Corn and Avocado Salsa...& Vegan Nachos!
Mexican Inspired Recipes: Corn & Avocado Salsa, and Vegan Nachos.
Corn and Avocado Salsa combines the flavorful tastes of cilantro, lime, corn, and red onion, with black beans (optional), tomatoes, and of course avocado. This is a great dish to have at home, serve at a party, or take to a pot-luck dinner! Serve it with chips, on top of burgers, or top of a salad, or even just with a fork!
Vegan Nachos use many of the same ingredients as regular nachos, but doesn't rely on meat or cheese for flavor. These nachos are quite delicious and make for a quick meal or snack! Because they don't require any actually cooking or chopping (just tear the romaine or leaf lettuce into pieces and omit the onion), a child could easily prepare these as an after school snack.
You'll find the recipes for both Corn & Avocado Salsa and Vegan Nachos on this page!
Corn & Avocado Salsa Recipe
Corn and Avocado Salsa Recipe - This Salsa Recipe Is Easy To Make!
Corn and Avocado Salsa
1 can corn (plain or with bell peppers)
1/3 cup of black beans (optional)
1 ripe avocado, chopped
Â½ to Â¾ of a red onion, chopped
15 to 20 sprigs of cilantro, chopped
2 to 3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 tbsps of bell pepper, chopped (optional)
The juice from ¼ of a lime
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Chop and add to a bowl (in any order) the tomatoes, cilantro, bell pepper (if using), onion, and avocado. Also add the corn, beans, lime juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix gently with a spoon, and enjoy!
Serve with chips (tortilla chips, black bean corn tortilla chips, pita chips, etc.)
Making Corn and Avocado Salsa Recipe
Add all the ingredients to the bowl. Then gently stir together.
Serving suggestion: Corn and Avocado Salsa is great with chips! These could be regular tortilla chips, black bean chips, pita chips, etc.
Tip 1: Chips
If you are serving this at a party, why not purchase more than one type of chip and let your guests choose which type they prefer for themselves?
Shown in the photograph above are black bean tortilla chips on the left, and bite sized white corn tortilla chips on the right.
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Tip 2: Selecting and Cutting An Avocado
Selecting and cutting an avocado
When selecting an avocado, look for one that is a very dark green, almost purplish color. Press gently with your thumb on the avocado. Ripe ones will be tender and give to the touch some, but not so tender your thumb makes a hole. If you have to buy one that's not yet ripe, store in in a paper bag for a day or two, and it should ripen quickly.
To cut an avocado, first wash it and then gently make a cut all the way around the middle (as if you were cutting it in half). Pull the two sides apart. One side should have the uncut pit in it. Then use the knife to loosen the flesh from the skin by slipping the knife between the two. This is just like loosening warm brownies or cake from the pan before removing them. Once you have all of the avocado flesh removed from the skin, cut the flesh into pieces.
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Vegan Nachos Recipe
Vegan Nachos Recipe
To make Vegan Nachos, spread a layer of tortilla chips (any type, although the scoop ones work well for this dish!) on a plate. Top with black beans, cut onion, lettuce, corn, and store bought or homemade tomato based salsa. Who needs cheese? These are delicious!
Optional ingredients could include black olives, bell pepper, jalapeno peppers, avocado or guacamole, or anything else you enjoy on nachos!
If you like your nachos warm, put all the ingredients except the lettuce on an oven-safe plate and heat at 200 F for a few minutes. Add the lettuce once you remove the plate from the oven.
Sometimes I make these the same night I'm making the Corn Bean Avocado Salsa for a family member who doesn't enjoy the cilantro in the other recipe. That way they can have a meal with similar ingredients. Other times I prepare this for the whole family!