nacho average leftovers

by Holly on February 21, 2012

in dinner,gluten-free,leftovers,Mexican,rambling,vegetarian

Sooo…did you do it?

Did you take some pride, get gussied up and emanate some serious look good, feel good vibes?

Because I did! Two days in a row. Make-up. Cute outfits. Clean hair. Minor deodorant stains. And I only forgot to brush my teeth in the morning one of those days! Success. And today, while wearing my new June Ruby dress (and taking this self-agrandizing bathroom picture), FIVE people at work complimented me that I looked really nice today. Pump it up for a self-esteem boost!

But that’s not the important thing here.

The important thing remains…did you make Black Bean Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili yet? Because if not, you’re going to miss out on some seriously tasty leftovers. Go now. Go buy a can of Hormel chili if you must. You’re going to need it for what I am about to reveal to you.

It all starts with blue corn chips.

GOOD blue corn chips.

HEALTHY blue corn chips.

DELICIOUS blue corn chips.

These Way Better Snacks Unbeatable Blue Corn Chips are a recent find. Made with sprouted flax, quinoa, chia, radish and broccoli seeds, these chips seem too healthy to taste good. But they are! I ate the whole bag today. Although in my defense, there are only 5 1/2 servings per bag.

Arrange the chips on a plate.

And grate baby grate!

One to two ounces of a good, aged cheddar (I used Widmer’s 6-Year Aged Cheddar, my fave) should suffice. Pop in the microwave for one minute. And please, my dear readers, never EVER skimp on buying good cheese. We are far too classy to buy cheap Kraft cheese.

Next, add about one cup of chili. Heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes to ensure it’s warm…but not hot. Again, I suggest you make this one or this one, but I won’t get picky with you.

As a self-proclaimed nachos connoisseur, let me just say the last step is the most crucial. I’ve devoured countless plates of nachos in my 27 years – everything from Italian nachos to dive bar nachos to dessert nachos – and know the key to my favorite appetizer is in the toppings.


Plain Greek yogurt (faux sour cream).




Sprinkle of garlic powder.

Lime juice.

These are all essential makings for a delicious plate of nachos. But don’t stop there! More cheese. Guacamole. Lettuce. Onion. Black beans. Chicken. Tabasco. Jalapenos. Pile them on. Then get messy. Real messy. Dive your hands right into the mound of nacholiciousness and mow down.

Consider spilling a plate of nachos all over your ratty New Kids on the Block t-shirt at night in the privacy of your own home a deserved reward to yourself for taking the time to look goooooood all day long. Look good, feel good, eat good.

I mean…what do you think I’m doing right now?

Hangin’ tough with my nachos, thankyouverymuch.


dana @ my little celebration February 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm

ga ga GORGEOUS. I will be making this, as soon as I get my hands on s’more quinoa. Bravo friend!

lynn @ the actor's diet February 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm

woaaaaaaaah….(i’m singing hangin tough)

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Like any good child of the 80s/90s, the only thing that distracted me from your nacho porn was the fact that you have a NKOTB shit. How do you still have that?! I’m about to embark on an eBay hunt…

Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats February 22, 2012 at 12:25 am

Holy taledo! Those nachos looks amazing! Damn, my boyfriend just used up all the cheese. -_-

P.s. love the necklace!!

Erica February 22, 2012 at 12:37 am

Those chips sound delicious. I used to make nachos on the regular, but its been a while! Refried beans and greek yogurt are necessary toppings for me!

sofia February 22, 2012 at 4:26 am

‘chos before hoes, biatches. love this. kinda want them now. it’s 5:30AM. yep.

oh, and i am SO with you on the buying quality cheese. totes importante.

Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow) February 22, 2012 at 5:07 am

This looks sooo good! When I younger, I would eat nachos all. the. time. Unfortunately, mine were usually just chips and cheese – boring. My parents never taught me how to make my nachos more exciting, so aside from keeping this nuggets of information for myself, I am going to pass this post onto my parents – who might still suffer from boring nachos.

Amy (CookingScraps) February 22, 2012 at 6:43 am

Have you tried the Late July Green Mojo or Dude Ranch chips? Similarly healthy, and oh, oh so good! I saw that these are on sale at WFs now, perhaps I shall do my own personal chip-off to compare!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness February 22, 2012 at 7:55 am

It’s like a frito pie, but 10 times better… ;)

Happy Wednesday, friend!

emily (a nutritionist eats) February 22, 2012 at 8:41 am

I loooove nachos – last time we made them, I actually just put everything into a bowl (meat, beans, cheese) – microwaved it – then topped with sour cream, salsa, etc. and ate with chips. It was amazing.

Sarah@The Flying ONION February 22, 2012 at 9:11 am

Do you have any idea how much my dad would freak out if (when) I made (make) this for him?

To be continued…

Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 22, 2012 at 9:27 am

I love when you put the ingredients right on the picture, I’m a visual person so it makes sense to me! And I love your “taking pride” idea, I need to do that more often. I go makeup-less and wearing sweats or leggings way too often…

Parita @ myinnershakti February 22, 2012 at 9:28 am

Homemade nachos are my absolute favorite meal! And I need to get my hands on those chips – they sound amazing!

Carolyn February 22, 2012 at 10:13 am

OMG! Not only do I have Garden of Eatin’ blue corn chips, but a can of Trader Joe’s vegetarian chili in the cupboard! All I need to do is thaw out that sharp cheddar in the freezer and get to gettin’ with those nachos!

Friday night dinner: DONE. Woot! :)

courtney February 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

love it! looks yummy!

Megan (Braise the Roof) February 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

You had me at nachos. Where did you find those chips? I clearly need to search them out, seeing as I am massively addicted to tortilla chips.

Hillary February 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I like that you suggested more cheese. We’re friends.

Dessert nachos, btw? Do tell!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List February 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I love those chips!! Just found the Sweet Potato flavor – you MUST buy them!!

Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt February 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Those nachos look amazing!

Willow @ My Own Trail February 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm

First of all, I totally rocked the pride thing today. Thanks for the inspiration! It’s just what I needed. I got dressed up for work this morning, donned my knee-high boots and made my way into the office feeling good about myself and ready to tackle the day. I received comments from co-workers about how I looked and, even more important, I felt good about myself and confident. I totally helped me get through some frustrating afternoon meetings. So, thanks! Second…I really want nachos now. Is 10:30 pm too late? Probably, huh? I guess I’ll just have to change my dinner plans for tomorrow night. I don’t think my husband and kids will mind :).

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef February 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

You are so adorable, that if I did not love you, I’d hate you :) Those look amazing and I have not made the chili yet… but am planning on it over the weekend. It was 78 degrees here today, not really chili weather but I’ll make an exception for this one!

Ella McDaniel March 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Fantastic! It’s nice to be reminded that you can indulge in something perfectly delicious though theoretically decadent. Any meal that involves broccoli seeds cannot possibly break a New Year’s resolution! I hereby commit myself to wearing makeup tomorrow and eating something slathered in Greek yogurt.

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