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Not Your Regular Nachos: Nachos Frescos

Although incredibly delicious, nachos are deceptively filling making them a dish that's easy to overeat. Since Cinco de Mayo is next week, I wanted to make a less-heavy variation of nachos that would allow for maximum margarita consumption. To make the nachos lighter — I have no clue if they're healthier, we'll have to ask FitSugar — I baked the tortillas instead of frying them and replaced the meat with black beans. The final nachos were fresh and delectable. I devoured them in minutes! For the details on how to make them,


If you want to know more about how I made these nachos, check out the photo captions.

Nachos Frescos

Nachos Frescos

Nachos Frescos


For chips:
2 fresh flour tortillas
vegetable oil
fresh cracked black pepper
cayenne powder
For bean-corn salad:
1 (13 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained and rinsed
3 green onions, finely chopped
4 small cloves of garlic minced
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. hot sauce
1 tsp. white wine vinegar
For nachos:
1/2 cup shredded green leaf lettuce
1/4 picked cilantro leaves, separated from their stems
1 roma tomato, seeded and finely diced
2 heaping tablespoons peppercini, finely chopped
1/2 cup Cotija cheese, finely grated


  1. Make the chips: preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
  2. Cut the tortillas like you would a pizza pie, into 8 even, triangular pieces. Place on the foil lined cookie sheet.
  3. Brush with oil and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne powder. Flip and repeat, brushing with the oil and sprinkling with the seasonings.
  4. Bake in the oven until one side is crisp and browned 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make the bean-corn salad: combine the beans, corn, green onion, and garlic in a bowl. Add the lime juice, honey, cumin, hot sauce, and vinegar. Stir to combine and season with salt to taste. Set aside and let the flavors meld for a couple of minutes.
  6. Toss the lettuce with the cilantro leaves.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes and peppercini.
  8. Assemble nachos: cover a bakeable serving dish — like a cazuela — with a layer of the half-baked chips in a serving dish. Sprinkle with Cotija cheese. Top with remaining half-baked chips and another layer of cheese.
  9. Bake in the oven for 5-8 minutes until the cheese is melted and chips are completely baked.
  10. Remove from oven and top with lettuce cilantro mix, bean-corn salad, and final sprinkle of cheese.
  11. Return to the oven for 1-2 more minutes.
  12. Top with tomato peppercini mixture and serve.

Serves 1 as a main course or 2 as appetizers.

The ingredients.

Slice the tortillas as you would a pizza or pie.

Seasoning the tortillas.

Mixing the corn black bean salad.

Let the corn and black bean salad rest.

Tomato peppercini mix.

Lettuce and cilantro await tossing.

Tossed lettuce and cilantro.

Layering the baked tortillas in a cazuela.

Topping with cheese.

Remove chips from oven.

Topping with lettuce and cilantro.

Covering with black bean and corn salad.

Topping with more cheese





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spaghetina spaghetina 7 years
Hey, why can't Pop do the thumbnails with the views/comments thing below for the celebrity gossip?? That is a lot more fun than having to click through each picture to see which ones have the funny Popsugar community comments on them!
lawchick lawchick 7 years
this is insanely delicious. we make three tortillas of chips (instead of two tortillas) and then it's the perfect dinner for 2
CKNY CKNY 7 years
I made this today and it was delicious!! I added some avocado to the tomato-peppericini-mix and topped everything with sour cream. Thanks for the great recipe!
Advah Advah 7 years
It looks super good, might make it tomorrow! :)
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
kahribar kahribar 7 years
going right home tonight to make these, nachos are my most fav finger food and i often order them as a meal!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
These look great Party!! YUMMY!
JennaV JennaV 7 years
:drool: Here are the pictures!
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uptown_girl uptown_girl 7 years
Deliciouso! (sp?)
Food Food 7 years
These look delicious!
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Looks fantastic!
Dana18 Dana18 7 years
Sounds Great , I might make it today!
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