The ultimate nachos: tacos ground beef, served with fresh Pico de Gallo and drizzled with chipotle cream. We haven’t even talked about the whole toppings shebang yet. Delicious.
I’m not into sports. Growing up, I got good grades except in Phys Ed. One time playing softball, the teacher had to come very (very) near me just so I can hit the ball, get out of line and give others a chance to bat.
Red is a big sports fan though. To be more specific, a huge Toronto Raptors fan and the team got into the second round of the play-offs for the first time in 15 years (I was told this was a big deal). To celebrate, I’m sharing Red’s recipe for the ultimate nachos (which I assume we’ll be having for the rest of the play-off series).
The definitive game day snack
These are perfect with ice-cold beer. While watching your favourite team. Or for I-don’t-know-anything-about-sports people like me, for everyday snacking, to serve when friends come over, whenever you’re hungry. These nachos are filled with all the good stuff including 3 kinds of cheese, jalapeño, chipotle and avocado. It’s seriously dee-licious.
First there’s the beef. You get your favourite taco seasoning, mix it in with the ground beef, cook them together and you’re done. You can use your favourite homemade seasoning mix too but taco seasoning is very convenient in a pinch (as in you’ve run out of cumin, it’s out of stock at the store and the game starts in 30 minutes. It happens).
Pico de Gallo
Ironically, Red won’t make any concessions about using ready-made salsa and insisted on making her own Pico de Gallo because it tastes “infinitely better and fresher” (I didn’t question it, she gets very cranky before game time). But yes, you can use ready-made salsa (don’t tell) if you don’t want to be bothered with chopping.
Chipotle in adobo sauce is one of Red’s secret ingredients but is admittedly hard to come by (at least where we are). So whenever we see it (usually in Latin American groceries or there’s always Amazon – see the link below for the exact brand we use), we buy a couple (or more, I’m not counting) because you never know when you might need some chipotle awesomeness. And this chipotle cream brings a unique smoky flavour to your nachos that makes it that much better.
The ultimate nachos
Now you put them all together. Get your favourite restaurant-style tortilla chips, your taco beef, lots of cheese, black olives and put them in the oven.
Then top with your favourite things (ours is listed in the recipe but you can customize this however you want…isn’t that great?), fresh jalapeño slices, homemade Pico de Gallo, drizzle with chipotle cream and voila – the ultimate nachos you can enjoy while watching your favourite team (or in my case, while reading my favourite sci-fi book…what? Told you I’m not into sports).
I have a confession to make
I had nothing to do with this at all. I just took pictures. As you know I cannot cook to save my life which is ok because Red is an excellent cook so thankfully I will not starve. She made all this and I just documented the process.
Family and friends ask for these nachos all the time so I thought it’s time I share it here too. Enjoy! And let’s go Raptors! #WeTheNorth
Did you make these ultimate nachos? Tell me about it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear all about it. What’s your favourite game day snack?
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