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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Killer Nachos



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...These nachos got their name because the better than pound of cheese used to make them will put you in an early grave. I jest. I think. My family is famous for prefacing the name of any snack made with more than three ingredients with the word "garbage". They mistakenly believe, despite having had the education of princes, that the word is an adjective. Hence, it happens that I have, on occasion, unwittingly served "garbage" from my kitchen. If it's really good garbage, they drop that descriptor and replace it with another of their favorites, "killer". I'm glad I know who their mother is, because there are times their parentage is definitely suspect. At any rate, nachos are a popular snack in this area and I've included them in my Super Bowl menu because so many of our friends expect them. Nachos, even killer nachos, are an assembled snack and once the chopping is done they are an easy game day treat. My recipe is much like all the others that I've seen, save for the fact that I use spicy pepper jack cheese in their assembly. I like the discreet heat the cheese adds to the nachos and it's an easy way to spice up the dish. This is something I make only when we have guests, and to assure that everyone, including the Silver Fox and me, gets at least a few of the fully loaded chips, I make one basket for every four people who are with us for the occasion. These are best constructed just before heating and serving, and it helps to make sure that those things you add to the mix are as dry as they can possibly be. I'm not a big fan of soggy anything and I've had some limp nachos in my time. I've borrowed the quantities used in this recipe from Squidoo, a community website. While the thought of a recipe for nachos may seem silly, it is a great help in determining the quantity of ingredients you need to feed a gang. So, without further ado, I give you the recipe for Killer Nachos.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of our chocolate extravaganza for Valentine's Day. Don't miss it.

Killer Nachos...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite and the gang at Squidoo

Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground beef
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
Pinch of salt
1 small can refried beans or bean dip
1 10 or 12-ounce bag corn tortilla chips
1-1/4 pounds pepper jack cheese, grated
1 large onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, juiced and chopped
1 6-ounce can black olives, drained and chopped

Directions:
1) Brown ground beef in a medium skillet. Drain. Add chili powder, cumin and salt. Set aside.
2) Spread a thin layer of refried beans or bean dip over bottom of a platter or shallow, heat-proof bowl to anchor first layer of chips.
3) Then spread a layer of chips over beans, top with a layer of cheese, ground beef, onion, tomato and olives. Repeat until all ingredients are used. Or, since this recipe usually makes about 4 layers, you can divide all toppings into 4 portions for even layering.
4) Microwave on high until heated through, about 10 minutes, or bake at 375 degrees F. for 20-30 minutes. Serve warm with sour cream and guacamole dip, if desired. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

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Spicy Garlic Hot Wings - Sea Salt with Food
Ranch Popcorn - 400 Calories or Less
Chili: A Game Day Classic for Super Bowl - The Delightful Repast

75 comments:

Red Nomad OZ said...

Hey, when they look THAT good, is a quarter basket per person really enough?!?!?!

When I saw the pic, I thought 'Killer' was a perfectly appropriate adjective - but maybe that's the Australian in me ...

Have a great weekend!!

carolyn bradford said...

Mary...how do you do it? I stand amazed! I thought I was the only one still up blogging! Anyway...I know we are in different time zones but we are definitely on the same wave length when it comes to good food!!! This sounds amazing...and my guest list is growing longer by the minute as I realize I have many a great recipe from you....my Friend...to try out on all my best friends and guests for the Super Bowl! Thanks so much for sharing!
love, carolyn

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love the title of this post! They look great - loaded with colour and flavour!

Coleen's Recipes said...

Holy Moly do these look delicious!!

Louise said...

my husband is drooling. he said i must make them for dinner tonight! thanks for the great recipe:)

MaryMoh said...

I have just fallen in love with Nachos with tomato salsa lately....not my usual type of food. Yours looks very delicious. I would love to try. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Joy said...

'killer' seems like the perfect adjective! It is a bit like the way 'deadly' is used here in Australia!
ie Those look like deadly nachos!

Three-Cookies said...

Wow, whats not to like in the dish. Meaty, cheesy, crispy, colorful, spicy and freshly homemade:)

A Canadian Foodie said...

