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Refried Bean and Beef Nachos

By Creativeculinary @CreativCulinary

Homemade Nachos are fun to make and we especially love them with this combination of Refried Beans and Beef with Avocado and Lime Wedges.

Refried Bean and Beef Nachos

I've been asked on more than one occasion (like a million occasions?) where I get my inspiration for dishes I prepare in my kitchen. While some food bloggers run a system that is super organized and intentional and they plan 6 months in advance, my system as evidenced by these Refried Bean and Beef Nachos is much simpler.

I have always and will always present dishes that mirror what I make as if I were simply cooking for family or friends.

Case in point are these Refried Bean and Beef Nachos. This tower of yummy goodness only happened because I had SO many refried beans from my venture last week when I made my belated Cinco de Mayo offering of Homemade Refried Beans with Bacon.

A full recipe of refried beans for one during quarantine for Covid-19 would require that I prepare Mexican for dinner at least 7 nights in a row or that I punt and make nachos. This was a good call; heck I needed something special for Mother's Day right?

When I mentioned my project to a friend in Southern California; she commented that they were a weekly occurrence. Whoa...and I was impressed I was making them just this once!

In truth my habit would be to meet friends for dinner at a favorite Mexican haunt and share a plate of nachos before I would prepare them at home; this effort seems better suited for a crew of people, not one person. But quarantine...and I wanted some!

Refried Bean and Beef Nachos

Nachos are super simple to make but they remind me a bit of fajitas. You do have to have a conglomeration of different foods on hand to make them be successful; in this case ( full recipe at the bottom of post):

  • Corn tortillas (always my preference since they are gluten free)
  • Cheese - I used a Mexican mixture of shredded Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Asedero and Queso Quesadilla along with crumbled Quesco Fresco cheese
  • Refried Beans with Beef (I used homemade refried beans but canned beans are fine too)
  • Diced tomatoes (cherry tomatoes are best)
  • Diced onion
  • Minced jalapeno
  • Avocado chunks
  • Sour cream on the side (optional)

I know that many recipes, if you can call this a recipe, would include guacamole but I like to simply dice an avocado and scatter those on top after the nachos are removed from the oven. I could eat avocado with nothing but salt and pepper and often do when served on the side of a dish so it's simply personal preference; make guac if that is yours!

Refried Bean and Beef Nachos

When I first 'tested' a small plate of these last week, I only used the refried beans and while they were good, I thought they needed more substance so ground beef it was. That was a good call; just enough to easily turn these into more than an appetizer; or at least I did...they were dinner!

Of course modify away with your personal preferences too. Try all Monterey Jack or all Cheddar cheese. Red onion maybe? I almost dabbed on some salsa but I wanted to make sure they stayed crisp so I would offer that on the side.

I rely on my neighbors to help me eat some of the more indulgent dishes I make. Since I made this stack for a crowd but clearly did not have one, a family of four got the call to see if they were interested in a big plate of Refried Bean and Beef Nachos. Funny they were waiting on a delivery of Chinese food and still were gungho...we turned their Chinese dinner into an International affair!

If there is any caveat for this dish of cheese goodness is that it's simply not meant to be leftovers. Have your friends or family settled with their drinks in hand and ready to eat, it's so good warm and crispy and melty with just enough heat from jalapenos. Waiting too long or even warming back up loses some of the crispness that is so perfect right out of the oven.

I think these are a great party dish but during the quarantine we find ourselves in, it's also a fun way to shake things up. Set the table with a rustic candle, find the appropriate music and ask your family or roommates out to dinner at their favorite Mexican restaurant. Right at Home!

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