Nachos w/ Pickled Chili Chimichurri

June 10, 2015

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I wish I could give each one of you a big thank-you-squeeze for all of your comments regarding my triumph in the health department (which I wrote about in my last post). This blogosphere community is one of the greatest, and it feels so special to be apart of – to share both triumphs and woes. Thankfully my good news from last week still stands. I’m feeling more incredible each day, and this healing has taken me beyond what I believed “well” to mean in the past. More details to come soon, but mega big hugs to all of you now for being my cheerleaders. It means the world.

But wait – there is even more to be thankful for and celebrate (!!!), can you believe it? I can’t! Editor’s Choice for “Best New Voice” at the Saveur Blog Awards this last week. On my birthday. In New York City. YOU GUYS. STOP IT. What happened? I think I blacked out those three days in the Big Apple. Overwhelmed by all the incredible bloggers surrounding me, on top of the amazing team at Saveur, and all of the experts they gathered to share pieces of their success with us. It felt like I was in a dream. But I woke up this morning and there was the Le Creuset pepper grinder sitting on my kitchen counter with the tag tied to it reading, “Best New Voice – Faring Well.” It happened. It all happened. Thank you for following, reading, commenting, encouraging, and sharing life with me over these past seven months as Faring Well has grown to be something someone would consider worthy of such an award. You guys are the best and deserve the biggest plate of thank-you-nachos! Is that a thing? It should be.

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These nachos were born from a taste of the best pickled chilies I’ve ever had. MM Local consistently blows me away with the quality of their products, and these chilies were no different. Scott and I went walking around our farmers market one rainy morning and sampled a corn chip that made me seriously question whether or not embarrassing him was worth holding back from shoving my face with every last chip in the sample bowl. I decided to spare him and buy a bag. A bunch of parsley, cilantro, and one gorgeous heirloom tomato later – and it was nacho time. I had been getting this itch to make chimichurri, and once I tasted those chilies I knew they were destined for a big green batch of the good stuff. After seeing Sprouted Kitchen have a big time light-bulb-moment and toss sliced avocado with their chimichurri I knew I had to give it a try! The result? Magical. Amazing. Nacho heaven. Cumin-seasoned black beans give you a boost of protein and fiber while the tomato and green onion keep it fresh. The clouds parted, the sun shone (despite my dislike for shooting in sunlight) and these nachos were devoured with the happiest of faces. Now go put on your happy face and make a plate of these nachos! Or eat a plate and then put on a happy face. Whichever. Eat nachos.

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This post was sponsored by MM Local Foods. All opinions are my own, and I think their products rock. Thank you for supporting Faring Well by supporting it’s sponsors! Show them some love here.

Makes 2 servings.

Tid-bits: If you cannot get ahold of these delicious pickled chilies, feel free to replace with a minced chili of your choice. You can then replace the pickling liquid with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.

1 bunch parsley stems removed, leaves chopped
1 bunch cilantro stems removed, leaves chopped
1 large garlic clove
2 tablespoons pickled hot chilies
2 tablespoons pickling liquid
1 tablespoon cold pressed olive oil
juice from half a lemon
salt & pepper to taste

2 ripe avocados

blackbeans cooked, rinsed, and drained
salt & ground cumin to taste

fresh chopped tomato
sliced green onions

THE BEST organic, non-GMO corn chips you can find

Blend the chimichurri ingredients together in a food processor. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Slice the avocados into 1 inch chunks (skins and pits removed) and toss with the chimichurri in a bowl. Mix the black beans with salt and ground cumin, taste and adjust as needed.

Top a plate of corn chips with the seasoned black beans, fresh chopped tomato, a few scoops of the chimichurri coated avocado, and sliced green onions. DIG IN.

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  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan June 10, 2015 at 7:25 am

    I’ve never made chimichurri (what the whaaa?!), but I have all of these things in my fridge, so I think it’s high time I do! Congrats on the award lady, you totally deserve it. Your work is amazing and I hope to get my pictures to look half as good as yours someday :)

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Yes yes yes! It’s so easy and basically a Mexican pesto, so you can only win – so good! And thank you so so much for the congrats, you are the sweetest and your photos are gorgeous so stop it right now! <3

  • Reply Grace June 10, 2015 at 7:49 am

    So many things to celebrate and these nachos are the perfect way keep this party going! Just gorgeous, Jessie – styling, pictures, everything! Congratulations friend!

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 7:42 am

      Ah thank you so much Grace, your praise means the world – I gain so much inspiration from you! Hope you are having the loveliest of weeks <3

  • Reply Sam @ SugarSpunRun June 10, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Congratulations on your award, it is clearly well deserved :)
    This dish looks spectacular.

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 7:45 am

      Thank you so much Sam! I’m crazy honored and appreciate you following along and taking the time to write me <3 and thank you for the nacho love!

