Today I'm going to show you how to make Irish nachos. Yes, I know that nachos are also not Irish, but I ate these for the first time in an Irish pub in New York City while drinking Guinness with my Irish best friend and his dad. That's Irish enough for me. (Plus, I really, really like nachos.)
If they still don't boast enough of an Irish pedigree for you, consider that they involve potatoes. So, well, there you go.
To make Irish nachos, start off by heating some chips (a.k.a. "steak fries") in the oven of your choice. I buy frozen chips, so they take about 20 minutes to get good and crispy on the outside.
In my heart of hearts, I believe that toaster ovens were designed for nachos. I dare you to prove me wrong.
While the chips are cooking, heat whatever kind of bean you like best. I'm partial to black beans.
Next, prepare your cilantro, cheese, and salsa. So far, this meal is even vegetarian!
When the chips and beans are good and hot, put everything together. And you're done!
If you're not inclined to eat this as a vegetarian meal, feel free to throw on another protein. I usually use chicken, but I had some leftover sausage from the Irish Stew I made.
Note: This dish is best served with a pint of Guinness on a rainy day.