Pioneer Dad’s Super Nachos Recipe

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Pioneer Dad serves this tasty super nacho recipe on game nights or any other night when “the party is on”. It does require some prep time for the fresh baked tortilla chips. But the results are worth it.

Double or triple the recipe and it will satisfy large groups of your family, kids and hungry neighbors. Super Nachos make a delicious side dish or serve it as a main dish for lunch or dinner.

These super nachos are so addictive there are seldom any leftovers for the next day. Think of this as the “south of the border” replacement for pizza parties.

With meat, vegetables, fruit and dairy: it’s a balanced meal in every bite. Add refried beans, Albondigas soup or a side salad and it becomes a memorable feast.

After one bite, I guarantee your guests will demand this super nachos recipe.

Prep Time: 20 min.
Cooking Time: 25 min.
Total time: 45 min.
Serves: 4

1. Ingredients

1 Dozen tortillas
1 Head of lettuce
1 lb. of mild cheddar or jack cheese
6 red tomatoes, chopped
6 Tbs. olive oil
1 lb. of hamburger
1/2 chopped onion
1 Tbs. flour
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. paprika
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. ground oregano

2. Instructions

Slice the 12 tortillas in half, then into 1” strips. Pour 6 Tbs. of olive oil into a plastic zip lock bag and add the tortilla strips. Shake well to coat the tortilla strips. Arrange on an oven safe tray with a wire rack and lightly salt. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until light brown and crispy.

Combine all remaining seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

In large skillet, brown 1 pound ground beef and chopped onion until crumbly. Drain off the fat. Add spices & seasonings plus 2/3-cup water; mix thoroughly. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook uncovered for 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until sauce has thickened.

To plate: spoon meat onto warmed tortilla strips. Top with shredded lettuce, grated cheddar cheese and chopped tomato. Add garnish of fresh salsa, hot sauce, sour cream or guacamole as desired.

3. Tips and variations

Lining the oven tray with aluminum foil makes cleanup a lot easier.

Add a package of Cacique® pork chorizo (12-15 oz.) to the ground beef for more complex flavor. It will add slightly more heat to the nachos.

For a less spicy version, reduce the cayenne pepper to ¼ tsp.

A Mexican blend of mild cheddar and jack cheese is my favorite cheese mix for this dish. Cheddar and mozzarella work equally well if the Mexican blend is not available.

Substitute spinach for iceberg lettuce if available fresh. Makes a healthy choice and a pretty green accent.

About Bill Washburn

The Pioneer Dad (aka Bill Washburn) is an expert gardener, carpenter and fine art painter who brings his gardening, home brewing and home improvement expertise to the web.

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