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Cheesy Ham and Black Bean Nachos

Cheesy Ham and Black Bean Nachos

Nachos are probably the most simple and fun of communal dishes. The addition of smoky ham, black beans, three types of cheese and freshly roasted jalapenos elevate this version still keeping it an 'Under 30 Minute' dish!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 1 baking sheet of Nachos - serves 6-8 depending on portion size
Calories 324kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 large bag of Tortilla Chips
  • 4 Jalapeno chilies* , each approximately 3 inches long
  • 2 cups Ham , cubed into ¼-1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 ½ cups or 15 ounce can Black Beans , cooked and drained
  • 8 ounces Salsa (I used 505 Southwestern Chipotle Honey Roasted Green Chile salsa)
  • 1 cup Smoked Gouda cheese , grated
  • 1 cup Mild Cheddar cheese , grated
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack cheese , grated
  • ¼-1/3 cup Cilantro , chopped
  • Garnish: 8 ounces of Sour Cream (note: sour cream also mutes the spicy heat too!)


  • Turn on the oven broiler. On a baking sheet place the jalapeno chilies. Place the baking sheet underneath the broiler element in oven. Check frequently for blackening. Once the chile has blackened on one side rotate it until all sides are fully blackened (note: the skin will be difficult to remove if it has not blackened first).
  • Remove the chilies from the oven and place into a zip plastic bag. Seal and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle with your hands.
  • Peel off the blackened outer skin of the chile. Remove the stem, seeds and inner membrane (attaches the seeds to the inside of the chile). Chop and set aside. Note: the oils from chilies can be very painful if they come in contact with areas such as the eyes or nose. When working with chilies practice frequent hand washing or consider wearing latex-type gloves.
  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl add the three cups of cheese and stir to fully combine. Set aside.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with a layer to tortilla chips to cover the pan.
  • Sprinkle 1/3 of the chopped ham and cheese over the first layer of chips. Add a second layer of chips, completely covering the first. Layer on the remaining ham, black beans, roasted chopped jalapeno chilies, salsa topping with the remaining cheese.
  • Place in the heated oven until the cheese fully melts (usually less than 5 minutes). Remove; top with chopped cilantro and sour cream (or allow individuals to serve that on the side if desired). Eat immediately.


*Jalapenos are considered mild though roasting them brings out some heat. If wishing for more heat, try Serrano chilies; for a more mild choice, Anaheim chilies are perfect.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1107mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 9.8mg | Calcium: 403mg | Iron: 1.3mg