Black Bean Tacos

These Black Bean Tacos are one of my all-time favorite taco recipes. They are restaurant quality tacos that are EASY to make at home. The black bean filling is made with basic ingredients, but the flavors are outstanding. We serve the black beans in cr…

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Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos!)

Impress everyone with this totchos recipe! Tater tot nachos are endless fun, crispy and loaded with all the best toppings.…

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Impress everyone with this totchos recipe! Tater tot nachos are endless fun, crispy and loaded with all the best toppings.

Totchos

Looking for fun party food, or a tasty appetizer dinner? One word for you: Totchos! Just as you’d imagine, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside tots are just the thing for loading with nachos toppings. This Totchos recipe is our favorite way to make them: topped with black beans, corn, pico, guacamole, sour cream and lots of cheese. Here are the tricks to making your own pan of tater tot nachos!

What are totchos?

Tater tot nachos, aka totchos, are nachos where tater tots stand in for the tortilla chips. Mix up the toppings while the tots bake and you’ve got a hearty appetizer or even dinner. It’s unclear who invented tachos, but they’ve captured popular imagination and you can now find them on restaurant and bar menus.

We first tasted Totchos years ago at a restaurant in Montana, of all places! Around a table with my family and mugs of microbrew, we experienced the magic of totchos: crispy fried potatoes topped with black beans, avocado mash, and a white queso sauce. Between the “Mmmm’s”, Alex and I caught each others’ eyes. We’ve got to try this at home.

Totchos

Ingredients in tater tot nachos

This Totchos recipe is an idea template: like with standard nachos, you can load them up with just about anything you like. This list of toppings is the combination of ingredients that we love. One thing to remember: you’ll want a good contrast of dry and gooey ingredients. In our opinion, the guacamole steals the show and is absolutely required here. Here’s what you’ll need for tater tot nachos:

  • Frozen tater tots: look for a high quality brand with natural ingredients if possible! Our favorite is Alexia (or try homemade tater tots if you’re feeling adventurous)
  • Black beans
  • Spices: Garlic powder, chili powder, cumin
  • Cilantro
  • Red onion and green onion
  • Jalapeño pepper
  • Mexican-style blend shredded cheese
  • Pico de gallo
  • Corn
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream (or Vegan Nacho Cheese or Cashew Cream)
Totchos recipe

Tips for serving this totchos recipe

Totchos is a very simple concept, but there are a few things to note about this recipe.

  • Use either 1 pound or 1 ½ pounds. The topping amount should work for up to 1 ½ pounds tots, so use more if you’re expecting hearty appetites.
  • Prep the toppings while the tots bake. You’ll want to serve the tots right away when they’re hot, so use this time to chop and assemble everything.
  • When getting creative with toppings, make sure to balance gooey with dry textures. The tots and melted cheese are dry on their own, so be generous with the dollops of guacamole and sour cream to carry the dish. Or, use a queso sauce! See below.

More topping ideas

This totchos recipe is a template for you to get creative! There are lots of other ways to top your tater tot nachos. Here are some additional ideas to get your wheels turning:

Totchos recipe

Notes on vegan tater tot nachos

Tater tots are naturally vegan, so it’s easy to make this recipe into a dairy-free or vegan recipe! Here’s what to do:

  • Omit the cheese
  • Use Cashew Cream or Vegan Nacho Cheese in place of the sour cream. We highly recommend the nacho cheese, as it helps to add back the savory, cheesy flavor. If you don’t have to time to make homemade, Siete Foods also sells a great vegan queso.

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This totchos recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, see the notes above.

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Totchos

Totchos


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6

Description

Impress everyone with this Tochos recipe! Tater tot nachos are endless fun, crispy and loaded with all the best toppings.


Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds frozen tater tots
  • ¾ cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon each garlic powder and chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon each cumin and kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup Mexican-style blend shredded cheese (omit for vegan)
  • ½ cup pico de gallo, drained (or finely diced tomato and red onion)
  • ¼ cup canned corn, drained
  • ½ cup guacamole
  • Sour cream (or Vegan Nacho Cheese or Cashew Cream)

Instructions

  1. Bake the tater tots according to the bag instructions (place on a parchment-paper lined sheet pan and bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes until crispy). 
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix the black beans with olive oil, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin and kosher salt. Chop the cilantro, red onion, green onions, and jalapeño pepper (if using). 
  3. When the tater tots are baked, sprinkle them with the cheese and place them back in the oven until it is melted, about 2 minutes. 
  4. Remove the tray from the oven. Top with the beans, cilantro, red and green onion, drained pico de gallo and corn, sliced jalapeno peppers (if using), and dollops of sour cream and guacamole. 
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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Black Bean Burger

Everyone has their own favorite black bean burger recipe…and at long last, here’s ours! Here’s the thing with bean burgers: you either love ’em or you hate ’em. But a good one can be fantastic. This one is hearty and savory, spiced with cumin, garlic, and smoked paprika. Walnuts give it texture so it’s not just mush on a bun. Top it with cheese, guacamole and all the burger fixin’s, and it’s pretty darn satisfying. We always polish these off quickly: and leftovers last in the fridge for days!

