Monday, March 28, 2011

Ultimate Party Nachos

Everyone loves nachos, but it is important to make sure that there is a good topping to chip ratio so that the chips on the bottom still have something to be dipped in.  I make my nachos with two layers to make sure there is plenty of everything for everyone, and I usually run into the problem of too many toppings and not enough chips!

1/2 bag of your favorite tortilla chips
about half of a small block of cheese, grated
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 avocado, diced into big pieces
1 roma tomato, deseeded and diced
1/2 of a small red onion, diced into small pieces
1/2 can of corn, rinsed and drained
1-2 jalepenos, you can deseed them if you want but I just cut mine into slices
2-3 green onions, diced
about 1 cup of sour cream
about 1 cup of roasted tomatillo salsa, or your favorite salsa
1 lb ground beef
1 tbl vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 lime, juiced
1 tbl chili powder
1/2 tbl smoked paprika
salt and pepper

First thing to do is make the ground beef.  Heat your pan on medium high heat and allow to get very hot, almost till it is smoking.  Add the oil and swirl to coat the pan.  Add your ground beef carefully, there will be some oil splatter, by using your hands to break up the ground beef and dropping it in.  Do not stir immediately, your goal is to get a dark crust, wait for a couple minutes and then season with the cumin, cayenne, coriander, chili powder, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper.  Stir in the seasonings  and let cook undisturbed for a few more minutes.  Remove pan from heat and carefully pour out the excess grease and put back on the heat.

Add the juice of one lime, a trick for limes if they are too hard is to poke a hole with a tooth pick and put them in the microwave for 30 seconds, wait a little while they get pretty hot, and then cut into them.  Finish cooking the ground beef and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Start to build your nachos.  Put a layer of tortilla chips on your cooking tray, I usually layer my tray with tin foil.  Cover the chips with some beans, beef, corn, half the cheese, jalapeno, and onion.  Put another layer of tortilla chips down and add the remaining beef, beans, corn, cheese, jalapeno and onion.  Put your nachos in the oven for about 5-10 minutes, just check and see when the cheese starts to melt.  Add the tomatoes, avocado, and green onion over the top.  In the center put a scoop of your sour cream, and on top of that put a scoop of your salsa.

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