  • Reply Anna June 10, 2015 at 8:30 am

    chimichurri is one of my favorite sauces yumm so tasty

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Right?! Its basically Mexican pesto. The best.

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High June 10, 2015 at 8:47 am

    OMG, these look so delicious. Seriously, your photos make me feel like these are right there, sitting in front of me. Love, love, love.

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Ah Michelle! Way to make me blush – thank you friend! <3

  • Reply betty | le jus d'orange June 10, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Ah, so many congratulations Jessie!!! So well deserved – I mean, especially if you are thanking us with these pickled chili chimichurri avocado nachos? I’ll gladly take some. I’ve been on a huge pickling/fermentation kick… and wow, you’ve given me some inspiration!!!!

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Yes! Lots of thank-you-nachos for you! You’re the kindest Betty, thanks for all the congrats and love and encouragement! Hope you get to make some of this yummy green goodness soon :)

  • Reply Caitlin June 10, 2015 at 9:31 am

    congratulations, lady. i was 100% certain you would win, no doubt in my mind. you are quite extraordinary the way you charged onto the scene and had everyone fall in love with you. you deserve it. a million hugs to you, jessie.

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Gosh I wish I had the confidence in myself like you had for me – you have been the greatest cheerleader this entire time Caitlin! I so appreciate you!

  • Reply Shanna June 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

    YAY!! Congratulations and so much fun!! I’m so happy that you won, so so happy.

    Also, so happy – when I saw this recipe in my inbox this morning I just about died. In a really good way – of course. The kind of joyous taste excitement, I love chimichurri . Just saying the word, reading the word, even, is like the most explosive flavor bomb and one that I was more than happy to receive this morning.

    Much MUCH love and praise! xx

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Shanna! This comment made MY morning. Thank you! So much excitement <3 and thank you thank you thank you on all your congrats and support! You rule!

  • Reply Lisa Smith June 10, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    No one deserves it more!

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Aw thank you sweet momma! I love you!

  • Reply Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life June 10, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Congratulations on your win! And I’m so glad you are feeling better! I have chronically low iron, so your symptoms sound incredibly familiar to me. I’m always surprised that a few weeks after my infusion I feel ‘well’ again and it feels SO good. I’m glad you are back to well again :)
    These nachos are going to rock my world, I just know. I cannot wait to make them, and eat them while binge watching season 3 of Orange is the New Black. So many guilty pleasures :)

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 7:56 am

      That is so confirming/reassuring to me to hear you say that because I have so far been diagnosed with anemia! So that is very fitting. Excited to finally have something to treat and begin to feel well again. So sorry for your chronic low iron, but glad there is a treatment that gets you feeling healthy and well again!

      Plus, I love your style ;) rock these nachos so good with your season 3 binge sesh! Hope its awesome!

  • Reply Hannah | The Swirling Spoon June 10, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    So so soo well deserved! Mega congrats. It’s fantastic to hear that you are still feeling good. It’s brave to talk about these things on such a public forum. To get so much support from your readers is so lovely!!!
    Those tomatoes look so rugged and gorgeous!

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 7:57 am

      The support and response is just out of this world amazing, Hannah, I am so thankful for you and everyone who stops by my space here and contributes! Its such a gift to be here! And thank you for the tomato love – they are beauts for sure! <3

  • Reply Amanda | Pickles & Honey June 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Awww, so so happy for you! It’s so great when things seem to fall into place. And those CHIPS?! Whoa.

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Thank you Amanda :) and I know right?! CRUNCH heaven.

  • Reply Virpi @ Vanelja June 11, 2015 at 2:48 am

    mmm… nachos. and “mmm” especially for your chimichurri! looks super delicious! and the funny thing is i just came from the shop with almost all of these ingredients with me, so i take it as a sign to try this recipe right away! thank you! <3

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 8:06 am

      Thank you so much Virpi! I’m so flattered you stopped by here and wrote me! <3 And I think that is a sure sign you were destined for some chimichurri today :) hope you get to make some and enjoy!!

  • Reply Becca | Spices and Spatulas June 11, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Well, now I know what I’m making for dinner tonight! Beautiful photos too. And CONGRATS on the Saveur award– a truly well deserved win!!

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 8:06 am

      You are the sweetest Becca thank you tons! Super appreciate it, and hope you got to have some of these nachos for dinner! <3

  • Reply Kathryn June 11, 2015 at 6:28 am

    I think I need to get in on this pickled chili action – I’m all over that. And congrats again on all the excitement that this season is bringing you. Here’s to the rest of the summer continuing to give you such joy!

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Yes, yes you do – so good Kathryn! I want to scoop them on everything. And thank you, I’m so overwhelmed with joy and gratitude, it has all been the greatest blessing! Here is to your summer being as bright and wonderful too!! <3

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full June 11, 2015 at 7:20 am

    I LOVE the colors of spring produce. Those tomatoes are so beautifully red!! To me, that really makes the strongest case for seasonal, local ingredients. Tomatoes just taste so much better when they’re in season!

