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Chorizo Nachos with Chipotle Avocado Cream

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is on Sunday? It just kind of snuck up on me. I like Cinco de Mayo because I use it as an excuse to eat my weight in guacamole and drink Corona. If you too like to use the 5th of May as a reason to eat Mexican inspired dishes, then you’ll want to add these nachos to the list. They are quick, easy and packed full of flavor.

We eat nachos quite a bit. I have always been a fan of adding more than just your standard meat and cheese. I love to add fresh pico de gallo. Black beans. Corn. Jalapenos. Guacamole. For the meat, I would most often just use seasoned ground turkey and I thought all was fine and dandy.

Then I used chorzio.

Why I never thought to use chorizo on my nachos before is beyond me but it adds a wonderful spicy flavor that you just can’t get from turkey no matter how much you season it. For this reason I now always use chorizo when I make my nachos.

Except that time I tried using a jalapeno mango sausage. But let’s not talk about that. I don’t count that as a kitchen success.

At all.

But back to Cinco de Mayo goodness, I also top these nachos with a spicy chipotle avocado cream. With the avocados, spicy chipotle hot sauce, tangy lime and creamy yogurt, trust me when I say you need it in your life.

Speaking of avocados, have you all seen the new cookbook, Absolutely Avocados, released by Gaby Dalkin? Tell me you have. If you haven’t you need to. Like for reals. There 75 recipes using avocados. Recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Sounds amazing doesn’t it? Yeah, it is.

And because I think it’s so amazing and because I think everyone should have a copy in their kitchen I am giving away TWO copies today. All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to enjoy avocados.

Mine? With a spoon.

Giveaway Rules:

Giveaway ends Tuesday May 7 at 5pm PST.

US Residents Only.

Winners will be chosen at random.

I sponsored this giveaway. My opinions are my own.


Chorizo Nachos with Chipotle Avocado Cream

A plate full of goodness: chips, cheese, black beans, corn, tomatoes, onions, chorizo and a creamy chipotle avocado cream sauce.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Easy Appetizer Recipes, Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 Servings



  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 tablespoons fat free greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1 to mato seeded and diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1 pound chorizo sausage removed from casing
  • 1 14.5 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese
  • 16 ounce bag tortilla chips
  • 3 green onions diced


  • Combine avocado, yogurt, hot sauce, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 clove garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • In another bowl combine tomato, onion, remaining garlic, remaining lime juice and remaining salt. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Cook black beans in a pan over medium heat. Once warm add in frozen corn, cumin, garlic and chili powder. Mix well. Cook just until corn is warmed through, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cover until ready to use.
  • In another pan heat chroizo and cook 5 - 7 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from heat.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Divide chips among four plates oven proof plates. Top with equal amounts of pepper jack and cheddar cheeses. Spoon some chorizo over the top. Spoon some of the black beans over the top. Place in the oven and cook for 3 - 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Remove from oven top with chipotle avocado cream, tomato mixture and diced green onions. Serve immediately. (Be careful of the hot plates. I serve mine on top of hot pads)


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Keywords: absolutely avocados, avocado cream, chipotle, chrozio, Food, man food, nachos, Recipe, snack

  • Denise
    May 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I’m a big fan of avocado on sandwiches of any kind… and burgers… and just about any way I can get them really…

  • Erin
    May 7, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Cutting them in half, removing the pit, and filling it in with pico de gallo! Otherwise just a sprinkle of salt. Yummm!

  • Emily Wells
    May 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I like scooping them out of their skin, giving them a squirt of lime juice and salt, and eating them with a fork!

  • STacey
    May 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I love to make dips,and just about everything with them!

  • Anne
    May 7, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Like you, my favorite way to eat avocado is with a spoon and a little peppered Olive oil mayo. This was until I decided I would make potato salad with avocado…Oh my! Best decision of my life, so I now think this could be a new favorite! :) super yum!

