We recently had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Louesa Roebuck (author of Foraged Flora) and Curtis Fletcher in their Ojai oasis — and it was one of those days you never forget. Between sifting through Louesa’s art, watching her make art, and admiring her garden, it would be impossible not to mention one of the most memorable parts — the lunch Louesa made us.
Let us introduce you to Louesa’s ‘Hippie Nachos.’ When we say these nachos are insanely good, we mean it wholeheartedly. They are so simple to make (we now make them regularly, too) and anyone can do it. The best part? All of Louesa’s recipes are meant to be loosely followed and/or inspired by and never taken too literally.
Here’s a little background on how this delicious recipe came into our lives. Louesa and Curtis spent years commuting between LaLa Land to Stinson Beach (almost weekly), and on these long meditative, happy drives, they would stop and get roadside nachos. Perfect road trip food, as they recall. They spontaneously began making ‘hippie nachos’ with yummier organic, local, seasonal ingredients. It’s totally high brow / low brow… and now it’s their “thing.” In their Ojai home, they frequently make them when they get home from the Ojai Farmers Market on Sundays, or if they have friends over for cocktails.
What we can promise you is that this recipe will be your next go-to hostess dish that you’ll casually whip up without breaking a sweat. Take your own approach to it and have some fun, maybe even have it in a garden like Louesa did for us. Pair the nachos with a simple green salad and call it lunch.
Our last parting words, which we’ve learned from Louesa over years of knowing her, is to source your products locally and use what’s in season to doctor up your nachos. Not only does it make everything taste a little better, it’s does wonders for our beautiful earth. To learn more about Louesa, check out our interview with her, she’s as incredible and fascinating as it gets.
Organic Goat Cheddar, Jack, or Sharp Cheese
Organic Refried Beans
Organic Spring Onion, Chopped
Organic Garlic, Coarsely Chopped
Organic Cilantro, Chopped
Jalapeños (picked or fresh)
Ground chipotle and/or ancho organic peppers
Butter, Ghee and/or olive oil