When Binks and I met, we explored a lot of restaurants.
As two broke law students, we explored a lot of fast food.
I love the fried chicken and burgers and fries fast food places.
Binks loves the faux-Mexican fast food places. Namely, he and I frequented Taco Bueno and shared a platter of Mucho Nachos.
I’m a nacho fan. I love the half crispy and half soaked in beans, cheese and salsa chips. Talk about an explosion of flavor and texture.
Since we got settled, got married and got 15 extra pounds on our frames, we started exploring healthier options of our past favorites.
When Binks recently made another batch of his light-your-ass-hair-on-fire-salsa, I was in the mood for nachos, throwing together a delicious combination of on-hand ingredients.
Just like our fast-food days, we split a plate.
What’s in that beast you ask?
Chips, salsa, vegetarian organic refried pinto beans (recipe follows), homemade cheese sauce (recipe follows), red onions, tomato, and jalapeno pepper.
Did I mention we enjoyed it?
Quick Refried Pinto Beans
*Because so many canned refried beans do not have any added flavor
1 (15 oz) can of vegetarian refried pinto beans
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp onion powder
½ tsp salt
¼ cup salsa
Mix all ingredients together. Heat and serve warm. Or, if using for nachos, add onto chips.
Quick Homemade Cheese Sauce
*Because some of us do not keep Velveeta on hand.
3 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ cup salsa
Mix ingredients and heat in microwave for 20 seconds at a time, stirring after eat microwave session until you reach a smooth consistency. Pour onto chips immediately.
Do you fast food? What’s your favorite place? How do you recreate your favorites at home? Is it a healthy recreation?