It’s a Thursday night and you’re watching football. Unfortunately, you have a lot of homework and class tomorrow, which means you probably shouldn’t go to the rager next door and eat your weight in wings. But you don’t necessarily feel like eating stale tortilla chips straight out of the bag, because you’re fancy, huh? So what do you do? Thanks to Dina Cheney’s recipe, you can make some fancy AF nachos right in your dorm microwave.

Nachos With Refried Beans and Avocado

  • Prep Time:2 minutes
  • Cook Time:3 minutes
  • Total Time:5 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup canned refried beans
  • 3 tablespoon salsa
  • 10 tortilla chips, or more if desired
  • 3 tablespoon shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1 teaspoon sour cream, for garnish (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon canned green chilis, for garnish (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon thinly sliced trimmed scallions, for garnish (optional)
  • Step 1

    Spray the inside of a 12-oz. mug with cooking spray.

  • Step 2

    In a small bowl, stir together the beans and salsa.

  • Step 3

    Place half of the chips in the mug and top with a third of the cheese and half of the bean-salsa mixture. Top with the remaining chips, another third of the cheese, and the remaining bean mixture. Top with the remaining cheese.

  • Step 4

    Cover and microwave until most of the cheese melts, about 1 minute. Uncover and microwave until the remainder of the cheese melts, about another 30 seconds. Top with the avocado and other garnishes, and serve with additional chips, if desired.