Sunday, May 17, 2015

Beefy Nachos

This past week I was trying to think of what I wanted to make for our "Mexican" food (which we typically have once a week). The only problem is I am out of tortillas and tostada shells that I typically use for those meals.  So I thought, "What about nachos?"

Then I found this recipe.

It reminds me a lot of the tostada recipe I use but with chips instead (and quicker).  So I decided to give it a try.

I am happy to report that we have a new "easy go to" recipe!

1 lb browned ground beef (I always use 1.5 because that is how it comes packaged)

1 envelope Taco seasoning (or a homemade version which is what we do)

1 can refried beans (in the future, I will use two...I only had one on hand this time)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 cup cheese (I use a Mexican mix)

Tortilla chips

Optional: Sour cream, salsa, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, olives, etc.

Preheat oven to 400.  

Add taco seasoning to ground beef according to package directions. Since I use homemade seasoning, I just added about 1/2 cup water.  Simmer for just a little bit.

In a casserole dish (or in a cast iron skillet which is what I did), spread the refried beans. 

Sprinkle the onion on top. I also added some cilantro just because I love cilantro.

Spread ground beef on top. 

Bake for 15 minutes.

Top with cheese.

Bake for an additional 5 minutes.

The original recipe suggests tucking the chips around the edges of the mixture for the last 5 minutes but we ended up just putting some of this on our own chips.

Like I said, simple but good.

As you can see, I added avocado, sour cream, and salsa.