Yellow-Eyed Bean Nachos

Cinco de Mayo is almost here.  But instead of doing something greasy and cheese-laden (although I will say I may have added a *teensy* bit more cheese to these bad boys than what was originally called for…oooppps….), I wanted to go with something that had a little more emphasis on protein.

Enter these nachos.

The original recipe calls for black-eyed peas, but, in a last minute decision at the market, I decided to run with these yellow-eyed beans instead (some people also refer to them as yellow-eyed peas).  I had never heard of them before but figured they would do.  I also decided to add in some black beans as well to up the protein content.  I DID buy the yellow-eyed beans dried, so I had to pre-cook them before baking the nachos (I soaked mine in water and boiled them-just cook them according to package directions.)

And, hellloooooooooo…love!  They turned out so well!  I even saved some and reheated them in the oven as leftovers the next day.  Next time I might add in some fresh tomatoes or salsa on top just to add a little more in the way of color, but overall the recipe is pretty amenable to whatever changes/substitutions you might prefer.

Yeah, they’re still nachos and they may not be super food.  But, Cinco de Mayo comes once a year.  Now, where’s my margarita?

Yellow-Eyed Bean Nachos

Servings: 4

 

Ingredients

1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup onion, chopped

2 teaspoons garlic, chopped (about 2 cloves)

1 and 1/2 cups yellow-eyed beans, cooked according to package directions

One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 teaspoon chili powder

Juice from one lime

Tortilla chips (I used about half of an 11-ounce bag)

8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

One 2.25-ounce can sliced black olives, drained

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

1 avocado, chopped

Sour cream, if desired

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

2. In a sauté pan over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil until shimmering.

3. Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

4. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or so.

5. Add the beans, chili powder, and lime juice, mixing well.  Cook for additional 2-3 minutes.

6. Meanwhile, spread the tortilla chips evenly out onto a rimmed baking sheet.

7. Top the tortilla chips with the bean mixture and cheese.

8. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 8-10 minutes or so.

9. Top with black olives, cilantro, and chopped avocado.  Serve with sour cream, if desired.

 

Source: Adapted from Whole Foods.

 

May 2, 2012 - 5:32 am

Blog is the New Black - I’ve never heard of these before, either! They sound amazing, though!

May 2, 2012 - 9:27 am

Jillian {Her Split Ends} - It’s 9:30 in the morning…and my mouth is watering…nachos for breakfast perhaps??

Cheers
~ Jillian
http://www.hersplitends.com

May 2, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Ann P. - Scrumptious-looking! I would really love someone to make these for me right now!

May 3, 2012 - 12:07 am

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious - Even though I don’t celebrate cinco de mayo, I’m loving all the recipes that are coming up! Especially this one. It has such amazing flavors in this. Can’t wait to give it a try!

May 4, 2012 - 5:00 am
May 8, 2012 - 12:58 am

LP @dishclips - This is a cool twist on nachos.

June 5, 2013 - 11:40 pm

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November 5, 2013 - 4:00 pm

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November 6, 2013 - 7:22 pm

JCBlues - you didn’t say where you got your yellow eye beans but hopefully you’ve heard about Rancho Gordo beans by now… great choice for heirloom beans and Mexican spices..

http://www.ranchogordo.com

LOL.. and NO I’m not a salesman or publicist for them… just someone who’s been cooking for 45+ years…

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