Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
I absolutely love my nachos (check the screen name)... Frustrated with not being able to find exactly what I was looking for in the restaurants (low salt, high taste), I made my own recipe. Quick, easy and very good for either dipping/topping chips or making hard/soft tacos. This also freezes very well. Curious to see what the rest of you think. Enjoy!
- 1 lb ground beef (can substitute ground turkey or chicken)
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 1 medium green pepper (diced)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced or 1⁄4 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 (16 ounce) can fat-free refried beans
- 1⁄4 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄4 tablespoon chili pepper
- 1⁄4 tablespoon cumin
- your favorite tortilla chips or taco shell
- Heat oil on medium in large sauté pan (high sides).
- If using garlic cloves, add to oil and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add ground meat and spices, cook on medium/medium-high (I've found that beef taste the best, but you can truly never go wrong w/ whatever you choose).
- When halfway done (about 3-4 minutes), add vegetables to the meat. DO NOT DRAIN.
- When the meat is done (about another 5 minutes or so) add refried beans. Stir until meat/veggies are mixed into the beans.
- Lower heat and continue to cook until mixture simmers. (The consistency of the dish should allow for it to boil a bit, if not then add a little water or broth to get it to the consistency that you prefer. CAUTION the dish should not be watery, cook uncovered on low to cook the water out.).
- Serve topped with melted cheese on chips or in soft tortilla/hard shell to make tacos.
- OPTIONAL PREPARATION.
- Mix garlic and spices into the meat and allow to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, then cook according to directions.