Black Bean and Chorizo Nachos 8.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

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Assemble this dish at the last minute and serve it piping hot, so the cheese is still melty.

For best results, create multiple layers of chips and chorizo. Shredded chicken or pork barbecue may be substituted for the chorizo, or opt for a meatless version.

Serve with guacamole and a little hot sauce on the side.


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Tested size: 8 servings

  • 8 ounces fresh Mexican chorizo, casings removed
  • 20 ounces corn tortilla chips
  • 5 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 5 ounces pepper jack cheese, grated
  • 2 cups (1 pint) cooked black beans, drained (may substitute pinto beans; see related recipe)
  • 12 pickled or fresh jalapeño pepper slices (seeded, if desired)
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, hulled and coarsely chopped
  • 4 scallions, white and light-green parts, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • Pickled red onions, for serving (optional; see related recipe)
  • Mexican crema or sour cream, for serving (optional)

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Have a baking sheet at hand.

Place pinches of the chorizo in a small skillet over medium heat; cook for about 5 minutes or just until the sausage loses its raw look yet remains moist, using a spatula to break it into crumbles. It will not be cooked through.

Spread half of the chips on the baking sheet. Evenly scatter half of the cheeses, half of the beans and half of the partially cooked chorizo over the chips. Repeat with the remaining chips, cheeses, beans and chorizo. Bake until bubbly, cheesy, hot and crisp, 18 to 20 minutes.

Top with the jalapeño slices, tomatoes, scallions and cilantro, and with the pickled red onions and crema or sour cream, if using. Serve right away.

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From Cathy Barrow, author of "Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry: Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving" (Norton, 2014).

Tested by Cathy Barrow.

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