1 large bag of tortilla chips

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or a blend of Monterey Jack and Colby)

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 ripe tomato, diced

1 small red onion, finely chopped

1 jalapeño, thinly sliced (seeded for less heat)

1/2 cup sliced black olives

1/2 cup sweet corn (fresh, frozen, or canned)

1 cup cooked, shredded chicken or ground beef (optional)

Chopped cilantro for garnish

Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat your oven to 375°F, cozying up the kitchen for the arrival of good company.

Spread tortilla chips in a large tin foil tray, forming the base of this edible art.

Sprinkle half the cheese over the chips, followed by an even layer of black beans, tomato, red onion, jalapeño, olives, and corn. Add chicken or beef if using.

Top with the remaining cheese, and season with salt and pepper.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is golden and bubbly.

Let cool briefly, then garnish with cilantro.

Variations & Tips:

Feel free to add any fresh veggies you have, like bell peppers or zucchini. A sprinkle of taco seasoning on the cheese adds an extra kick. Choose sturdy tortilla chips that can support your generous toppings.

Gather your loved ones, serve these nachos fresh and hot, and revel in the shared joy and comfort they bring. It's a treat that tastes of laughter, camaraderie, and the simple pleasure of good food and good company. Enjoy, my dears!