nachos, rethunk

Little black beans were soaking overnight, waiting to take a plunge in a bubbling pot of water. 

However, no recipes were on the brain.  I just like to have a fridge stocked with fresh beans.  Don’t you?

So, what to do with these beans?

I had no intention of making nachos.  It just never occurs to me to make nachos at home.  Why, why, whyyy not??

Once the thought of nachos entered my head, I just couldn’t shake it.  With no corn tortillas or tortilla chips in the house, I was forced into making my own.  This sounded labor intensive.  The exact opposite of what I wanted.

Google search #27 of the morning and counting: “corn tortilla recipe”

masa harina + water + salt

Seriously.  That is all you need.

Why, why, whyyy have I not made these before??  A slightly soft center, surrounded by crispy, corn flavored jagged edges, dusted with sea salt.  Perfectly imperfect. 


To play into the “nachos, rethunk” title, besides making my own chips, I also made a simple cashew sauce that rivals melted cheddar cheese.  Or maybe it’s been too long since I’ve had a plate full of melted cheddar cheese nachos?

Either way, this sauce made the dish come alive.

It’s not cheese.

Or cheese like. 

It’s just…really tasty.


Do black beans typically fall on your nacho plate?

They definitely fall on mine, and turn a side dish into a meal.   


Instead of guacamole, cubed avocado works just as well.  Okay, nothing beats a good batch of guac, but that involves more time + 4 more ingredients.  I’ll leave the guac making to Kelsey + Chipotle. 

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or…camera 2?  Leaning towards 2.


For a corn tortilla recipe, check here.  Or, if you have Bob’s Red Mill Masa Harina, there is one right on the package!  I added salt to my dough and squeezed a little lime over them after cooking and topped with another sprinkle of salt.  I cooked mine in a pan with sunflower oil, then cut them into chip shape after cooking.

Layered Nachos

  • corn tortillas, toasted + cut into chips
  • black beans
  • cubed avocado
  • salsa
  • cashew cream sauce
  • repeat!

Cashew Cream Sauce

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/4 – 2/3 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-2 pinches cayenne [optional]
  1. Soak cashews in a bowl of water overnight, or for at least 4hrs.
  2. Drain + rinse and add to your blender with 1/4 cup of water and all of the spices.
  3. Blend until smooth, adding more water until desired consistency is met.

For a nacho cheezier cashew sauce, check these out these tworecipes.

Much more fun than tacos, wouldn’t you say? 

I inhaled this plate for the 2nd half of my lunch and enjoyed a much larger stack for dinner.


Pretty dang simple.

And pretty dang delicious.


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