Fully Loaded Nachos with Chorizo, Black Beans, And Corn

Classic nachos just got a major upgrade — these fully loaded nachos are as satisfying as they come, and are ready in under half an hour. Jump to the recipe here, or read on and get it at the bottom of this post.

Loaded Nachos with Chorizo, Black Beans, & Corn

When I was a kid, nachos were the the first thing I learned how to make. Chips, cheese, salsa on the side… by the age of five, I could make them with my eyes shut. (And I probably would have, if you’d dared me.)

To this day, nachos are one of my favorite things, but like me, they’ve grown up a bit. These loaded nachos are a major upgrade on the classic, but still so easy I can make them in my sleep — or more importantly, when I have a serious case of hunger. Nothing satisfies hangry quite like a blanket of melty cheese over chorizo-topped tortilla chips.

Loaded Nachos with Chorizo, Black Beans, & Corn

If these nachos were a play, they’d be a love story. A wild, passionate thing between chorizo and cheese, bubbling and golden, surrounded by a supporting cast of black beans, corn, jalapenos, and lime, all set on a stage of crispy, salty tortilla chips. (Um, where can I get some tickets to that show?!)

The best part is, you’re the director of this play — you can write it however you want. Me? I like that kick from the jalapeno, the freshness of some tomatoes and cilantro, and a bit of crumbled queso fresco on top. I highly recommend adding a squeeze of lime just before you take a bite, too — I don’t know what it is about lime and chorizo, but together they perform this tantalizing little dance of flavor that I can’t get enough of.

Fresh avocado or guacamole would be welcome additions as well, or a bit of sour cream or Mexican crema. They aren’t called loaded nachos for nothing, so load ’em up to your heart’s stomach’s desire. The only limitation when it comes to toppings is the fortitude of your tortilla chips.

Loaded Nachos with Chorizo, Black Beans, & Corn
Loaded Nachos with Chorizo, Black Beans, & Corn

In case you missed last week’s post, these loaded nachos were inspired by these Chorizo & Black Bean Stuffed Poblano Peppers. Same combination, totally different result, and both amazing. If you’re wanting even more of a chorizo fix, make these nachos, then give the stuffed peppers a go — they’re both quick and easy meals that are handy to have in your back pocket.

What’s your favorite childhood meal? Do you have an updated version of it? Nachos are mine. Share yours in the comments below!

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Fully Loaded Nachos with Chorizo, Black Beans, And Corn
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Fast, easy, and totally addictive, these nachos have quickly risen to the top of my weeknight meal plan. Naturally gluten-free
Serves: 2 servings, easily doubled or trippled
For the nachos:
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • ½ small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ lb. ground chorizo
  • ½ cup cooked black beans (homemade, or canned and drained/rinsed)
  • ½ cup corn (fresh, frozen, or canned and drained)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped (or parsley, if you don't like cilantro)
  • ½-1 cup grated chihuahua cheese, to taste (or monterrey jack, or mild cheddar)
  • Tortilla chips
Toppings (use any or all that you like):
  • Diced tomato, or fresh salsa
  • Diced red onion
  • Chopped scallions
  • Sliced or diced jalapeno pepper
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Crumbled queso fresco
  • Cubed avocado, or guacamole
  • Sour cream or Mexican crema
  • Fresh lime wedges, for squeezing over
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil and saute the onions until they start to turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and chorizo, and cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until the chorizo is fully cooked, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the beans, corn, and cilantro. Stir to combine, and set aside.
  4. Spread your tortilla chips into an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet, or an oven-safe skillet. (For this amount of chorizo mixture, I suggest filling half of a rimmed baking sheet, or making two layers of chips and chorizo mixture in an 8 to 10 inch skillet). Spoon the chorizo mixture over the tortilla chips, and top generously with grated cheese.
  5. Switch the oven from bake to broil, and pop the nachos onto the middle rack. Keep a close eye on them -- they should only take a couple minutes -- and remove from the oven as soon as the cheese is bubbly and browned in places, and the edges of the chips have started to darken.
  6. Top with any or all toppings you like, and serve as they are, or with salsa or guacamole on the side. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from these chorizo and black bean stuffed poblano peppers. <-- if you're looking for a low carb way to enjoy the same kind of flavors, definitely check these out!


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16 Responses to Fully Loaded Nachos with Chorizo, Black Beans, And Corn

  1. Ilona @ Ilona's Passion April 6, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    OH YUM! This is perfect for any party… or I could eat these nachos in front of TV. I love nachos:)

  2. Katie Crenshaw April 6, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    I am loving your Fully Loaded Nachos!! I am a HUGE fan of Chorizo! In fact, I have some in the fridge right now… So I will be making these Nachos this week. My family will LOVE them!! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Sam | Ahead of Thyme April 6, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    Wow these nachos look delicious! It will be perfect this weekend!! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Lisa @garlicandzest.com April 6, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    You are calling my name, sister! Just 5 more days of this detox diet before I can whip up a batch for myself

  5. Jill April 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

    I pinned this because your photos are so enticing :) Definitely going to try these nachos – it’s not a dish that I make a lot at home and I’m not sure why because we all love Mexican cuisine so much!

    • Willow Arlen April 6, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

      Thanks, Jill! I hope you make them, they are SO easy and so good!

  6. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table April 6, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    Can’t go wrong with nachos and I love all the loaded up toppings on these – so many great flavors all together there! Plus, so easy and fast – we’re totally having a nacho dinner soon :)

  7. shannon @ a periodic table April 7, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    YEEESSS GIRL YES: I totally remember nachos being one of my favorite childhood foods, but they didn’t look nearly this exciting.

    • Willow Arlen April 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

      I’m glad I’m not the only kid who loved nachos! And totally, the ones I ate as a kid were fine, but so boring in comparison to these. Ah, the joys of being an adult and knowing how to chop onions and cook chorizo, amiright?

  8. Debbie April 8, 2016 at 9:37 am #

    Hi Willow!
    I just stumbled across your blog while pinning something on Pinterest.I am very intrigued by your recipes and the general feel of your site.
    I can’t wait to get started here.

    • Willow Arlen April 8, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

      Hi Debbie, thanks for the kind words! I hope you try some of my recipes!

  9. Adina April 10, 2016 at 2:57 am #

    I’ve never had nachos or anything similar to this. It looks so good, I have to give it a try!

    • Willow Arlen April 13, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

      Never had nachos?! Well now that needs to be remedied ASAP! ;)

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