Is everyone still pumped about football season? I’m guessing that depends on how your team fared in week one…or how much fun you had at the big get-together. For those who need something besides your team to keep you happy while watching the game this weekend, check out these nachos.
This is more of a nacho strategy than a recipe. It’s a fool-proof method for a one-pan wonder that you can pop in the oven, pull out in 15 minutes, and plop down on the coffee table in front of your hungry friends.
When I’m making nachos for a crowd, I like to do all of the prep work hours before, or even the night before, I plan on serving them. Brown and season your ground beef, chop the tomatoes, shred your cheese; that’s the kind of stuff you can get done in advance. And while we’re talking about cheese, please don’t buy the stuff that comes already shredded. They coat that cheese in something that keeps it from sticking together in the plastic bag, which also keeps it from melting properly. Plus, you get a much better bang for your buck if you buy your cheese in block-form.
When it’s almost time to eat, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up, and then cover the sheet with a single layer of tortilla chips. Top chips with the ingredients you would want to eat warm, like refried beans, ground beef, green chiles, and lots and lots of cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and melted and the chips are starting to brown on the edges. Remove from the oven and top with the cold toppings like tomatoes, sour cream, and guacamole.
Ever since I started doing nachos like this instead of a build-your-own nachos bar, I’ve really enjoyed them so much more. There’s something to be said for using warm tortilla chips as the base. They keep everything else warm and it’s an all around yummier experience.
Give these a shot this weekend and let me know what you think. Have fun with the toppings and let me know what combination you come up with, I would love to hear from you!
Oven-Baked Nachos (my version)
1 lb. ground beef
taco seasoning packet
1 can vegetarian refried beans
1 can fire roasted green chiles
2 avocados (combine with lime for quick guacamole)
4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
8 oz. block cheddar cheese, shredded
8 oz. block Monterrey jack cheese
(See directions in blog)