This recipe (not that you need a recipe for making nachos) is pretty much the opposite of that BS recommended diet section of that BS "What To Expect When You're Expecting" book. (Granted, I haven't read the latest version and I'm not gonna.) Now that I'm feeling better, I am back to eating my daily salads again, but really, this baby wants all nachos all the time.
This is the version I've been making at home. If you have a Mexican market with a deli near you, then nacho-making is easy (not that it's hard if you don't), but if you don't just go with grocery store equivalents of everything you see below. Locally, I shop at Mi Pueblo and you can find everything below there.
- 2 lbs of ground beef prepared with two packets of taco seasoning according to package directions
- A bag of thick-cut tortilla chips, preferably freshly made
- A jar of Tostitos nacho cheese with or without salsa added (What? They sell it at the Mexican market, it's "authentic!")
- Shredded Mexican cheese blend (preferably with Asadero cheese included)
- A 12-16 oz container of refried beans (Warm, from the Mexican deli. At Mi Pueblo they are creamy and silky, probably from all that lard. Shhh!)
Preheat broiler until very hot. Scatter chips on a baking tray to cover, letting them overlap, and top with about half the seasoned ground beef and half the refried beans, or as much as you like. Spoon half the jar of nacho cheese over the meat and beans and scatter shredded cheese over all. Place baking tray in oven about 3 inches under broiler and cook nachos until edges of chips start to get lightly brown and cheese melts, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and top individual portions with:
- Crema Mexicana
- Pico de gallo or any other chunky salsa (I use pico de gallo so I don't have to chop tomatoes, onions, and cilantro)
- Avocado salsa or guacamole (I prefer the avocado salsa from Mi Pueblo)
- Chopped green onions
- Sliced olives
- Sliced jalapeños en escabeche
Shovel into your face because it is that good.
Makes enough to serve a hungry family of four for dinner (it's all we eat for dinner sometimes) with enough for seconds (for those who want them: J. and Bunny) and enough ingredients to have leftovers the next day. Which, if you're me, you will want.
So yum, I must show another picture:
P.S. Don't even ask me about Weight Watchers points. I'll worry about that in the Spring of 2011.