Kamush (Mexican tortilla appetizers)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is my rendition of the Kamush that was our favorite appetizer at our favorite local Mexican restaurant, "La Chosa". When it closed, I went into severe withdrawal until I came up with this recipe. The refried beans, cheese, guacamole and sour cream are a must for me, after that, you can personalize. This is great for a crowd, for Superbowl, football games in general or just have it for breakfast! Prep and cook times are very approximate due to personal preference and the fact that I'm usually having a few beers when I fix this and it takes longer.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 fresh corn tortillas or 1 bag of restaurant style tortilla chips
  • salad oil (if using fresh corn tortillas)
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • guacamole (use your favorite recipe or try my Cilantro Guacamole #59429)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 medium tomatoes, diced
  • jalapeno pepper, slices


  1. If using the fresh corn tortillas, cut each into 4 quarters and in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat in about 1/4 inch of hot salad oil, cook tortilla wedges, about 4 at a time, for 30 seconds.
  2. With a slotted spoon, turn the'chips' and cook 30 seconds longer or until golden and crisp.
  3. Remove; drain on paper towels and place in a single layer on a large cookie sheet (or several sheets).
  4. If using store bought restaurant style chips*, place them in an even layer on the cookie sheet.
  5. Heat refried beans in a sauce pan and when they're nice and creamy, shmear a tablespoon or so onto each chip, then sprinkle with a dollop of cheese.
  6. Place into a 350° oven until cheese is melted and just beginning to get bubbly, watch carefully, about 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, and decorate!
  8. Use what you want, I like to place some guacamole on top, then top with a small dollop of sour cream, 3-4 tomato dices with a jalapeno slice right in the middle.
  9. You can also add some habanero salsa at this point-it's very flexible, decorate to taste.
  10. *ifusing store bought chips, which work perfectly well in this recipe, try to buy some that are large and flat and don't let the bag-packer smush your bag of chips!


Most Helpful

I just placed a bunch of chips out on a cookie sheet and randomly placed the refried beans. Followed with the cheese. Topped with guacamole,hot salsa, sour cream, sliced black olives and cilantro.YUMMY!

Rita~ April 20, 2004

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