Speaking as a [former] Oregonian, the rains here in Colorado over the past few days have been horrendous. We went from a hot hot weekend to chilly overcast days, complete with so much rain that the parched ground doesn’t know how to handle it all. I have resorted to many naps this week as my body adjusts to waking up in the dark and many coffees as I trudge to work. While I do love fall, I am excited for the weather to return to normal 65 degree pleasantness.
These quick and easy lentil nachos are a great way to get in some protein, fiber, and iron on days where you happened to nap after work until 6:30 PM. While you will have a couple pans going, these nachos come together quickly for a group of people, or make delicious lunch leftovers as a burrito bowl on top of shredded cabbage. Either way, don’t skimp on the toppings- everybody needs some avocado in their life.
Lentil and Green Chile Nachos (serves 6-8 with chips, or 4 without)
- 1 c dry green lentils
- 2 tbsp taco seasoning (make your own!)
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2-4 oz fire roasted chopped green chiles
- 2 c black beans (1 can)
- 2 tbsp salsa
- Multigrain tortilla chips
- Toppings: chopped tomato, avocado, 1/4 c Greek yogurt mixed with 2 tbsp lime juice, mozzarella
Cook your dry lentils, simmering covered for 20-30 minutes. Once the lentils are cooked, stir in the taco seasoning to flavor the lentils. Wait to add any salt until you have tasted the mixture. In a separate pan while the lentils are cooking, sautee the onion, garlic, and green chile with a bit of oil for 5-7 minutes, until soft and fragrant.
Either in a pan or in a dish in the microwave, warm up the black beans with salsa. If using greek yogurt as a sour cream substitute, swirl in some lime juice. Chop avocado and tomato, and lay all the toppings out for a nacho bar.
I layered blue corn chips topped with my lentils on the bottom, the onion and green chile mixture and then a handful of black beans. Lots of tomato, avocado, some shredded cheese, and greek yogurt with lime juice completes this tasty meal. This meal really gave me the filling nacho fix I was looking for, through a healthy mix of beans and lentils.