What’s in this black bean burger recipe?

There are many variations on a black bean burger recipe. This one is mostly beans, walnuts, and spices, held together with breadcrumbs and egg. It doesn’t have the texture of an actual burger, so don’t expect that! But it’s hearty and satisfying when served in a bun with toppings. Here are the key ingredients you’ll need:

  • Black beans
  • Onion and garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Spices: cumin, garlic powder and smoked paprika
  • Soy sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Panko
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Egg
Black Bean Burger

Methods for cooking a black bean burger

There are a few methods for cooking a black bean burger: baking, pan frying, and grilling. In our experience, pan frying a black bean burger can come out mushy and not cooked through. So our favorite method is baking! But you can grill it as well. Here’s what to know:

  • Baked: Bake the burgers at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes on each side. This cooks them through perfectly. They’re even better after they rest for about 10 minutes to firm up.
  • Grilled: Pre-bake them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes per side. Then you can go right to the grill and grill 5 minutes per side on medium high heat, or refrigerate until grilling. The smoky char of the grill adds unreal nuance to the burger!

Sauces and topping ideas

Once you’ve whipped up this black bean burger recipe, the fun part is the toppings! The best bang for your buck? A great burger sauce recipe. Often times we go simple and just slather the bun with guacamole (as you see above), but there are lots of other great sauce ideas. Make sure to pair this burger with a sauce or spread: it’s much too dry otherwise. Here are some options:

Black bean burger recipe

Leftovers and make ahead instructions

This black bean burgers recipe stores very well and is ideal for making in advance! The texture of the burgers firms up the longer they sit, so they’re great after refrigeration. They even work well frozen! This recipe makes enough for 8 burgers, so you can have leftovers for days. Here are a few notes on storage:

  • Burgers last well refrigerated up to 5 days. Eat them cold, room temp, or re-warm them before eating (in a skillet, oven, broiler or on the grill).
  • Or, freeze burgers you don’t plan to eat right away for up to 3 months. Stack them with parchment paper in between each and freeze in a sealed container.

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This black bean burger recipe is…

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Black Bean Burger

Favorite Black Bean Burger


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 7 to 8 burgers

Description

This black bean burger recipe is hearty and satisfying! Pile ’em high with toppings for a meal that pleases everyone.


Ingredients

  • 2 cans black beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 garlic cloves (1 tablespoon minced)
  • 1 cup finely diced yellow onion (1/2 onion)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 cup panko
  • ¾ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • Cheese slices, for serving (optional)
  • For serving: Buns, guacamole, Burger Sauce or Chipotle Sauce, pickles, red onion, tomato, ketchup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. 
  2. Mince the garlic and finely chop the onion, making sure the pieces are small (avoid random large ones which can break up the texture). In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the the onion and sauté for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for for 2 more minutes until golden and translucent. Remove from the heat.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the black beans with a fork, keeping some whole– the texture should be mostly mashed with chunks and whole beans remaining. Add the sauteed onion and garlic, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, soy sauce, ketchup, panko, chopped walnuts, kosher salt, and egg. Mix to combine until a dough forms. 
  4. Use a ½ cup measuring cup to portion the dough into patties: 7 burgers with a full ½ cup or 8 burgers measuring a scant ½ cup. Shake the patty out of the measuring cup, then place it on a parchment lined baking sheet and gently press it until it’s 3/4” thick. When the dough starts to stick to the cup, wash out the measuring cup. 
  5. Place the burgers in the oven. Bake 15 minutes on one side, then flip and bake 15 minutes on the other side. If using, add cheese slices and bake 3 minutes more until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately or wait about 10 to 15 minutes until the burgers firm up. Place on a bun spread with guacamole and layered with pickles, ketchup red onion and tomato. Leftover burgers last well refrigerated up to 5 days. Or freeze leftovers for up to 3 months, stacked with parchment paper in between each in a sealed container. Reheat or grill prior to serving (see below). 
  6. Alternative grilling instructions: If you plan to grill the burgers, first bake the burgers for 20 minutes: 10 minutes per side. Then grill the burgers over medium high heat for about 5 minutes per side.  
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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