Thursday, September 22, 2011

Plantain Chip & Black Bean Nachos for the San Diego State Game

Michigan's new coach, Brady Hoke, left San Diego State University this year for the honor of coaching in Ann Arbor and returning The University of Michigan to its former football glory.

And this weekend, Hoke's old team and his new team will be meeting at The Big House.

So, what to serve in honor of this occasion?

Nachos. Perfect game food, whether tailgating or watching with family and friends at home. Some Mexican influence, since San Diego is right at the border. And our opponent's team colors just happen to be yellow, black and scarlet.

So I used golden yellow plantain chips for the base instead of the traditional corn ones; they're lightly crispy and offer a unique and different flavor - almost slightly sour, with a hint of banana-ish familiarity peeking through the saltiness. I used refried black beans instead of pintos, and I tossed in chorizo and some fresh salsa for some vivid redness.

Nachos are easy to make, and always welcome at a football game - try these for a change!

San Diego State University at University of Michigan
Saturday, September 24 at Noon EDT

Plantain Chip & Black Bean Nachos

1/4 pound fresh chorizo
1 small yellow onion, chopped
half of an 8-ounce bag plantain chips
1 14-ounce can refried black beans
4 ounces Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup fresh salsa

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Brown the chorizo in a medium skillet, adding the onion when the sausage is almost done; cook for 3 minutes, just so that the onions aren't too raw.

Place the plantain chips into the bottom of a 9" pie pan. Top with the refried beans, then cover the beans with the chorizo mixture. Sprinkle the cheese over the top, and spread the salsa over the cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and the dish is bubbling a bit.

Serves 4-8, depending upon serving size.


Unknown said...

Ooooh.. what a fantastic idea!! Now I just need to find some plantain chips!! YUM!

Cranberry Morning said...

This immediately took me back to Bolivia, where I first ate plantain. I haven't had any in years! I have got to track down those plantain chips. And also because I love black beans, this sounds delicious.

TexaGermaFinlaNadian said...

Perfect football watching grub :) Hope you at least get a taste before those boys devour it up!

Candace said...

Plantain chips?! I've got to find some of those. I absolutely adore plantains and I can only imagine how fantastic they must taste loaded with black beans and chorizo and salsa and cheese. ~sigh~ I love it.

Miriam said...

Those nachos are awesome!!! Miriam@Mealtess Meals For Meat Eaters

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