Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nachos that ROCK & Nacho apostrophe "S"

Nachos that Rock

Because they have layers ... 

My mom is a geologist, studying the layers of the Earth and rocks, so I thought it was only appropriate to give the nachos we make from her FAMOUS Mexican dip a geological name ... that rocks!

Here's how to make the dip that has been a party staple at all spring and summer family and neighborhood functions for as long as I can remember ... Just in time for Cinco de Mayo!

Just add chips to the dip and you have nachos ... 

Layer 1 
15 or 19 ounce can of non-fat vegetarian refried beans
Layer 2
15 or 19 ounce can of non-fat vegetarian refried  black beans
Layer 3
Black bean dip *** [See recipe below]
Layer 4
1 jar 16 ounce mild salsa
Layer 5
1 tub 16 ounce non- fat sour cream
Layer 6
1-2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack/Colby cheese blend [Or Mexican Blend] 
Olive oil to grease pan
Optional: diced green chiles

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly grease w/olive oil a large baking pan.  Layers 1 to5: Spread each layer in pan. Layer 6: sprinkle cheese on top until completely covered. Press down gently into sour cream layer. Optional: sprinkle mild, diced green chiles over cheese. Bake 350 (down from 375) degrees 20 minutes. Can broil to brown cheese.

***Black Bean Dip
1  can 19-ounce or 15-ounce black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup finely crumbled or shredded jack cheese
1/2 cup prepared salsa, spicy
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste

Heat beans until bubbly. Remove from heat and mash thoroughly. Sprinkle cheese over beans and blend into warm beans. Stir in garlic, cumin and chili powder until blended with bean mash. Add lime juice, salsa, and cilantro. Blend thoroughly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve warm or cold. 

Nacho with an apostrophe "S"

Did you know nachos were named after a guy named Nacho?

Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya had a restaurant called El Moderno, in Piedras Negras — just across the border from Eagle Pass, TX.  Here at El Moderno, Nacho invented Nacho's Special, or fried chips, with melted cheese and jalapeño ... Nacho's. 

Today the apostrophe has been dropped, but the dish is as popular as ever.  So next time your at a ball game or enjoying nachos as a late night snack, remember the man who started it all, Nacho Anaya. 

For more info on Señor Anaya, click here.  

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