I was craving nachos the other night, and we needed a quick dinner, so I decided to make them. I started by cooking the meat, and started to put everything on the table- the bag of chips, the diced tomatoes, the sour cream and the meat that I had put into a Corningware dish. And then I was looking at it, and I was thinking about how I hadn’t been happy the last couple of times I had made nachos the exact same way as this evening, so I decided to try something different. Normally, I let everyone make their own nachos, but it just didn’t seem to mesh well, so I pulled everything off of the table, grabbed a baking sheet, assembled the nachos on the baking sheet, and threw it into the oven 10 or so minutes. The result was DELICIOUS, warm, gooey, nachos. And even though it’s a “junk food”, I’m going to guess mine weren’t horrible, since I used ground turkey and real cheese, not the can stuff. Also, when I was grabbing the cheese for it, I realized I didn’t have enough Mexican Blend left, so I had to improvise. I found sharp cheddar, and our Colby Jack and Muenster sandwich cheese slices. I figured the Sharp Cheddar and Colby Jack would be fine, but I was taking a gamble on the Muenster. It was SO GOOD!! I can totally see making this when my daughter has friends over. What teenage girl doesn’t like nachos?? Also good for a game day lazy lunch. And I love the fact that I can just put the baking sheet on the table (yes, there is a trivet under it) and everyone can take what they want.
1 pound ground turkey
2 tsp of beef granules
2 tsp of minced garlic (I used the stuff that comes in the jar that you keep in the refrigerator)
Few cranks of pepper from the pepper grinder
Taco Seasoning (I have the ginormous size from Costco, so I just sprinkled it on to taste, and added a little bit of water to help it absorb into the meat)
2 tsp Cumin
1 tbsp Oregano
Couple of dashes of Hot Sauce (or more, or less, depending on your tolerance)
1/2 onion diced
1 can of pinto beans drained and rinsed
The rest of the stuff
1 – 2 Diced Tomatoes
1 cup Mexican blend cheese
1 cup Sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Colby Jack cheese or you can do what I did and tear slices of Colby Jack sandwich cheese into pieces and sprinkle those on top.
Muenster cheese (same thing as the CJ cheese; break it up into pieces and sprinkle it on top)
Brown meat in pan and add all seasonings, diced onions, and pinto beans. Cook until onions are cooked and beans are heated through.
Pre-heat oven to 350
Take a baking sheet and spread out a layer of tortilla chips.
Sprinkle some of the mexican blend and sharp cheddar cheeses on top of them.
Scoop meat mixture onto chips.
Sprinkle with diced tomatoes
Sprinkle remaining mexican blend and sharp cheddar cheese. Then sprinkle Colby Jack cheese and Muenster cheese on top.
Put in oven for 10 – 15 minutes and keep an eye on it to keep from burning.
Plop that baby on the table, provide forks and spatulas and let everyone dig in!! Oh, you can also put out a bowl of sour cream if you’re feeling fancy, or just put out the entire container if you aren’t 😉 .