Monday, March 25, 2013


We had this simple nachos recipe from America's Test Kitchen's Family Cookbook, but even though it was super easy, it was delicious and worth posting about.  I love baking corn chips, it gives them such a great texture, and this didn't disappoint.   We all gave it a 9.  The calories for 8 servings were 496/serving, not including garnishes.  High, but delicious :).

Cheesy Nachos with Spicy Beef
2 t vegetable oil
1 onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 T chili powder
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t coriander
1/4 t dried oregano
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/8 t salt
1/2 lb ground beef
8 oz tortilla chips
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (4 c, I used some sharp cheddar, and some cheddar jack)
2 scallions, sliced thinly
avocado, salsa, beans, tomatoes, etc. for garnish

1. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until shimmering.  Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic, spices, and salt.  Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the ground beef and cook, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon, until the beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
2. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 400.  Spread half the chips in an even layer in a 9x13 pan.  Sprinkle half of the beef mixture evenly over the chips and then sprinkle with 2 c of the cheese.  Repeat.  Bake about 9 minutes.  Sprinkle with the scallions, then garnish as desired.

1 comment:

  1. I am surprised the boys did not object to the heat in this with so much cayenne pepper. I would love to do it, but would have to halve the spices or maybe more. Love mom