I spent most of last week in Ohio, the first part for work, and the weekend to see family. I had so much fun spending time with my parents and my friends from back home. I’m so blessed! Naturally, the trip included a stop at Chipotle… all three generations of us love Chipotle!
Cute, right? My mom and my grandma are the best! (Thanks, Dad, for taking the picture!)
Needless to say, life in my corner of the world has been a little insane between traveling and working, with a to-do list that seems to grow exponentially every time I check something off. It’s weird how that happens, but I swear that’s what’s going on. It’s not that I don’t know where the time goes, it’s just that there are too many things fighting for time. But I’m not the only one who feels this, right?
So in case you find yourself in need of a comfort food recipe, that won’t take up your whole evening to prepare, I’m posting this recipe for you. It’s not the lightest recipe, but it’s a good way to use up some of those potatoes in your garden, and it will definitely fill you up and leave your satisfied. So here you go!
Loaded Potato Nachos
- 4 small potatoes or 2 large potatoes
- 3/4 cup black beans, cooked, rinsed and drained
- 1 avocado, sliced
- Pico de gallo or a tomato based salsa
- Fresh cilantro
- Crushed red pepper
- Optional: Lettuce, cheese, plain Greek yogurt, etc.
Using a mandolin slicer, I sliced my potato into thin “chips” and spread them out on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Then I baked them in the oven for about 20 minutes, flipping a few times to make sure they didn’t stick to the pan, and keeping them crisp on both sides.
Then I topped them with the cheese and beans, and popped them back into the oven for a few minutes to let the cheese melt, and let the beans get warm. Then I topped with salsa and avocado. They’re like a slightly healthier version than regular nachos. (I know I’m slightly kidding myself when I saw these are “healthy” but they are healthier. Small wins.) If nothing else, it’s a little bit of built in portion control, since you can’t just grab more chips from the bag. And as long as you loaded it up with tomato salsa and black beans, I won’t tell anyone if you decide to eat nachos for dinner 😉 I’m sure these would be even more amazing with sweet potatoes!
Time to get back into the swing of things here in Virginia!