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not yo typical nachos

Posted on April 24th, 2012  |  14 Comments

Now I know I’m probably gonna get crap for calling these embellished bean, chicken, guacamole layered chips nachos, but what else would you call them?

The former doesn’t really roll off the tongue like nachos does, now does it? Nachos, nachos, nachos. I love nachos.

Question: Do they really have to be drowning in gobs of cheese and cheese sauce to be considered nachos?

Not in my world.

And it doesn’t have to be in yours either.

I’ll tell you why.

First off, you’ve got the beans. Trader Joe’s Cuban style heartied up a bit more with chopped peppers and onions. Easylicious! —>yes I just made up that ridiculous word. and I’ll probably use it again. sorry in advance. or not :)

Back to those beans, they totally give the nachos the depth and consistency of a thick creamy cheese sauce, but instead offer plenty of fiber and protein.

The chicken is thoroughly seasoned, then pan fried crisp, as it should be.

Tomatoes and cilantro bring the necessary pops of color and freshness.

But it’s all about the creamy guacamole that takes away that need for cheese. Yes, I know there’s no guacamole in the picture. And that’s why we have a new rule of asking if food’s been photographed before we eat it. Love you babe.

Wait, but is there cheese in that photo?

Truth: I had it on a few bites… and that’s why I can honestly say, you don’t need it.

Not with the beans, chicken, tomato, cilantro and dollop of guac on every bite!

Looking to eat healthier but don’t know where to cut the calories without cutting the flavor?

Look no further.

Shooo, you wanted to be extra healthy you could eat these on homemade baked tortilla chips, but I won’t force anybody.


How do you make things healthier without skimping on goodness?

not yo typical nachos

by lafig

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (2 – 4 servings)

  • 20-30 tortilla chips, baked version here
  • 1 chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  • Seasonings

For the seasonings

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • drizzle oil (I used grapeseed oil)

For the beans

  • 1 15oz. can Cuban style black beans, Trader Joe’s brand
  • 1 tsp grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 small onion, diced


  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 c. cilantro, chopped

For the guacamole

  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons yellow or white onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 Roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt


For the chicken

Start by cutting the chicken breast into 1 inch cubes, place pieces in a bowl. To the chicken add the seasonings, toss to coat, cover and set aside for 10 minutes while you prep the peppers and onions for the beans and make the guacamole.

Then, heat a medium saucepan over medium high heat, add the oil and the chicken in a single layer to the pan. Don’t move for at least 3 minutes. Let it crisp.

Flip the chicken pieces and crisp on the other side for 3-5 more minutes, depending on the size of your pieces. Remove from heat. Set aside.

For the beans

Start this when you start the beans.

Heat a small saucepan over medium heat, add a tsp of oil, the onions and peppers and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Add the canned beans, with the sauce, turn heat to medium low. Stir together and cook until the beans are heated through. Remove from heat. Set aside.

For the guacamole

Cut open the avocado. I find it the easiest to slice the avocado in the middle, then spin it once around the knife and pull apart.

Dice avocado, onion, tomato, and chop cilantro. Throw everyone except the tomato into the bowl, squeeze in lime and add salt.

Fork mash ’till you reach desired chunky level, add tomatoes and gently stir to combine.

For the nachos

Layer chips, beans, chicken, tomatoes, and cilantro. Dip each bite in it’s own serving of guacamole, it deserves it!

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14 Responses

  1. WOW on these photos – even if they are missing the guacamole (we have a “has this been photographed” rule in the house too & all my friends/family know it too). And yes: these can most def be called nachos :-)

  2. Simply Tia says:

    I definitely have to make this! Looks so yummy. Maybe I’ll do a combo of chicken and shrimp. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Oh wow these nachos look amazing. Im drooling over here looking at your gorgeous photos!!

  4. AllenG says:

    Those look incredibly dry and boring. They don’t have to be drowning in cheese or cheese sauce, but the don’t have to be so boring either. Trader Joe’s prepared beans? Really? Are you out of seasonings in your pantry? You should try cooking black beans from dried beans and you’ll end up with something a whole lot better for nachos and better tasting.

    • lafig says:

      Nope, my pantry is full of spices. These nachos were a quick fix meal, hence the canned beans, and not dry at all. Dry beans are a great substitute and would be perfect for any nachos.

  5. In a pinch, we LOVE making nachos with leftover meat, canned beans, toms, and avocados. (We do add cheese though.) Nothing wrong with using a can of beans when you just want to get dinner on the table. Gorgeous photos!!!

  6. I can tell that they’re guilt free nachos, because it look so colorful. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. canuck says:

    Looks great! I’ll like to make it for Thanksgiving. Do you know how many calories are in your dish?

    • talkingkadmin says:

      Sorry I don’t usually count calories but it could be easily added up if you look at the back of your packages.

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