Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sheet Pan Nachos #Recipe @PegCochran

I think I've mentioned this before--I like to think of Friday nights as "fun food nights."  Meaning I don't worry about a green vegetable (we probably won't get scurvy if we skip our veggie once a week) and I don't make anything too "serious" for dinner.  Sometimes it's take-out--pizza or Chinese or Thai food--and sometimes it's tacos or BLTs.  I was feeling in the mood for something with a Mexican flair but I didn't want tacos.  Bingo! How about nachos?

I found a recipe for "sheet pan nachos" where everything is loaded onto a cookie sheet and put into the oven.  I decided to try it.

Note:  All toppings are optional--use what you like and skip the rest or add ideas of your own!!

You'll need:
12 ounces ground chuck
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
9 ounces corn tortilla chips
1 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed or 1 can black beans
12 ounces shredded Mexican cheese blend or freshly grated sharp cheddar
1/2 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices (optional)
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup salsa, jarred or fresh (I prefer fresh)

First preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 

Place ground chuck and onion in pan, sprinkle with spices and cook, stirring, until meat is no longer pink.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer mixture to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up extra grease.

Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil.  Spread chips on the bottom in a single layer.  Top with meat mixture, beans and cheese.

Bake until cheese melts and chips are beginning to brown slightly on the edges--about 8 minutes or so.

Top with red onion, jalapeno if desired, avocado, sour cream and cilantro.  Serve salsa on the side.


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  1. Great idea nachos on a sheet pan! I am going to do this! Love your books!

    1. Thanks, Dee! This is a great way to make nachos for a crowd! And they're great for dinner occasionally, too, as a treat.

  2. Great idea! We love Mexican food and we are always looking for new ways to make it!
    Love your books and I am looking forward to reading Murder, She Reported!

    1. Thanks, Deb! The nachos were delicious and so easy to do!

  3. I'm really looking forward to Murder, She Reported.

    This looks like a nice addition to the usual Cinco de Mayo fare.

  4. It's funny how I get so stuck in a rut in my cooking. Had found this to be very popular in my family when the kids were younger and then I fell out of the habit. Am so glad to be reminded of this fun and relaxing meal!

    1. It was fun! And it feels wicked but really it's pretty good for you--meat, beans (healthy fiber), cheese and veggies.

  5. That looks so good! I will definitely have to try this! Thank you!