Apr 26, 2009

Taco Nachos

Last week's Weekly Menu didn't go quite as planned. I sort of fizzeled out by the end of the week because I had a horrible headache one day and DH just brought home some take out, and the next day he needed to cook something he purchased the previous weekend to avoid spoiling. So instead of using the ground beef I defrosted for Sloppy Joe Bake and instead of using the fresh Salsa and Sour Cream for the Salsa Chicken, I used those ingredients for last night's dinner and made my husbands AWESOME taco meat, which I turned into
Taco Nachos

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • taco seasoning package
  • water
  • fresh salsa
  • sharp cheddar, shredded
  • sour cream
  • tortilla chips (we used multi-grain with 30% less fat than regular and they were really good!)
  1. Follow directions of taco seasoning package by browning ground beef, draining, adding taco seasoning and water and bringing to simmer.
  2. Rather than serve after 7 minutes or whatever the package says, keep cooking it so that the meat dries out a bit.
  3. Add about 1/2 a cup of fresh salsa and keep cooking. If it seems dry even after adding the salsa, add some water.
  4. Keep cooking until it become a bit dry and add some water and cook the shit out of it (on high, stirring occassionally) until it becomes dry. In all honesty, we cook our meat for about an hour on the stove top and I'm telling you, it's so, so, SO worth it!
  5. Preheat oven to 425.
  6. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  7. Add tortilla chips so that it covers the sheet.
  8. Sprinkle a handful or two of shredded cheddar onto the naked chips.
  9. Cover the chips and cheese with the meat, trying to cover all the chips and the chips only.
  10. Sprinkle a handful of shredded cheddar on top of the meat.
  11. Pop in oven for only a couple minutes.
  12. Take out and serve on plate with a big gob of sour cream (and any other fixings - more salsa, olives, onions - you like).
You can certainly ease up a bit on the ground beef and chips if you'd like to serve as an appetizer or snack, but since this was our meal, I piled on the entire pound of ground beef in the pictures shown. Mmmmm, a simple recipe that's a little time consuming but really so, so worth it!

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