A slightly healthier, vaguely more grown-up version of a childhood favourite: Super Nachos

When we were growing up, my sister and I used to make ourselves “Super Nachos” for lunch. This consisted of putting a bunch of tortilla chips in a dish, covering this with the contents of a tin of refried beans, grating on some cheddar cheese and sticking the whole thing in the microwave for 2 minutes. We ate this a lot – it might have been our favourite lunch.

This past weekend, I made a slightly healthier/more grown up version of this childhood favourite. We still started with tortilla chips, beans, and cheese going in the microwave, but at least the beans were homemade. I used Darina Allen’s recipe for refried beans, which seems pretty authentic and straightforward. We soaked the black beans over night, then cooked in plenty of water until very soft. The drained beans were then added to chopped onion and garlic that had been softened in lard, along with a bit of their cooking liquid, mashing the beans as we went.

Once the tortilla chips, beans, and cheese had been microwaved (to melt the cheese), we added chopped tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream and homemade guacamole and topped the whole thing off with a dash of hot sauce.

They were messy, but they were delicious – definitely worthy of the name “Super Nachos”


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