We all love nachos; you can create a platter of cheesy-goodness in less than 15 minutes that is great for sharing. So that’s why if you’re going to make nachos for a few friends, they better be the best nacho’s they have ever had – or else, what’s the point? On account of November 6 being World Nachos Day, we’re going to share our recipe so that you can beef up for your nacho platter for the perfect girl’s night in, game night or a fiesta for four.
You will need:
Pico de Gallo:
- Four ripe tomatoes; chopped into small cubes
- One jalapeño pepper; finely chopped
- One white onion; finely chopped
- ¼ of cilantro; finely chopped
- One pound of ground meat (beef, chicken or turkey)
- A packet of taco seasoning
- A can of black beans
- One white onion; chopped
- One tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flower
- 2 cups of milk
- 2 ½ cups of shredded pepper jack cheese
- Two bags of corn tortilla chips (we suggest getting two different colours/flavours)
Additional toppings to consider:
- Sour cream
- Chopped scallions
- Chopped black olives
- Sliced avocado dressed in lemon juice
- Hot pepper (banana pepper)
1. Arrange your variety of corn chips on a very large platter.
2. Combine pico de gallo ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
3. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and onions to the pan and sauté for 2 minutes, then add meat and crumble it with spoon. Season the meat with taco packet seasoning. Cook meat for 5 minutes and then stir in beans. Reduce heat to low until you’re ready for platting.
4. In a medium sauce pot melt butter and add flour to it. Cook flour and butter for 1 to 2 minutes over moderate heat and then whisk in milk. Once the milk starts to bubble stir in the cheese. Remove cheese sauce from the heat as soon as it’s all in – very important!
5. Pour cheese sauce evenly over the spread of chips and top evenly with beef and beans and the pico de gallo. Serve and enjoy!
What makes these nachos so super is that you can boast to your friends that you made the salsa (or pico de gallo because that sounds way more fancy) and the cheese sauce (no processed food here). Plus, you can add additional toppings that your friends may have never thought of adding to their nacho platter.