Loaded Sweet Potato and Black Bean Nachos
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced medium
3 medium poblano peppers, deseeded, destemmed and diced medium*
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced medium
1½ teaspoons kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
10 large garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, do not drain
½ cup water
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 bag tortilla chips
Nacho toppings: shredded cheese, diced avocado, salsa, sour cream, chopped cilantro
*Note: I recommend using gloves when deseeding the poblano as it can be spicy
In a large pot, add the olive oil, onion, poblanos, sweet potato, salt and pepper. Place over medium high heat and cook, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula, for 10 minutes to 12 minutes, until the onions are soft and translucent and even lightly caramelized.
Add the garlic and spices and stir until fragrant, approximately 1 minute.
Add the can of black beans (including its liquid) and the water. Cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, until most of the liquid is evaporated. You will see bubbling, but it will be sputtering and sound almost dry!
Remove from heat. Stir in the lime juice.
Place tortilla chips in an even layer on an aluminum foil lined sheet tray.
Set an oven rack to the upper middle position and turn your oven to broil.
Sprinkle shredded cheese over the chips, ensuring each chip has cheese on it!
Place chips under the broiler until cheese is just melted. This will happen very fast! You may need to rotate your sheet tray halfway through. Total time could be around a 30 seconds to a minute depending on your broiler.
Remove sheet tray and dollop sweet potato and black bean mixture atop cheesy chips. Dollop over sour cream, avocado, salsa and cilantro.
Dive in! Repeat process with any leftover chips.
Tip: the sweet potato and black bean mixture also works well over rice, served with eggs, spooned into tacos, etc.