Super Bowl Party Recipes: Chorizo, Bean & Cheese Nachos

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Taking a little break from ‘healthy blog posting,’ I’ll be doing a series of recipes this week that are good ideas for Superbowl Parties (or just to snack on during the big game). Everyone around here (San Diego) was hoping our Chargers would make an appearance in the Super Bowl this year. Unfortunately, that won’t happen, but we sure had fun hosting a couple of Playoff Parties where our Chargers attempted to advance.

Mexican food is plentiful here in Southern California, and nachos are always on the menu. Nachos also make for good football food. Who doesn’t love an appetizer dripping with melted cheese and sour cream? There are lots of ways to make them… I tried Emeril’s version: Chorizo, Bean and Cheese Nachos.

Here’s the How-To:

Mexican chorizo sausage (usually available in your market’s sausage section) is removed from its casings and crumbled into a pan. It’s sauteed with garlic and a few spices until the fat is rendered. Luckily, you get rid of the fat and let the sausage drain on paper towels. If you don’t have access to chorizo, you can certainly substitute sweet/hot Italian sausage or ground beef.

Canned pinto beans are rinsed and drained. Then they’re heated in the pan with water and a few added spices. Simply mash them up a bit and you’ll have your ‘homemade’ refried beans.

To assemble the nachos: spread chips into a casserole dish.

Sprinkle half of the cooked chorizo and half of the beans on top of the chips.

Spread a handful of pepper jack and sharp cheddar cheeses over the top. Add a few jalapenos too.

One more layer of chips, chorizo, beans, cheese, etc. Pile it up high! Into the oven it goes… to melt all of that cheese.

Ready for eating… add a bit of lime-tainted sour cream and freshly chopped cilantro.

This platter of nachos was devoured in no time by a bunch of nail-biting Chargers’ fans (the game was close)! This was some good grub. It was a very ‘manly’ sort of appetizer… piled high with lots of good stuff (calories). The women ate it too, but most of them leaned toward the healthier fare at the party.

Don’t worry… I haven’t fallen off of the healthy bandwagon or anything. I sampled these nachos before my venture began! You can read more about my healthy eating venture here. I’m still on track!

This recipe for Chorizo, Bean and Cheese Nachos can be found HERE.

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  • Deborah wrote:

    That is perfect Super Bowl food!!

  • Peter M wrote:

    Gorgeous, hunger-inducing and enough to want me to desire Nachos for brekkie.

  • Desmone007 wrote:

    Well this sure looks like a superbowl party favorite! Thanks for the recipe.
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  • KaitCav wrote:

    The nachos look delicious! My favorite recipe for Super Bowl parties is Buffalo Chicken Dip. There’s a great recipe for it at It’s REALLY easy to make because it uses Swanson Chicken, which is made with only white meat. (I work for them, so I know!) We get compliments on the recipe all the time – especially during football season! Thanks for sharing your great recipes!!

  • The Diva on a Diet wrote:

    Oh how I love chorizo … rarely eat it or nachos … though these look terrific and perfect for the Super Bowl.

    Sorry about the Chargers, by the way, I was hoping they’d beat the Cards. 🙁

  • Aggie wrote:

    ok, are you kidding with these? they look fantastic! I’m a nacho addict…love this version of them!! My husband’s football friends would go nuts over them!

  • kellypea wrote:

    We love nachos. It’s a prerequisite to living in Paradise, right? This is a great recipe. We don’t usually add the chorizo, but I’m sure it would go over big here. Love your photography!

  • Hillary wrote:

    So you get to eat healthy but look at how you’re tempting the rest of us! 🙂 I know a bunch of people who would LOVE to eat this at their Super Bowl party.

  • Grace wrote:

    i could care less about the game–i’m only present for the food, and i’m liking what you’re dishing out. 🙂

  • Patsyk wrote:

    I love nachos piled high like that! Definitely a requirement for watching football.

  • Kitchen Flavours wrote:

    Wow something new and yummy…

  • VeggieGirl wrote:

    mmm, nachos!!

  • Ivy wrote:

    This looks so good I am sure it disappeared in no time.