    And also – a HUGE congratulations on winning your Saveur award!! It was very very deserved :)

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Right?! Getting me even more excited for the heaps that will be coming this summer! And thank you so crazy much for the congrats, you rule! <3

  • Reply Alexa June 11, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Your nachos look glorious! I think I’ll have to make them for a park picnic this weekend.

    And the most heartfelt congrats on your Saveur award! I’ve been following you for a while now, and you more certainly deserve it! I recently started a food blog, and seeing the warmth of the blogger community has also been a huge inspiration. Thanks for doing what you do :)

    Also, I’d love to share your gorgeous strawberry milkshake recipe for a seasonal round-up on my blog! I don’t think I’ll ever be tired of strawberry season…

    • Reply Faring Well June 16, 2015 at 11:14 am

      You are just the kindest Alexa, thank you so much! And of course you can share a photo + link to the recipe for the round up! Thanks for including me. Excited for you and your blog and am so glad you connected with me here <3 hope you're having the best week!

  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams June 11, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Damn lady, those are THE MOST beautiful tomatoes I ever did see! This post totally inspired dinner tonight — steak tacos smothered in chimichurri, avo and beauty tomatoes. YUM, thank you! x

    • Reply Faring Well June 16, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Right on! Nice work! Glad to have inspired you :) and I know right?! Those tomatoes were so legit. Yay summer!

  • Reply Ingrid - For the Love of Pie June 12, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Just the recipe I needed Jessie! Perfect for the warm weather we have right now in my country. And on you award win: I am so so happy for you. Scott must be so proud too.

    Much love!

    • Reply Faring Well June 16, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Aw thanks Ingrid, he was so pumped! And I know right, with the heat starting now I’m all about anything that doesn’t require cooking!

  • Reply renee (will frolic for food) June 12, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    this sounds and looks delicious! totally inspiring me, girl!

    • Reply Faring Well June 16, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Aw thanks Renee! You’re so sweet!

  • Reply lynsey | lynseylovesfood June 13, 2015 at 6:46 am

    You are such a crazy talent!! love this recipe and these photos. big love on Saveur and all you have accomplished. xo

    • Reply Faring Well June 16, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Bah Lynsey you are way too nice! Thank you! I’m so stoked you enjoy this space and am super thankful for your follow/friendship <3 hope you are doing super well!

  • Reply Katie | Spiced with Sky June 13, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Congratulations! I am completely unsurprised that you’ve won this year’s award; I always look forward to your writing and photography on this blog.
    These nachos look so delicious — full of fresh produce, spring flavours, and a variety of textures. Everything about it (and your blog) is perfect :)

    • Reply Faring Well June 16, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Goodness! Thank you Katie! That is just too cool. You are making my day (and my cheeks turn red) so thank YOU! <3

  • Reply joan June 14, 2015 at 4:33 am

    Congratulations. So very cool!
    I am back home and heading to the Farmer’s Market this morning. Can’t wait to see what they have!

    • Reply Faring Well June 16, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Yay! Hope you had a great time at the market and that it was full of yummy produce for you :)

  • Reply Rebeca June 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Huge congratulations, Jessie! So very deserved. And I’m so glad you’re feeling better. Hope you keep feeling more amazing every day.

    Oh, and these nachos? I woke up at today at 2 pm after a crazy day that ended way too late feeling I HAD to make this chimichurri. Oh my, it was delicious! So much delicious flavour. I predict an obsession ;)

    (PS – I love your shoes!)

    • Reply Faring Well June 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Oh my goodness me too and thank you so crazy much – it has been such a great gift! And no way that is awesome! So so glad you loved the chimichurri, I think we are going to become obsessed as well. <3 (And thanks for the shoe love!)

  • Reply Renee Kemps June 16, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    YAY FOR WINNING! You totally deserve it, I absolutely love your blog. It’s sad that our NYC adventure is now over, but is truly was amazing. Can’t wait to see you again some day (:

    • Reply Faring Well June 19, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Same to you Renee! It was just the best meeting you and I think you’re INCREDIBLE. Cannot wait to see you again someday too! <3

  • Reply Emilie@ The Clever Carrot June 17, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    All you had to say was ‘pickled.’ I eat pickled jalapeños out of the jar ;) I’ll take some of this with that strawberry milkshake, please.

    PS- you are a star. HUGE congrats on your achievement. It was fabulous meeting you in person! xo

    • Reply Faring Well June 19, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Pickled jalapeños are SO GOOD. I don’t blame you. Those would be amazing in here too. Especially with a milkshake to wash it down, I like where you’re head is at! And thank you so crazy much for the congrats. You are the sweetest and meeting you was so great! xo

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