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Baked Pork & Bean Nachos, Mumford & Sons

Posted Jun 07 2011 7:37am

Hope you all survived Monday intact! I was so tired throughout the day. 5 hours of restless sleep doesn’t a great night make. A short nap when I got home seemed to remedy some of the exhaustion though.

I find that when I’m extremely tired, if I nap for too long I wake up groggy and out of it, but if I sleep for just 30 minutes or so, I wake up feeling much better then when I laid down! The challenges lies in making myself get out of bed after only 30 minutes!

Why only 5 hours of sleep last night? Well, we went to the Mumford and Sons show at The Pageant ! I’ve been listening to their first (and only) album, Sigh No More, for a while now so it was great to see them perform all their awesome songs. These tickets were hard to get, so we were more than willing to stay up late to catch the show!


If you haven’t heard of Mumford before, they are a folk rock band from England that play catchy tunes that really get you moving! They really gained fame when they played with the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan at the 2010 Grammy’s. You should definitely check them out!


I don’t like to take too many photos at concerts because I like to enjoy the show. Plus, I’m short and unless I’m in a seat, it’s difficult to take decent photos. Here are a few:

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Now, on to some eats!

On Saturday, in an effort to same some $$, we stayed home. I wanted to cook dinner but literally had no clue what to throw together. I’m getting better at creating random meals but still rely on recipes an awful lot.

I took a look around the kitchen and saw:

  • Bag of tortilla chips
  • Cans of beans and tomatoes
  • Extra ground pork
  • Shredded Cheese

…which is a pretty obvious recipe for nachos! However, anyone can make simple nachos – I wanted to add in a little flair. This has kind of been how I roll in the kitchen: putting a little flair into every recipe :)

Using a modified version of this Cooking Light recipe for Pork and Bean Nachos, I got to work!

Baked Pork and Bean Nachos
(modified; serves 2-4)

  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chile in adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 can black or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheese of choice
  • Toppings!

Brown your meat in a tablespoon of olive oil. Add whatever you usually do to browned meat, including but not limited to taco seasoning, chili powder, diced onions, minced garlic, etc. Set aside.

In a food processor, add your chile in adodo, 1/2 tsp of adobo sauce, water, lime juice, chili powder, salt, and beans; pulse until smooth.

Line a baking sheet with foil and spread out the tortilla chips in an even layer. You want to spread the bean mixture onto the chips with a knife. I highly recommend full size chips; I used mini-rounds. It took a while.


Once that tedious task is done, spread the pork over the chips.


Then spread your cheese!


Preheat the broiler and broil on high 4-5 minutes. Take it out, using a spatula to distribute nachos onto each plate. Add your toppings and chomp!


I used avocado, onion, a tiny bit of salsa, and a tiny bit of sour cream nonfat Greek yogurt.

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It was a fun, new way to make nachos! Nothing too crazy and you’ve all probably done this before, but it was new to me :) The ground pork was delicious; such a juicy alternative to turkey or beef.

So that’s that! Hope you had a great Monday – good luck with Tuesday!

Question: What do you think of Mumford and Sons?

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