Yummm, nachos!!

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.

Meat Mixture

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

Tortilla Chips

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 😉 .

The “Givens” in life

Here are the givens of my house

  • Banana Cheerios are always on the shopping list, because it is the three year old’s favorite cereal
  • You will probably find a stray said Banana Cheerio somewhere (like on the floor of my living room) in my house
  • 99% of the time I am 10 – 15 mins late to anything (except my wedding, I made it on time to that, and I always remind my hubby of it)
  • Our teen daughter’s room cannot stay clean for more than 12 hours (that number might even be generous)
  • My hubby is always talking about “purging” items from our home
  • 90% of the time, my hubby has his camera with him
  • I get ideas to make something cool, or to save money by making it myself, and then I go crazy trying to make said item
  • Our three year old son is always willing to eat a hot dog and fruit
  • The three year old is a Toy Story fanatic
  • The oldest is Big Sissy and the baby is Baby Sis in the three year old’s world
  • We  jokingly call the baby, Grumpy Cat because of a face she makes when strangers try to talk to her and make her smile
  • We can freak our teen daughter out by doing the following:  pointing out a statue or an item that has two shadows, writing tally marks on her arm while she sleeps or on our arms, changing her screen saver to a Weeping Angel, or repeating everything she says (she is a Whovian)
  • Pooky Bear (our 7 month old) giggles and snorts (just like her momma 🙂 ) when I call her Pooky Bear, and I instantly get in a good mood
  • The three year old will push me to my limit making me mad, and then does something utterly cute that makes me go “What are you doing to me??!!”
  • The three year old and 14 year old make me crazy most days (I am currently referring to the three year old as Cray Cray)
  • The baby laughs and gets excited at most things that Cray Cray does
  • I love said crazy older children, adorable baby, and purging camera toting hubby with all of my heart (awwwwwwww!)