You've Gotta Try These Nachos

You've Gotta Try These Nachos created by ForeverMama

This is one of my favorite recipes from Rachael Ray. These nachos are even company-worthy. The ingredients and steps are a bit involved (she can do it in 30 minutes) but are very worth the effort. I made a double batch of these for a family reunion and they were devoured. *Added note - If you end up with extra grease after browning the meat, drain. I recommend assembling as written for a wonderful presentation. The chips don't get soggy (unless you leave them sitting for a very long time!). :-)

Ready In:
35mins
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ingredients

  • 2 (13 ounce) bags corn tortilla chips, I like to use 2 different colors, ie. 1 bag yellow and 1 bag blue corn chips
  • Pico de Gallo Salsa

  • 4 vine-ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 -2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (adjust to your heat level)
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 14 cup cilantro leaf, finely chopped
  • Beef and Beans Topping

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 12 teaspoons dark chili powder
  • 1 12 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Frank's red hot sauce (or up to 1 T., adjust to your heat level.)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • Cheese Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter (I use unsalted)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 12 cups monterey jack pepper cheese, shredded
  • Optional Toppings

  • sour cream (optional)
  • 1 avocados, sliced (optional) or 1 guacamole (optional)
  • black olives, sliced (optional)
  • scallion, chopped (optional)
  • hot sauce (optional)

directions

  • Arrange the corn chips on a large serving platter.
  • Combine the salsa ingredients and let the flavors meld.
  • Make the beef and beans topping:

  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high and add the olive oil, garlic, onion and jalapeno. Saute for about 2 minutes.
  • Add meat and break into smaller bits. Season with salt, chili powder, cumin and the cayenne pepper sauce. Cook meat mixture until browned, about 5 minutes. (Drain any grease.).
  • Stir in the beans and turn the heat down to low.
  • Make the cheese sauce:

  • In a saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat.
  • Then add the flour, stirring and cooking for about a minute.
  • Whisk in milk.
  • When the milk comes to a bubble (watch carefully and keep stirring to make it lump-free and so it doesn't scald), stir in cheese using a wooden spoon.
  • Remove cheese sauce from the heat.
  • Pour cheese sauce evenly over the tortilla chips.
  • Top evenly with the beef and beans mixture.
  • Top it all off with the pico de gallo salsa (and optional toppings, if using).
  • Serve it while it's hot!
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"This is one of my favorite recipes from Rachael Ray. These nachos are even company-worthy. The ingredients and steps are a bit involved (she can do it in 30 minutes) but are very worth the effort. I made a double batch of these for a family reunion and they were devoured. *Added note - If you end up with extra grease after browning the meat, drain. I recommend assembling as written for a wonderful presentation. The chips don't get soggy (unless you leave them sitting for a very long time!). :-)"

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  1. ForeverMama
    You've Gotta Try These Nachos Created by ForeverMama
  2. ForeverMama
    So satisfying! We love nachos and this version was very well received. We used pico de gallo from another meal and also added about a half a packet of taco seasoning (to use it up). It all came out fabulous. It’s a keeper. Made it for FYC.
    • Review photo by ForeverMama
  3. DailyInspiration
    I did try them and they are delicious!!!! LOL Made these for an early lunch today and we enjoyed every bit of them. I cheated a little by purchasing pre-made pico de gallo and I scaled the recipe down since it's just the two of us. I added sour cream, avocado and extra cilantro. YUM!
  4. breezermom
    These were great! I liked that everyone could sort of add the toppings they wanted, making it easy to serve. My cheese sauce was very thin, but still delicious. I added more cheese to it to try and thicken it up. My son thought it was perfect. We will make this again! Made for FYC tag game.
    • Review photo by breezermom
  5. GibbyLou
    I made this for an easy stove top dinner for DH and I. I made this as directed other than not making the Pico De Gallo and going with store bought salsa instead. Oh and I didn't have black beans so subbed pinto beans. I really liked that they weren't baked and we could add the toppings we prefer. I would definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing!
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