Game day nachos

By the Chef Marshall O’Brien Group

These nachos are simple and satisfying. The filling can be mixed ahead of time and the actual dish can be layered and baked in small batches so they are warm and crispy for the game day crowd.

Serves 8


  • 2 15.5-ounce cans pinto beans or black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 1 can) diced fire-roasted tomatoes with chilis
  • 2 4.5-ounce cans sliced green chilies (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) shredded sharp cheddar cheese 
  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) shredded Parmesan cheese 
  • 8 ounces low-sodium corn tortilla chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix together all ingredients except cheese and tortilla chips. 
  3. In a large oven-safe baking dish or several glass pie plates, spread a layer of tortilla chips, followed by a layer of the bean and tomato mixture. Sprinkle the two cheeses on top.
  4. Bake until warmed through and cheese is nicely melted, about 15 minutes.

Tip: Take the leftover filling for lunch along with a veggie salad and shredded cheese. Heat the filling, top the salad with it, and garnish with the cheese. It’s a warming twist so you can enjoy salad while still beating the winter chills.

Chef Marshall O’BrienThe Chef Marshall O’Brien Group is a dedicated assembly of professionals based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, committed to the goal of using nutrition to get kids and families to lead happier, healthier lives.