Friday, June 8, 2018

Loaded Vegetarian Black Bean Nachos Are A Meal

Loaded vegetarian nachos makes a quick and easy meal or appetizer any night of the week!
It is easy to assemble and is both nutritious and delicious!

It calls for simple vegan ingredients like black beans, chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumbers, salsa, fresh herbs, and seasonings piled on top of one another on a bed of crunchy nacho chips! Sprinkle generously with grated cheese or vegan cheese and bake for just 10 minutes.

black beans , chopped red onion, cucumber,

These nachos are festive enough for a party or satisfying enough for a simple family dinner ( perhaps with a salad or a bowl of soup).

If you leave off the cheese or (use vegan cheese) and add some avocado, this gluten free meal becomes vegan.

It is one of those recipes that goes a long way and everyone seems to love it! It's a quick go-to meal in the summer while tomatoes , corn, and most veggies are so prolific.

Mix all your toppings ( except cheese, avocado and cucumber  if using) before layering

When I do not want to use canned beans, how do I make my black beans from scratch? 

I use my Instant Pot of course!! 45 minutes from start to finish with no need to pre soak the beans!
And the beans come out very creamy and tasty! Black Bean recipe in the Instant Pot

instant pot

Why I don't like to  use canned beans

I prefer not to use canned goods if I can help it. Although very convenient, canned goods often are lined with a chemical called BPA which is banned in many countries ( not USA) because of it's strong link to cancer. In addition, cans are made of aluminum and that too gets into our food. Some studies have linked aluminum to alzheimers disease

So the Instant Pot is my perfect solution .  I throw dried black beans in and get creamy soft black beans out. Better than canned. It's well worth the investment and I LOVE IT!!
I use my instant pot for soups like my  16 minute easy lentil soupa dozen hard boiled eggs in 5 minutes and then the peel slides right off- or my low carb creamy mashed cauliflower 

This loaded vegetarian nacho dish is the perfect summer meal or party appetizer when so many of these vegetables are in season!

Author: Judee Algazi @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes

2 15 ounce cans black beans, drained well ( or 4 cups of cooked black beans- drained well)
How to cook Black Beans in the Instant Pot ( 45 minutes no pre-soaking)
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
2 yellow or red peppers, seeded and diced
1 cup of sliced black olives
2 Persian cucumbers, chopped
1 8 ounce container of pico de gallo ( or any chunky salsa) ( I used Sabra brand) mild or spicy
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese or vegan cheese  ( pizza blend works well)
1 16 ounce bag of non GMO gluten free corn chips ( I use organic white or the organic blue corn chips)
optional toppings: diced avocado, corn, diced red onion, cilantro, Greek yogurt

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
Use a 3 qt  rectangular pyrex baking dish
Layer baking dish with half of the chips. Add 1/2 of the black beans, olives, tomatoes, peppers, pico de gallo ( or chunky salsa) and spread around. Top with 1/2 of the cheese and then repeat the layers. Bake for 10 minutes until cheese is nice and melted. Add chopped cucumber and optional avocado to the top.

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  1. This looks delicious!!! I can't wait to make this. You always have such good and creative ideas!!!

    1. Thank you Wendy- I appreciate your feedback and comments

  2. I absolutely anything with beans and lentils. Healthy protein, gluten free and delicious.

    1. Angie,
      I agree- I especially love black beans!!

  3. Looks like a great combo, Judee! I especially love the black beans factor. I love black beans in chili, nachos, veggie burgers, etc.


    1. I tend to really like black beans too and being vegetarian, we eat them frequently. My favorite way is black beans and white rice side by side- so good

  4. Your nachos look awesome. I do keep cans of beans in the house for quick fixes, but most of the time I make my own -- the best reason to own a pressure cooker!

    1. Beth - you and I feel the same way- Since I got my Instant Pot making home made beans is a cinch and they always taste great!

  5. Your nachos sound really good, and the stuffed pepper recipe is a nice addition to the stuffed peppers Beth F. had on her blog for weekend cooking.

    best... mae at

    1. Certainly a coincidence! Being from a Middle Eastern family- stuffed foods are a major contributor to our meals

  6. Carole- black olives too- in fact you could add anything you like -

  7. We love nachos but not black olives, YUCK! I'd leave them out.

  8. Your nachos look so good! I have been trying to buy my 'canned' beans from Whole Foods as their house brand comes in small tetra pack boxes and are unsalted so no BPA and I can control the sodium when I don't have time to cook them myself.


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