Chorizo & Bean Baked Nachos



Working from home means meal planning is a big part of life. I juggle going out, big-time cooking, and simple and quick. That last one is where this recipe comes into play. I had the opportunity to try out the new Herdez® Instant Refried Beans and was beyond curious!

Instant beans, really? If these tasted good, they would fit perfectly with my quick meal ideas!

What sold me was that they are made by Herdez. Any other brand, I wouldn’t have even considered it, but Herdez is legit when it comes to Mexican food. From salsas to sauces, tortilla chips to canned chiles – I’ve always used Herdez in my family recipes. Green light on trying the instant beans! I love that they even have a variety of flavors – Traditional, Jalapeno, Chorizo and Queso. And that they sent me samples of each!


We do a lot of Latin-themed cooking and eating in this house and refried beans are a main staple. I tried the traditional version of these and was pleasantly surprised! All you need is a sauce pan, water, a stove and five minutes. Once they are cooked, you can customize them to your liking. Growing up, my mom would always add milk to make her refried beans smooth and creamy. My mom-in-law adds in lots and lots of cheese! Or you can leave as-is and be good to go.

Frijoles con todo!

I’m happy to have these as a main staple in my pantry. Yes, we’ll still have a bag of old school beans to slow cook, but these definitely qualify as a speedy way to get yummy refried beans for breakfast, burritos, tostadas… or NACHOS!



Casserole dish

2 packages of Herdez Chorizo Beans (or 1 Chorizo and 1 traditional if you don’t want them too spicy)

1 bag of tortilla chips

Shredded cheddar cheese

Crema, diced tomatoes, sliced olives, chopped green olives, jalapenos, salsa.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare the beans by pouring 1-1/2 cups of water in a sauce pan. Let it come to a boil, then add the bag of Herdez Instant Beans. Stir, then reduce heat to low and stir and simmer for five minutes.

Line the casserole dish with the chips, then add the beans evenly.


Then pile on the cheese!


Bake for 15 minutes, or until all the cheese is melted.


Add other toppings, you can either add them now or serve the nachos on small plates and let people pick and choose what they want on top.


OMG, these came out so tasty – super crispy and gooey. The beans have an awesome homemade flavor and texture (and are gluten free too)!

These are hot off the press new and currently are sold in the following cities: San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, San Antonio, Houston, Des Moines.

This is my recipe for the #FrijolesConTodo campaign, there are plenty more – visit to see them all.

Recipe - Traditional tostadas

To celebrate the launch of this new line, Herdez has a Frijoles Con Todo Social Media Sweepstakes (Beans with everything sweepstakes). They are giving away two t-shirts a week. To enter share your frijoles! Post a picture on Instagram showing your favorite way to eat your refried beans with #FrijolesConTodo and tag/follow HerdezTraditions.

Thanks for reading! Now go make some nachos!!!

Love & light,

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