Mexican Black Beans with Nachos
In 2017, I plan to post at least one recipe a month here on Love Audrey. Having kicked things off with a colourful pasta dish in January, I’m sneaking this in a few days late. Tardiness aside, I’m enjoying the rhythm of cooking, styling, shooting and sharing more food on these pages.
When I asked my followers on Instagram what kind of recipes would be most useful, speedy mid-week meals won out. This dish definitely fits the bill. It’s tasty, quick and super simple to bring together. I mean, one of the steps involves opening a bag of crisps!
On its own, my Mexican Beans with Nachos makes a fairly light meal for four, so I often bulk it out with a crunchy salad or a side of corn-on-the-cob. The accompanying margarita is completely optional, but highly recommended.
You will need:
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 celery sticks
- 3 carrots
- 1 red onion
- 1-2 tsp chipotle paste
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 x 400g tins black beans, drained and rinsed well
- 250ml vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 150g manchego cheese, grated
- 200g plain nachos
1. Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Finely chop the celery, carrots and onion. Hidden veg goes down well in this house, so I like to blitz the first two in my magimix and chop the onion by hand.
2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and saute the vegetables for around 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the chipotle paste, paprika, beans, stock and tomato puree. Stir well, season and then simmer until the sauce has thickened. This should take 5-10 minutes.
4. Transfer the bean mixture to a large oven-proof platter or baking tray. Arrange the nachos around the edge, scatter with cheese and bake for 2-3 minutes.
5. Bring to the table and let everyone help themselves. Serve with smashed avocado, sour cream, coriander, lime and salsa. I think Jamie Oliver’s Mexican Salad would work perfectly alongside this dish too.
- Mexican food is always popular in our house. Are you a fan? What sort of recipe would you like me to share next?
Love Audrey xxx