Wednesday, April 28, 2010

grilled nachos

it's officially grilling season in the heart of the midwest.  i love throwing anything i can find on the barbeque grill, from the standard things like burgers and kebabs, to the more daring items like pizza.  this was also a more interesting grill item. nachos were already on the menu for dinner, but the grill idea came from a 'slimcado' i had purchased, which is basically just a florida avocado.  it's firmer than the creamy hass avocados, so it can withstand the grill basket without turning to mush.

  • 1 15oz. can red or black beans
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 2oz. can green chilies
  • 1/2 florida avocado
  • 1 small can black olives, whole
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • tortilla chips
  • vegan queso

first, you need a grill basket with small holes like this one so you won't lose your beans or chilies. cut your tomatoes, avocado and chilies into larger pieces and toss in the basket with the beans and spices. this only needs to cook for about 5-10 minutes depending on the grill temperature. use a metal spatula to toss the mix occasionally.

scoop mixture on top of a bed of tortilla chips, and add your favourite vegan cheese or queso.


Gina said...

That's super cool, I never would have thought of grilling an avocado!!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Brilliant! I love the idea of grilled nachos!

Bianca said...

You can never, ever, ever go wrong with nachos! Now I just need a grill.

VivaciousVegan said...

Nom Nom Nom, I am soooo making this as soon as I buy a grill absket...which will be this friday!!!

VivaciousVegan said...

I get excited when I am hungry and cannot spell or read

Anonymous said...

Nachos are great, grilled nachos sound too good to be true!

Jeni Treehugger said...

Never thought of throwing Nachos OR Pizza on a BBQ!
Sounds great and the nachos look awesome.

The Voracious Vegan said...

This is such a great idea! I love nachos and I bet grilling them would take it to a whole new level. WOW! I love it!

Veganosaurus said...

Oh wow! This looks delish!! I don't have a barbecue grill (those aren't very common here in India where the diet is primarily vegetarian) but it sure sounds like something I can grill in my oven.

Megan said...

This looks great! I'll have to give it a try. I grew up in FL with a big avocado tree outside my bedroom window. They'd fall in the night and sound like bowling balls being dropped from the sky! We had so many that we'd sell them for a dime a piece from the driveway.

dreaminitvegan said...

What an ingenious idea! We bbq at all summer long cuz it's so hot to use the oven.
We only use haas avo's because they are the creamiest and tastiest I'll have to be on the look out for a firmer one so I can grill it.