I love nachos. Always have. Always will. Can never get sick of them. They are too too too yummy! These look so good! I may have to go make a feeble version of them with what I have in the fridge right now!
:)
Valerie

muppy said...

i am loving the look of your 'killer' nachos

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Killer or not this looks just the kind of dish we would enjoy, Diane

bellini valli said...

Definitely one of our favourite food groups around here Mary.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Mary these do indeed look "killer"!!! Which is a very good adjective in my home-enjoy:@)

Medeja said...

Such colorful and flavorful nachos :) I think I would like it with beer :)) Thanks Mary

Gloria said...

Mary These Nachos look awesome dear, the kids love them!! have a nice day, xxgloria

Nisrine|Dinners and Dreams said...

These nachos are loaded and seriously tempting. Yum!

kitchen flavours said...

Looks beautiful and really good! Love the gorgeous colours. Wouldn't mind having the whole basket to myself! ^..^. Have a nice day!

Martha said...

Nachos are the perfect snack food -- yours looks yummy!

Elsa said...

These nachos do look killer! I'm also excited for the Vday chocolate recipes!! :)

Brenda said...

Your post made me laugh Mary, "garbage", lol. Love it! These nachos make me want to dive right in. My husband would be so happy with a plate of these and a few cold beers. Enjoy your weekend!

Nina Timm said...

Mary my dear, you sure know your way around delicious food and recipes. Love this idea!!

Caroline B. said...

Wow! Very beautiful dish Mary! I like this! Have a nice day! Caro B.

Design Wine and Dine said...

This cracks me up! Perfect name! It's so true too...in order for Nachos to be DELICIOUS you need a TON of cheese! Whenever I make them at home...I'm always looking over my shoulder to make sure noone is watching...and I keep pouring!

Your recipe I will have to try!

Kim said...

Nachos are everone favorites and these are bursting eith lots of flavor! Your presentation is loaded with colors, I like it...

Clint said...

I can eat a whole basket by myself, and I've been known to steal from my friends. Great recipe! Cindy!---COME LOOK AT THIS RECIPE!

Tasha said...

Hands down, Nachos are my most favorite of snacky type foods. I deprive myself of them most of the time, but that just makes them that much better when I do indulge. I love that yours have pepper jack on them!

June said...

OK ..that's it! Can I come for Super Bowl and can I bring a date? LOL

nanny said...

OHHHHH Nachos!!! Yum! Pass the plate, please! As I print this recipe!!! Thank you!!

PeggyR said...

WOW those look yummy!

dawn said...

those look like perfection!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

OMG, your blog is wonderful! Thanks for stopping by mine or I'd not have known about yours. I'm your newest follower. You totally sucked me in with those nachos. Yum!

Jeannie said...

I love nachos and your killer nachos looks worth dying for :P

Annalisa said...

Love the title of the post and the recipe itself is even better! Thanks for your kind comment on my blog, you're welcome anytime!

Take care,
Annalisa

Victor said...

Perfect appetizer for the coming Super Bowl.

Lucie said...

Mmmm, pepperjack cheese! How I miss it! Sounds like a great game-day treat, Mary!

Tiza said...

I love nachos. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Big Dude said...

They sure look killer to me.

Rita said...

What a amazing recipe; keeping this one for sure;leve the name.

Elisabeth said...

Hi Mary-Your nachos will be so perfect for Super Bowl Sunday...Yummy!

BTW-copied and pasted your response on my blog, and it's easier to reply back to you on your blog from me:

Mary said...
I'm jumping back in to tell you how thrilled I am with your visit to my blog. I hope you'll stop-by often. There is always something going on. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

January 29, 2011 11:42 AM


Mary-I'm visiting again...you may not have realized that I'm following your blog, and that means I will be back more often, and hope you will follow mine, as well!

Kerstin said...

I'm drooling and so wishing I had some of these right now - definitely the perfect football snack!

Mickey said...

Love your addition of pepper jack cheese, what a nice way to eat Killer Nachos.
mcieky

briarrose said...

