onto each of the chips. Cover with cheese and bake at 375 for approximately 10 minutes. Allow to cool a few minutes before eating, as the filling especially will be scalding hot.