February 22, 2010

Ready for National Tortilla Chip Day

I’m so serious, too.


Perhaps you weren’t aware that February 24th is National Tortilla Chip Day, but I am, and lucky for you I have come up with a cracker (Monterey) jack recipe with which to celebrate. And in advance, no less! So I’m checking in tonight to post this recipe, lest the holiday pass us by without me making my homage public. Perish the thought!

Of course, snacking on chips and salsa/guacamole is a perfectly acceptable way to acknowledge National Tortilla Chip Day, but I’m thinking outside the bag. Historically, one of my favorite uses for tortilla chips has been to pick at a nice gooey plate of nachos, but things like cheese and ground beef are scarce chez moi these days. Instead, I find myself thinking…to myself…that I love cornbread, I love pie and I love tortilla chips. I’m gonna make it happen…all at once.


Nacho Pie (Vegan)


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa
  • 1 oz (1 serving-ish) tortilla chips, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Grease a 9-inch round baking dish or pie plate and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, black beans, chili powder and nutritional yeast.
  3. Pour in the milk, applesauce and salsa. Stir until just combined.
  4. Pour batter into your baking dish and top with crushed tortilla chips.
  5. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked in the middle of the pie.

Serves 4-6


Definitely top your slice with plenty of guacamole if at all possible—it’s a fairly amazing combination.


This is nacho mama’s chips and salsa, that’s for sure, but methinks I wouldn’t be much of a food blogger if I’d gone out and bought chips and salsa from the store and expected you to be inspired. Just try and tell me you don’t want to celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day now!

(…words I didn’t ever expect to type…in that order…ever…)


And what’s a celebration without a visit from the booze fairy? PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, in this case.


(Thank you for this free sample, Kathe!)

Mixologist I am not, that’s for darn sure, but something I am? A cheap date.


I poured a half-ounce of PAMA into a champagne flute, filled it the rest of the way with seltzer and added a squeeze of fresh lime. Fortunately, the mass quantities of cornmeal in my belly prevented me from catching a buzz off of the whole half-ounce of booze in this drink, so I was able to enjoy it as a tart, fruity complement to my spicy slice of nacho pie.

I have to admit, National Tortilla Chip Day will likely go down in history as one of the more bizarre food events I’ll ever celebrate, but then again, it’s nacho average holiday in the first place, is it?

How would you celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day?


Mom said...

Nacho average holiday? That's a double groaner, you little punster. The casserole looks great.

Mama Pea said...

Love that your mom was the first comment, and only to razz you.

I've been on a guac kick lately. With some juicer pulp crackers. Guac makes even dried hot garbage taste good (expect to see this same sentence in a post some time tomorrow).

Anonymous said...

LOL your mom reads your blog? that is so cool! and i agree, you are a little punster, double groaner. yum, chips! i'm a guac girl all the way. i have some in my fridge, yes!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

wow it's awesome that MOM reads the blog. Mine won't read mine. She doesnt get it. At all. I'm like mom, couldnt you be one of the 2300 people per day who stopped by? But no. Whole differnt (difficult) topic tangent but i digress.

BAck to you!
"Mixologist I am not, that’s for darn sure, but something I am? A cheap date."
Oh lord girl i got sent a sample of that & forgot about it. I need to get on it, huh. I think one swig and ill be down for the count. BAck in the day, I was a lush. Now, a drink would do me in LOL

Erica said...

ummmmmm this looks delicious- and I just may have all the ingredients on hand. Tortilla chip obsessed? Little bit! This may be my new favorite holiday

Sophie @ yumventures said...

LOVE tortilla chips -- thanks for letting my know that I must celebrate tomorrow!! Your pie looks awesome =)

katherine said...

Um, I think we should extend the celebration of this fine holiday throughout the entire weekend!

Katie ♥ said...

I want to celebrate National Tortilla Chip day with you and that nacho pie!!!!!!!!!

Looks amazing!!! You are always creating delicious things!!!

Love ya!!! xoxo

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Nacho pie! WHAT?! GIMME THAT.

Love your mom's comment. :)

Mo Diva said...

My my my!
I think im going vegan and having you cook for me.
I love your recipes!

I actually nuked some tortilla chips with cheese and called it nachos last ngiht- dont tell anyone

Nutritious Foodie said...

I didn't know today is a tortilla soup day

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

Hmm, yesterday was National Margarita Day. Think I should combine the two! ;-)

BroccoliHut said...

Ah man! Thanks for the heads up. Although I generally only eat tortilla chips as a means to shovel copious amounts of guac into my mouth, maybe I'll celebrate with a little tortilla soup tomorrow.

sophia said...

Can I celebrate it with YOu?!!! holy crap, Diane!!! That looks freaking amazing!!! I don't even like tortilla chips, but this just sounds rockin'!!!

Gabriela said...

I just bookmarked this! Oh my god, looks amazing! Cheesy things (not cheese...just stuff like pizza and, obviously, nachos) is the only thing I miss since cutting out most dairy. This is perfect, thanks so much for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the giggles. I fully celebrated national pancake day today so I think it's only appropriate that I celebrate national tortilla chip day as well...

bulbqueen said...

What "Mom" said...
...it's nacho cheese, either! :-)

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Dominique said...

I love your puns. I can't get enough of 'em. As soon as I get me some nutritional yeast, I'm going to celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day, even if it is a little belated.