Every now and then, I just get in the mood for the sort of dinner you can munch on while watching T.V.  It was referred to as ‘bachelor dinner’ when I was growing up, no plates, no silverware, no muss, no fuss.  I had been having a craving for nachos for weeks, but usually the ingredients are too expensive.  Luckily for me, there was a sale on avocados, a packaged shredded cheese blend and chips at my local discount grocery store, putting this dish barely in my price range.  All this made for the perfect storm of a six-pack, the latest presidential debate to watch on the boob tube and a big ol’ tray of nachos for dinner.

I found a freakishly large avocado on sale! It’s huge! If you’re paying by the item and not by weight, always try to find the biggest one.

Even though this dinner is a little expensive for me, is super quick and easy to make!  I put the black beans in the slow cooker with water, garlic salt and a bay leaf before going to work and let it cook on the ‘Low’ setting for about 6 hours.  If you have them on hand, canned beans would be and excellent substitution.

Texas Style Guacamole

Makes approx 2 cups guacamole – costs approx $2

Ingredients

  • 1 large or 2 small avocados ($1.50)
  • 1/4 cup Pace Picante Salsa
  • 1/2 lime’s juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • garlic salt – to taste

Mix all ingredients, make sure you taste to adjust the seasonings to your liking.  That’s authentic Texas guacamole, and I’m pushing it with adding the cilantro!

Black Bean Nachos

Serves 4 – cost approx $1.31 per serving ($1.81 per serving adding the guacamole)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups black beans, cooked – made from 1 cup dried beans ($.43)
  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil (Or bacon drippings, if you’re not vegetarian)
  • 1 onion, diced ($.14)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced ($.50)
  • 2 Tbs jalapeno, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 18 oz tortilla chips ($1.98)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced ($.10)
  • 12 oz shredded cheese ($1.83)

Preheat the oven to 375 F.  Heat the oil in a saute pan and sweat the onion, bell pepper, jalapenos and garlic over medium heat until the onions are translucent and cooked through.  When the veggies are done you’re ready to assemble.

Lay down the chips thinly on a sheet tray or two.  If you have a silicone mat, put it on the sheet tray before you start, that helps a lot with the clean up.  Put everything else on the nachos, saving the cheese for last.  Put the tray in the oven for 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the chips are just starting to brown.

Craving = Satisfied

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