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Nachos with Cabbage, Beans, and Cilantro Sauce

These nachos happen to be vegetarian. They also happen to be packed with vegetables, from cilantro to poblano peppers to sweet onion to red cabbage. But truly, all of that is beside the point.

When I make nachos, I play to win. I like powerful flavors, multiple sauces, lots of creaminess and plenty of crunch. I like to balance all of those elements carefully in every bite.

These nachos have got all that, because I've put a lot of thought into them. To say the least. Let's just say that someone who approaches the Super Bowl with even a modicum of interest in the football itself would not be able to compete for nachos mindshare with yours truly. As great minds will tell you, success comes from focusing long and hard on the nachos at hand. Please, taste for yourself—but I'm just sayin'.

All elements can be prepared a few hours in advance and held separately. Reheat beans and cheese sauce over low heat, and assemble nachos, just before serving.

About the author: Carolyn Cope writes Umami Girl and manages a CSA in New Jersey.

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