Maybe not a gourmet dish, but while eating out we have seriously paid $12.00 for 10 tortilla chips with little 'nacho like' cheese and beans and sometimes chicken on them !!!! Like a joke!
My mother in law made Nachos lots when we lived in Brooklyn, NY so of course we made them in England when we were missing everyone, but then also because it was a lovely weekend noshy thing. Sometimes they are simple with only beans, cheese and hamburger or chicken and sometimes they get fancier...in any case always around a budget and easy to add things on that you like.. be creative! And please remember dear friends with less people in their household that ANY recipe can very easily be modified to smaller numbers!!! And like wise doubled! Also very easily a lovely dish without meat for my vegetarian friends!!
Feeds 4 adults
Plain salted tortilla chips
4 cups of shredded cheese ( cheddar is nice!)
1 pound hamburger meat or 4 cups of shredded chicken
1 jar of salsa
1 small can of olives drained
1/2 can of corn drained
1 can of red kidney beans drained, or 2 1/2 cups of pre- made beans ( see bean burritos for recipe)
1/4 cup of pickeled jalapeneos drained
1 small pint of sour cream
1 handful of cilantro
2 diced avacodos
1 lime (if using chicken)
* Pre- Heat oven to 375 degrees
* Get a large backing dish and layer the bottom with tortilla chips
* In a pan, cook the hamburger or chicken adding cumin, garlic salt and pepper to taste, at the end beans to the mixture to heat them up a bit and absorb the flavors
* If cooking with chicken ( I tend to use a whole chicken that is already roasted or left over and shred it and re heat it), when it is cooked turn the heat off and squeeze the lime over it mixing it up
* Add the cheese to the tortilla chips and mix it in with your hands a bit to distribute it
* Add the meat and beans
* Add the corn
* Add olives
* Add jalapenoes
* Add salsa
* Put in the oven until cheese is bubbly, about 20 minutes or so..
* Add the cilantro, avacado and sour cream on to your plated up nachos!!!!!
*I eat them with a knife and fork because they are so messy
Wine Suggestion- California Zinfindel