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Is anyone truly perfect? The jingle-loving king of the animals certainly thinks so. That is, until he meets a skateboarding, nacho-loving, piglet with a pomegranate-related secret.

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Make some nachos to share! You can follow along with Rita's special recipe below:

Sweet and Savory Nachos
Recipe by Jennifer Stempel


  • 2 cups finely diced butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup of fire roasted corn (If you're using frozen corn, be sure to thaw it out before you make this recipe).
  • 1 15oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 12 ounce bag of tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • On a sheet pan coated with cooking spray, add the butternut squash, olive oil, salt and pepper, and using your hands, toss to coat
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until the squash is fork-tender
  • In a medium bowl, add the corn, beans, and softened butternut squash
  • Sprinkle the taco seasoning over your mixture then toss to coat
  • Using the sheet pan from before, spread half of the bag of chips in a single layer across the pan
  • Top the chips with half of the corn, bean, and squash mixture
  • Add 1 cup of cheese
  • Repeat using the rest of the ingredients
  • Broil your nachos for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese melts and chips turn slightly brown
  • Serve with toppings of your choice (a few of our favorites are listed below

Rita's favorite nacho toppings

Sour cream
Pico de Gallo or other salsa
Shredded lettuce
Diced tomatoes
Sliced avocado
Pickled jalapeno
Black olives
Fresh cilantro leaves
Green onions
Radish slices

TIP: Set up a toppings bar so that each diner can choose their favorite toppings

If you liked this story, you’ll love one of these books:

Piggy Piglet's story of cunning and pomegranates is based on a midrash by the Baal Shem Tov, an extraordinary Jewish thinker and leader. You can even find similarly inspired stories in the following PJ Library and PJ Our Way books:

Cheesecake for Shavuot
Kopecks for Blintzes


Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian
Story editor: Alan Silberberg
Written by: Petey Gibson


Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Piglet: Gwen D'Angelo
Rooster: Tau Zaman of the Whisper Forge
King Lion: Walter Alice Sickert
The Chickens: Deirdre Wade
Monkey: Peter Moore