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The nachos were ok, but there was too a little too much chili powder and salt for us. We also thought they could use more cheese. I will make them again, but I will decrease the chili powder and salt and increase the cheese. I may also change the meat to bean ratio using less meat and more beans. I appreciated the tip to warm the tortilla chips in the oven first. This recipe makes a lot of nachos. I used a whole bag of tortilla chips on a half sheet pan. My granddaughter and I ate it as our dinner, and there is over half the pan left.
These were terrific! Thank you. My husband, picky 14 son and eager to eat them 12 year daughter LOVED them! I will make these again and is our new favorite recipe
Thank you for a great recipe. Up to now I’ve put them in the microwave (which makes them limp). I made turkey chili with red kidney and black beans. I used pepper jack cheese and topped it off with sliced scallions and guacamole. can you say yummmmm. Many Thanks
I made these today for football Sunday and they were a huge hit!! SO good! This is an easy and delicious recipe and I will make it again. I also added a can of drained and rinsed black beans to the beef and refried beans as our family loves beans. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Combining the beef and beans prior to arranging the nachos was delicious
Absolutely satisfying!! This is a must for any type of party or just a fun weekend.
Add Fajita ( Beef Skirt ) to your nachos and it is now called Ponchos!!
I have a different take altogether on nachos.
BTW, love them for breakfast! Fast, healthy and filling. Blue corn chips, black beans, chopped fresh tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, cheddar cheese, salsa fresca, dollop of 2% greek yogurt or sour cream. Layer chips with beans and cheese. Melt in microwave. Top with remaining ingredients. Can add chopped chilies or jalapenos for some heat.
I love your method, especially that you use beans (I go through beans so fast, I love them so. I hate that most nachos at restaurants don’t have beans!). I would add that you should definitely make it in layers so that every chip has some nacho mixings on it. I usa a single layer of chips, cheese, beans, salsa, and then repeat several times until I have a gigantic mound of nacho. Sometimes I use refried beans, sometimes I just use whole beans. I also like using both pinto and black beans. Then, after it bakes I add green onions, tomato, and lettuce.
Easy homemade chips – heat the oven to 450 and bake store bought corn tortillas (cut into quarters) that have been brushed with a little canola oil for 5 minnutes. This is healthier that store-bought fried tortillas and super crispy and tasty. You can do tostadas this way as well. You can also deep fry the chips, which is delicious but perhaps a little greasy.
When I make nachos, I buy Taco shells and split them in half. I like them because they’re bigger and thick enough to hold a lot of toppings. I’ve also found that canned pinto beans (Sun Vista with Jalapenos is my favorite) drained a bit (leave some juice in) and spun in the food processor makes for a much more flavorful and better textured bean than canned refried beans. Try it sometime!
Ironically, now in Mexico nachos always come with processed cheese sauce, and we think nachos with melted cheese is soo “american” and un-authentic haha. We’re a weird bunch I know. Personally, I like the sauce (I guess I’m used to it), and I’ve found the Que Bueno brand to be quite good. I imagine this is to the horror of nacho purists…
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I currently live in NorthWest NC, in the town that Andy Griffith based Mayberry. We have a large Mexican population and one very good Mexican restaurant. Here, I’ve had the best Nachos I have ever had in my life and I’ve had them in the California, Arizona and Texas.
It’s definitely not ‘classic’ Tex Mex Nachos (purists beware) but I have to share my favorite:
It is their shrimp nachos… They use a really creamy blend of Mexican cheeses -it’s almost milky in color but a really strong flavor! Fresh shrimp swiming in spicy cheese on a mountain of hot homemade tortilla chips… with grilled veggies, jalepenos, a huge side of guacamole and a gollup of something they call rancheros salsa. soo yummy!
So, if they sell Mexican cheese in your area, look for the kind that says “melting” cheese on the package -the texture and flavor is nice and yummy!