Ok, I promised last week to pass along my favorite way to use leftovers from the Crockpot Spicy Beef recipe that I shared.
NACHOS! Who doesn't love nachos?? A good pan of nachos is one of my all-time favorite party/comfort foods.
I usually make spicy beef for dinner sometime during the week and then we use the leftovers to make nachos on the following Friday or Saturday night - great easy dinner (that's not take-out) for a family movie night. My kids love that I just carry the whole pan to the basement and we crowd around the coffee table to dig in appetizer style!
Nachos might look intimidating but are really pretty simple - all you do is layer your ingredients and bake. Here are my family's favorite things to layer up: corn chips, black beans, spicy beef, shredded extra sharp white cheddar, tomatoes & onions (only on 1/2 for my picky kid), shredded lettuce, avocado or guacamole & lime juice.
If I have a little extra time and I'm in the mood for really cheesy nachos I'll make a batch of cheddar sauce and pour about half of it over the meat, beans and chips then layer the rest of my ingredients on top. I use the same cheese sauce that's in my Macaroni & Cheese recipe- you can find it here.
First, I like to layer the nacho chips, beans, beef and half of the shredded cheddar and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.
Then I add the rest of my ingredients which is mostly veggies: tomato & onion (sometimes jalapeno) and the rest of the cheese and bake for another 10- 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the chips start to brown.
Once I pull it out of the oven, I add the shredded lettuce, avocado or guacamole and sprinkle the whole thing with fresh lime juice - I'm drooling just thinking of how good this tastes! AHHH!
If you've never made homemade guacamole then you've got to give my recipe a try. I did a guest post about it over on a friend's blog - find it here! You won't believe how easy it is - whips up in just minutes.
And there you have it - dive in and enjoy with friends and family - this is one recipe that I'm pretty certain every member of your crew will be happy with!
Nachos with Spicy Beef
- corn chips
- black beans
- spicy beef
- shredded white cheddar
- diced tomatoes
- diced onions
- shredded lettuce
- avocado or guacamole
- lime for juicing
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- On a jellyroll pan layer chips, beans, meat and half the cheese
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes until meat is heated and cheese starts to melt
- Add tomatoes and onions, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and chips start to brown
- Remove from oven and top with shredded lettuce, avocado or guacamole and sprinkle the entire pan with juice from one lime