Bean and cheese nachos
The protein in the beans and carbs in the tortilla chips make these nachos a great energy-boosting snack or light meal. Refried beans are not beans that have been fried twice as the name suggests. In Spanish, they are called Frijoles Refritos—or well-fried beans—a reference to how the mashed pinto beans are typically heated in a frying pan before serving. Refried beans are a classic smeared on tortilla chips with cheese for Tex-Mex nachos. Topping each nacho with a pickled jalapeño slice would make any cowboy tip his hat to the cook. Just don't forget the salsa!
Baked low fat tortilla chips
Fat free canned refried beans
Reduced-fat shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Fat free salsa
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Layer tortilla chips on an ovenproof platter or baking sheet.
- Spread beans evenly over chips and sprinkle with cheese. Bake until beans are hot and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Top with salsa. Yields about 8 chips per serving.
- Flavor Booster: Garnish each serving with a thin slice of seeded jalapeno chile, or habanero chile, for a blast of heat.