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Easy Eats Wednesday: Loaded Nachos

September 5, 2018

savingPNGI’ve decided I’ll pop in every Wednesday and share a quick, easy, and most importantly, a healthy dish that I’ve made this week. Please remember that I’m no chef and not a food photographer, so don’t expect anything fancy. I’m just sharing something that I thought was tasty and that you can easily recreate on your own.

This week, with the start of college football, I wanted a sports bar-esque, hand-held type of snack food that my husband and I could munch on while watching (hours and hours of) football. Enter these nachos. So, I know beans technically are neither Paleo nor keto, but I figured God made pinto beans (so how bad can they be?) and I just so happened to have these in my pantry, so I went with them. (It’s okay. We all lived after eating the beans. I think it’s important to have a healthy mindset toward food, especially foods that occur in nature. Unless you have an allergy or a negative physical reaction to them, a few beans every now and then aren’t going to kill you.)

In case you can’t tell, this recipe is pretty straightforward. Only 4 simple ingredients are needed: pinto beans (as discussed above) If you are absolutely opposed to using refried beans, lilsipper.com has a great recipe for faux “refried beans” that don’t use beans at all and it’s delicious…or you can omit this altogether. Make this recipe yours! You’ll also need some tortilla chips. I use Siete grain free tortilla chips, because they are better than the traditional ones, in my opinion.  One sausage link, chopped thin. I used a nitrate-free Habanero sausage that I found at Costco that provides even more flavor and spice. And also a sprinkling of a 4 cheese Mexican blend cheese.

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Now for the recipe, this gets really complicated so you may want to take some notes 😉 Brown the sausage in a skillet on the stove. Also, throw your beans in a pot on the stove to heat those up as well. While you’re letting the sausage brown and heating up the beans, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick mat. Throw your chips on the baking sheet…however many you like. I used about half of the bag of Siete chips and that was a good snack-sized portion split between my husband and myself. Spread the refried beans on the chips. Refried beans kind of clump together so I made sure that just about every chip had some kind of “clump” of beans on them. By then, the sausage was cooked through and ready to be thrown on top of the chips. Then, top with cheese. The cheese was used only sparingly; probably only ¼ cup was used for the entire baking sheet. I can tell a difference in my body when I eat a lot of cheese so I try to keep it to a minimum. Once you’ve topped it off with cheese, pop the baking sheet in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 3-4 minutes until the cheese is just melted. Don’t leave them in for too long or you’ll burn the chips. Once the cheese is melted, take out of the oven, and I served the nachos straight from the baking sheet. It was a tasty, SIMPLE, game day treat that even my junk food loving husband enjoyed. I call that a win for everyone! Hope you enjoy!

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