Lightened Up Nachos
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Serves: Serves 5
  • 4 handfuls of restaurant-style tortilla chips
  • 15 oz can of refried beans
  • 15 oz can of black beans
  • 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  1. Place one handful of chips on the bottom of a shallow bowl or an 8x13 baking dish.
  2. Using a spoon, add about three tbsp of each type of beans over the chips.
  3. Sprinkle beans with about ¼ cup cheese.
  4. Repeat process three more times. You'll want to layer this as if you were layering lasagna. Chips, beans, cheese.
  5. Once you finish the final layer, place the bowl or dish in the microwave and melt cheese at 45 second increments until completely melted.
  6. Sprinkle tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro over the top layer of melted cheese.
When distributing the ingredients across each layer, you can simply do so evenly, to taste. For instance, the recipe calls for one cup of cheese - instead of measuring out cheese for each layer (if you need to, that's fine), simply sprinkle some on each layer until the cup is finished. No need for exact measurements when making nachos! :)
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