Bean & Green Chile Nachos

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Are you tired of making grilled cheese sandwiches?   How about trying something different to feed your kids for lunch.  This recipe is quick and super easy, because it has only four ingredients.  Best of all, it will feed up to six hungry kids for about $8.00.  You can make this in about the same time as it takes to cook up a batch of cheese sandwiches, but it’s better because it comes with a little bit more protein and a built in vegetable.  I present to you, Bean and Green Chile Nachos.

  Bean & Green Chile Nachos

Back when I was going to college a

t ENMU and used to stay up until 2:00 in the morning, a group of us would sometimes go out to eat instead of doing the smart thing and going to bed.  We lived in Portales, N.M.,  a small college town and there were only two places you could go and have a sit down meal at 2:00 in the morning.  One of those places was the Sands Motel, which was about a block away from the Sigma Nu house.  Since none of us were fit to drive to the other place to eat in town, we often landed at The Sands.  My favorite thing to order were the Sands’ Nachos.  This dish is based on them.  If it’s good enough for a group of raucous Sigma Nu’s it’s probably good enough for your kids.  I promise it won’t make them as raucous as we were.

Ingredients for 6 well mannered kids

1 family sized bag of tostada corn chips

2 small cans of chopped green chiles (or five chopped fresh green chiles if you have them)

1 14 oz can of your favorite beans with liquid drained.  I prefer pinto beans

8 oz of shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Turn your oven on and set it to 300 degrees.
  2. While the oven is warming, scatter the chips on a cookie sheet.  Open the beans and green chiles and drain out any liquid.
  3. Layer on the shredded cheese, beans and green chiles.
  4. Put them on the top rack of your oven and heat them for five minutes.  Check to see if cheese is completely melted.  If not, put them back in the oven for three more minutes.  They are done when the cheese is completely melted but not turning brown yet.

These nachos are best with a dollop of sour cream.  I also like to put a couple of tablespoons of home made salsa.  This recipe is too cheap and easy not to try.  I hope you like them.  Please tell me what you think.  After you make this recipe, you might want to try one of these four recipes:

Green Chile Enchiladas……..

Daddy’s Favorite Green Chile Stew

Mama’s Favorite Green Chile Stew

Kid’s Favorite Green Chile Stew………..


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