Thursday, April 16, 2009

Easy Beef Nachos

Layered tortilla chips, with seasoned ground beef, or leftover meats from your BBQ, cheese and topped with all of your favorite nacho toppings - chopped onion, tomatoes, pico, corn, jalapenos, black olives, sour cream, or choose your own favorite toppings.
Layered tortilla chips, with seasoned ground beef, or leftover meats from your BBQ, cheese and topped with all of your favorite nacho toppings - chopped onion, tomatoes, pico, corn, jalapenos, black olives, sour cream, or choose your own favorite toppings.

Easy Beef Nachos

For some reason I have been on a Mexican and/or Latin kick here lately because my dishes seem to all be leaning that way! First, I have been majorly craving a Cuban Sandwich for a month, then I made the Beef Enchilada Casserole, and then I was craving a beef and bean burrito, but I decided to make a Skillet Burrito Dinner the other day. Yesterday, besides a ham and cheese po'boy that I had for lunch, dressed and pressed thank-ya-very-much, I never ever got around to eating a "proper" dinner.

I was busy in the yard, and taking photos, and uploading and writing a gardening post, and The Cajun went off to do his thing, so I just quickly fed him some leftovers. Later, by the time he got home, I had decided I just had to have some nachos! They have been on my mind here lately, so course I had already bought the ingredients, and yes, he helped me eat 'em ... though he doesn't like 'all that junk' {so he says} on his.

I ate the leftovers for breakfast today. Is that just wrong??

So here's a simple throw-together version of beef nachos, in case you are. interested. I've listed the ingredients that I like to use, but of course you should vary those according to your taste. The secret to me, is in the layered baking, so that you get nacho goodness all over. Go make them!

Sometimes a gal just wants a few individual nachos!

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Recipe: Easy Beef Nachos

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 15 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings


For the Taco Seasoning:
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each paprika, cumin, coriander and Creole or Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
For the Nachos:
  • 1 (11 ounce) bag white or yellow corn tortilla chips
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground chuck or leftover cooked bbq meat (see Tip below)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans, warmed
  • 2 cups finely shredded cheese (Mexican blend, cheddar, colby jack, monterey jack, pepper jack)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup sliced pickled jalapenos, optional
  • Optional garnishes: Seeded and chopped fresh tomato or pico de gallo, green onion, chopped fresh cilantro, finely chopped red or yellow onion, additional sliced jalapeno, corn kernels, sliced black olive and sour cream or Greek yogurt.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and set aside. Mix together the taco seasoning ingredients; set aside.

Cook the ground beef until browned, breaking up to desired consistency; drain off excess oil if needed. Add the taco seasoning and water; cook until most of the water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat.

Layer 1/2 of the chips on the pan, top with 1/2 of refried beans, 1/2 of the cooked beef, 1/2 of the salsa and add 1/2 of the cheese. Top with jalapenos, if desired. Repeat layers of the chips, beans, beef and cheese. Bake just until the cheese melts and chips are warmed through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Top with garnishes as desired and serve immediately.

Cook's Note: May substitute a packet of commercial taco seasoning if you prefer.

On the Grill: Preheat grill to medium. Layer nachos in a disposable aluminum foil pan and cover with foil. Place on grill over indirect heat, lower the lid and let cook about 8 to 10 minutes until heated through and cheese has melted.

Tip: Leftover chili, shredded roast, barbecue beef, or pulled chicken or pork are all great substitutes for the ground beef in these nachos!

Slow Cooker Chicken for Nachos: Add 3/4 cup water to bottom of 6 quart slow cooker. Add 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, in a single layer, to a 6 quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with the taco seasoning and top with salsa. Cover and cook under tender and shredding, about 3 hours. Shred and set aside. Prepare nachos as above, substituting the chicken in layering.

Buffalo Chicken Nachos: Toss 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken with taco seasoning (if not already seasoned as in slow cooker recipe above). Melt 1/4 cup butter and stir in 1/3 cup hot sauce and 1/4 cup blue cheese salad dressing. Add chicken, toss to coat and proceed with layering and baking as above. Drizzle finished nachos with additional blue cheese salad dressing.

Shrimp Nachos: Toss 1 pound shrimp with taco seasoning. Heat 1 tablespoon cooking oil in a large skillet, add shrimp and cook, stirring often, for about 3 to 4 minutes until pink in color and cooked through. Add to chips topped with cheese sauce below.