  • Jenny Guitar
    May 7, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Mmmmmm avocados! My favorite way to enjoy them is with a spoon too. However, I will definitely be trying this chipotle avocado cream you speak of. I don’t think there is a bad way to eat avocados though, I never understand how some people just don’t like them! More for me ;-)

  • Bethany
    May 7, 2013 at 8:06 am

    My favorite is guacamole – it’s addicting and I’ll eat it with almost anything :)

  • Amanda Thompson
    May 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I’m definitely going to have to try Chorizo on my nachos now ~ sounds amazing! My favorite way to eat avocados is sliced onto burgers and club sandwiches!

  • Zoe
    May 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I love to just eat avocados with a tiny sprinkle of salt. Or just plain. Or any way, really. I love them.

  • Rachel A.
    May 6, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Definitely have to say guacamole, but I eat them on sandwiches, in smoothies, or with anything really.

  • Susan Christy
    May 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I recently discovered that I like avocado, and eat way too much spicy guacamole.

  • Millie
    May 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Spread generously in any sandwich! :)

  • Liz
    May 4, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I love avocados with tomatoes, red onions, salt and pepper. Also like to put them on burgers.

  • Aly
    May 4, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I like them with guacamole, but would like to try branching out and using them in other recipes!

  • Brian
    May 4, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I enjoy avocados in my tummy and on my face. MMMMMM thank God for avocados.

  • Heather
    May 4, 2013 at 8:14 am

    In a smoothie!! I know….you’d think it would be weird but oh so no. A banana, one avo, almond milk and a little yogurt and BAM. You’ll love me forever and want to be my best friend. In that order.

  • Sue Clark
    May 4, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Bacon, avocado and tomato sandwiches! aka known as a “BAT Sandwich”.

  • Jessen
    May 4, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Guacamole! Jalapeno, Lime, Minced Red Onion, Scallions, Pinch of Cumin, Couple Drops of Hot Sauce, Minced Garlic, Salt and Pepper. My Fav.

  • Robyn
    May 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    These nachos look amazing!

    I love to add avocado to burritos!

  • Melissa
    May 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    My favorite way to eat avocados is with a spritz of lime juice, salt and pepper and scooped right out of the skin with a spoon. They are also awesome put on the grill for a few minutes!

  • Beth
    May 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Avocado chocolate milkshakes! Avocado spread on toast! Avocado smoothies!

  • Dwayne Smith
    May 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I like them a lot of different ways.
    But my favorite is to eat them raw out of the skin with a little bit of salt and pepper.

  • Lindsey Lea
    May 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I like my avocados best with tomatoes, black beans, and rice! They’re amazing however they’re eaten though! <3

  • Joyce
    May 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Anytime, anywhere! I particularly love them on sandwiches to replicate the gooeyness of cheese.

  • Barbie
    May 3, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I have avocados almost every morning on a breakfast sandwich. English muffin, egg and avocados = YUMMY!!!

  • Fernando
    May 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I have what I call my “OCD Guacamole”. That’s because only green and white ingredients are allowed on it. I know! Just listen to me:

    Avocados, onion, some cilantro, serrano chiles, a little sour cream, queso fresco, and if you’re feeling adventurous, some minced pistachoes. Salt, pepper, and a pinch of basil, and you’re set. I swear, the best guac you’ll ever have (:

  • Sharmila
    May 3, 2013 at 10:02 am

    See, you had my attention at chorizo. Then you went and said spicy chipotle avocado cream. Ack!
    I’m dying here in my office chair.
    I will eat avocados any which way possible. My favourite is the BLTA. Nothing more amazing than bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado on crisp toasted bread slathered with mayo. But now I’m thinking chipotle mayo may be even more awesome.

  • Nicia
    May 3, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I make a killer guacamole, but I will gladly eat an avocado with nothing but a spoon.

  • Karen
    May 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I love avocados drizzled with lemon juice and sprinkled with coarse salt and pepper.

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