Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Super Nachos

I picked my first jalapeno pepper from the garden yesterday to make this recipe.  I don't know if because it was just picked but....that little sucker was volatile!  This recipe for the nachos called for two jalapenos;  one in the Pico de Gallo salsa, and one in the beef and beans.  I used half of this jalapeno for each, but if you prefer it hotter, stick with the original recipe.

Pico de Gallo Salsa:
  • 4 vine ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped (or substitute parsley if you hate cilantro)
  • Salt
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
Beef and Beans Topping:
  • 1 Tbsp. EVOO
  • 1 lb. ground sirloin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. to 1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper sauce, or to taste
  • 1 can black beans, drained 
Cheese Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 lb. pepper jack cheese, shredded; about 2-1/2 cups 
Combine salsa ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Add oil, garlic, onion and pepper to the pan and saute 2 minutes.  Add meat and crumble with a spoon and cook until no longer pink. Season with salt, chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper sauce.  Cook 5 minutes.  Stir in beans and reduce heat to low.  Simmer until beans are heated through.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter.  Add flour and cook for a minute or two to take out raw flour taste.  Add milk and bring to a simmer and cook until thickened.  Off heat, add cheese and stir until melted and combined.

Arrange a mixture or tortilla chips on a platter and pile it up!  You can add sour cream, chopped scallions, black olives, sliced avocado and really make them SUPER!



  1. I don't think there is a btter word for these than "Yummo! -- nicely done. Sure makes me hungry!

  2. These look delicious! Would love to dig in! xo,

  3. I love nachos Patti and these look great! I know what you mean, it seems jalapenos grown for the supermarkets are milder than those out of the home garden! Thanks so much for playing along:@)

  4. Oh WOW!! These nachos make me want to come over with some beer and hang out (read: not share those with anyone!) These look fantastic!!!

  5. Holy Nachos Batman! Patti, have mercy on me please!!! I definitely got this one saved!!


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