Nacho Cheese Sauce: To prepare a cheese sauce instead, add 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted. Cook for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in 1 cup of whole milk until well blended, then add 2 cups shredded cheddar, a little at a time, until blended in. Add additional milk as needed for desired consistency. Pour sauce over chips and top with meat and toppings.

Totchos: Arrange extra-crispy tater tots on a rimmed baking sheet and bake according to package directions. Top tater tots with meat and cheeses as above and bake until cheese is melted.


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  1. looks great. (sigh) I'm am such a visual eater...cuz now this is all I can think about. Nachos!

  2. I just love that black bean and corn salsa, too! I almost had a 'come-apart' when I couldn't find it on the chip aisle anymore at my wal-mart - they had moved it to the 'ethnic' foods aisle.

  3. Awe the birds are so pretty! I would love having them come to visit me. My family would love these beef nachos!

  4. Sorry about that Debbie! My Hubs is the same way - when he sees a commercial for something he starts craving it! A marketing dream!!

    I know Amanda, I just love that stuff. And I like the price too!

    Hey Bunny! I enjoy the birds. The doves come every morning and every evening like clockwork, the rest are kinda sporadic, but if they don't show up I start worrying over 'em!

  5. Mmmm I am a huge nacho fan!! I could seriously eat nachos every day LOL When Taco Bell had nachos inside a taco salad shell I about went nuts ;) Taco salad shells from Taco Bell ROCK!

  6. Stopping by from SITs..

    Those nachos look amazing! Yum.

  7. OH--a painted bunting. I would love to see one of those in my yard. I love to see how many birds I can get to come to my yard. We have eastern bluebirds that nest here. I love Mexican casseroles--we have a chicken one often. Nachos are one of our favorites--I'll have to make some soon--I seem to forget about them for some reason. Thanks for the reminder. Sheila

  8. Hi Shelia! Thanks for stopping by and especially for letting know what that bird was - a Painted Bunting! This is the first time that I have ever since that type of bird here. I'm not sure if the blue birds are "bluebirds" or not LOL! They're kinda skittish and fly off at the slightest movement. They are out there right now - dozens of them! I've got two different types of woodpeckers visitin' too - it's so exciting to me, but I am easily entertained these days LOL. :)

  9. Mary,
    The blue bird in the picture with the painted bunting looks like an indigo bunting to me--there is one other blue bird that looks like an indigo bunting but the name escapes me right now. We have had a northern flicker, a couple of red belly woodpeckers and downy or hairy--I get them mixed up--in our yard lately. We seem to have so many more birds this year but we have also had more rain this year than any other since we moved here. Sorry to be so long--I love birds and could talk about them all day long. I guess I am easily entertained too---but I love birds and animals of all kinds. Sheila in NC

  10. Thanks Sheila! I think you are right. I'm wondering if that is what all of the baby blue birds are too. They were here yesterday afternoon - there are at least 20 of them! I've also had 2 woodpeckers other than the usual red headed one that I've seen out here before. They are similar but different so I'm thinking the Downy or the Hairy too - maybe one of each?? They just move too fast up and around the other side of the tree, for me to get a good look at them.

    I just cannot believe the variety of birds showing up this spring. Up in a pine tree right next door is a Yellow Crowned Night Heron. She was there last year in that nest (much to my neighbor's despair because of their practice of regurgitation directly on their deck underneath) and gave birth to 5 babies, 3 of which survived and are back with her, delivering the twigs for the nest. Their wing span is so wide that they sound like helicopters when they take off and arrive at the nest. They fly pretty low over my backyard too so I'm very watchful over my little puppy lest they think he is dinner! I feel that they are eyeing him up at times, yikes!!

  11. You have such pretty colorful birds! Wow! We don't have any squirrels in our neighborhood yet, which I am thankful of! Our neighborhood is only about 10 years old and the trees aren't very big yet..

  12. Yeah, I live in an older section of the subdivision so we are loaded with trees. Lots of oaks. Lots of leaves in the spring. Despite that, I do love the trees. You should hear the birds - sometimes it sounds like I'm in the middle of an aviary! The squirrels come along with it. Oh and I have 2 raccoons that visit at night. That'll be a challenge with the garden.


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