Oh my those look good. I'm pretty sure my tummy grumbled just looking at the picture. ;)

teresa said...

mmmm, nachos like these are a total indulgence for me, i just LOVE them! the flavors in yours sound amazing. i would plan a party just for those nachos

Sarah B. said...

those look amaaaaaaazing!

Priya said...

Definitely a killer dish, yumm!

Ginny said...

Your picture is great! Actually, looking at all these ingredients, these look pretty much like a well babanced meal to me. You have your meat, and your salad, a bowl of soup would make a whole dinner!

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

You really can't go wrong with nachos. Love 'em! Perfect football food. And all those nacho layers... yum!

Jeffrey and Juli said...

Are those Jalapeno peppers I spy in the garnish?

This looks GREAT!

ARLENE said...

I could eat a full basket of these, no sweat.

Leslie said...

I guess I like garbage!!!
Love the nachos!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I do not know how you have time to cook all this amazing food and still give your family the "education of princes." You rock.

Fondly,
Glenda

Spoon and Chopsticks said...

Killer Nachos... Well said Mary.
Nice photo too. It says it all.

The Food Hound said...

Hey, if you gotta go, these are the way to go! I love nachos! The more loaded, the better!

A Busy Nest said...

What a great idea to layer the chips with the toppings to allow each chip to receive a good amount of topping.

That Girl said...

There is something so fresh and vibrant about these nachoes. It almost makes me not want to post my nachoes, which are nowhere near as gorgeous!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I haven't made nachos in SO long! These sound great and the 'killer' makes them awesome! ♥

aipi said...

Killer is definitely the word for it:)

US Masala

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

OMG do those look delicious! Nachos are my weakness and the perfect food to indulge in on Super Bowl Sunday - I think I will have to make these ASAP. Thanks so much for the Killer recipe:)

Angela said...

Recipe for nachos silly? No. Delicious? yes.

Astra Libris said...

Oh my goodness, these look unbelievably good!!! *swooning* :-)

Jennifer said...

Nachos are one of my favorite foods ever! I pile on the veggies so I dont feel guilty about the loads of cheese I pile on them!

Mary i've been meaning to ask you for photography advice! Your photos are so brilliant! Help! Any tips for a new photographer?

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Monet said...

Now this looks like a dish that will get a party started! I love eating nachos, but we don't make them too often. I'll have to try the pepper jack cheese next time! I hope you are having a good weekend with friends and family. Thank you for sharing with me tonight! Many blessings in the week to come.

scrambledhenfruit said...

I heart nachos. :) These "killer" ones are perfect for any get-together. :)

Kankana said...

This is looking like a killer dish!! yum yum yum

Carol said...

Now I have a HUGE craving for nacho's! Looks amazing! Definitely killer :)

Keeley said...

Yum, we LOVE nachos at this house! We try not to overindulge, but they are just so good! I agree with you, soggy nachos aren't appetizing. I'm bookmarking your recipe for a future weekend.

Priyanka said...

Lovely Mary.....!!!

claire said...

those do look KILLER!

Thanks for sharing Mary!

Intuitive Eggplant said...

Mary, thanks for stopping by my place - and for sharing this hilarious story about how your "Killer" nachos got their name. They sound decadently scrumptious! I'll be back.

Sasha said...

These nachos look incredible. You just can't go wrong with a dish like this.

My Little Space said...

I have to admit this is definitely a killer. OMG, I have to make this very soon. Thank you! Love you for this.
Kristy

Jenn said...

Ok..your nachos make my nachos look so ordinary and plain!!! :) lol These looks fabulous, Mary! I'd love to dive into a plate of these right now!

Butter Hearts Sugar said...

Killer indeed! They look so delicious. The part that makes me really jealous is the cheese, we have such a poor cheese selection in Australia.

1recette1minute said...

Looks really delicious:D

Simona Mastantuono said...

My husband eats nachos with nothing or at most hot sauce with some killer food we eat it often ... thanks for the idea exciting kiss Simmy

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