Black Bean & Beef Nachos

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | April 14th, 2010 | Appetizers, Recipes

Some nights the dinner menu is based on the weather, such as serving homemade soup and bread on a cold, dreary day.  Other nights the menu is based on our schedules.  If we have a night where everyone is running in opposite directions, a simple crockpot dinner may be in order.  Occasionally, the dinner menu is based on a whim.

That was the case on Monday night.  Typically, one of the kids chooses the menu for their Monday dinner, as my husband and I eat a late tapas meal that night.  However, due to this, that, and the other thing, we never discussed who was choosing and what that child wanted.  So, on my trip to the grocery store I decided to make a fun-for-the-kids dinner of nachos.

I suppose that nachos may not sound like a healthy dinner to serve, however, to my mind they aren’t any worse than serving tacos.  Either way it’s a fried corn tortilla with similar toppings or fillings.  Plus, if your children will eat black beans and salsa, there’s a decent amount of vegies in the meal.

When the kids came home from school on Monday, one of the first questions was what dinner would be that night.  And although neither child got to choose the meal, both were quite excited at the dinner plan.  Dinner on a whim was a perfect choice for that night!

Black Bean & Beef Nachos


  1. 1 lb. hamburger
  2. 1-2 Tb. chili powder
  3. 1-1/2 tsp. cumin
  4. 1-1/2 tsp. salt
  5. 1 tsp. oregano
  6. 1/4 cup water
  7. 1 cup cooked black beans, drained
  8. tortilla chips
  1. Heat large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add hamburger, and cook thoroughly.
  3. Drain cooked hamburger on a plate lined with paper towels, and dispose of grease remaining in pan.
  4. Return cooked hamburger to pan, and add seasonings and water.
  5. Stir well to combine, add black beans, and heat through.
  6. Place a handful of chips on a plate, and top with several scoops of meat and bean mixture.
  1. Nachos can be topped with cheese sauce or shredded cheddar cheese.
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  1. This looks great, and I bet it was a lot of fun for the kids!

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