Black Bean Nachos
Makes 4 servings or 16 appetizers
2 flour tortillas (8”)
2 chorizo or spicy sausage
1 cup black bean pesto
1 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (coriander)
For Black Bean Pesto (Yield: 3 cups):-
8 oz dried black beans
1 quart water
1 bay leaf
1 ham hock
2 jalapeños, seeded
20 ml garlic
Stems of 2 bunches cilantro (fresh coriander)
Salt/fresh ground pepper
For Black Bean Pesto: Rinse and drain beans thoroughly. Place them in a large saucepan or soup kettle and add all remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer, uncovered for 1 ½ hours.
Remove and discard ham hock and bay leaf. Using slotted spoon, transfer bean mixture, in batches, to the bowl of a food processor. Process, adding cooking liquid as necessary to form a smooth, thick paste. You will use a total of about 1 cup liquid.
Transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in the salt and pepper if needed. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use. Will keep in fridge for 2-3 days.
Nachos: Preheat oven to 375ºF. Fill a heavy skillet with ½” corn oil. Heat it until oil just starts to move. Then fry the tortillas, one at a time, until light golden brown, about 15 seconds on each side. Drain on paper towels.
Slice chorizo into ¼” thick rounds and sauté them in a small skillet until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove sausage from skillet and drain on paper towel.
Place tortillas on baking sheet, and spread pesto evenly over them. Arrange sausage over pesto and sprinkle with cheese. Top with chopped cilantro.
Bake until brown, 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cut each tortilla into eight pieces. Serve immediately.