Dealing with Bad Co-Workers? Make EPIC Smashed Black Bean Nachos!

Gather up those bad coworkers and make these nachos. Work together as a team and come up with some new strategies to work better together. You can go into a board room, kitchen-ette, or someone’s home to bake these yummy nachos. Working together on a common goal (making these nachos) will help your team succeed as well as having a conversation about why the team has not been working, what’s wrong, and how will you fix it.

This recipe has all of that included!

Recipe for: EPIC Smashed Black Bean Nachos


Tortilla chips, enough to fill your baking sheet (about 7 cups)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1 cup black beans from can, rinsed, drained, and mashed
1/3 cup crème fresh

Diced tomatoes
Black olives
Chopped avocado
Chopped cilantro
Jalapeño, cut into slices
Chopped green onion
Sour cream and Salsa


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Write down the numbers 1-10 on separate pieces of paper. 1 number for each member of the team making the nachos. Have everyone draw piece of paper and keep their number private. While making this recipe you must go in order of your numbers and you are not allowed to talk unless you are the one with the number. The catch when it’s your number you’ll be blindfolded. So the blindfolded person who is doing a step is allowed to speak and ask questions to the team, but no one else is allowed to talk unless directly asked a question. You must work together to communicate how to make the recipe. This recipe is written for 9 team mates. Each person will do 1 step. Have more than 9 team mates? Then get cozy and pair up!
  2. Place half of the tortilla chips into baking sheet.
  3. Layer half of the cheddar and pepper jack cheese over the chips.
  4. Drain and rinse black beans and smash with a fork. Top with half of the beans.
  5. Add the remaining chips,
  6. Add cheddar cheese, jack cheese, and the rest of the beans.
  7. Place baking sheet in oven and Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  8. Remove from oven and top with salsa, crème fresh, and avocado.
  9. Add additional toppings of diced tomatoes, black olives, cilantro, jalapeño, green onion, and sour cream. Serve warm!


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At the end of this recipe, everyone eat and enjoy these delicious nachos and process your hard work. This experience probably was not too easy, so I want you all as a team to talk about it. Discuss how it went and talk about who did what and moving forward how the act of making these nachos can improve your team in the future. Process the whole experience!

  1. How was it?
  2. What was most challenging?
  3. What was the easiest part of this recipe?
  4. How can this activity help your team be a better team?