Ultimate Nachos

Ultimate Nachos
Staff Writer

Dean Corbett

 

Go all out with your nachos this year and serve this ultimate version. You’ll find the ground beef mixture is good enough to use in your favorite chili, but you won’t be able to resist it spread on a crunchy chip and topped with oozing cheese, either. 

Ingredients

  • 2  Pounds  ground beef
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  smoked chipotle powder
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  ground coriander
  • 1  Teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1  Teaspoon  ground chili powder
  • 1  Teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1  Teaspoon  freshly cracked black pepper
  • large yellow onion, diced
  • bell peppers, mixed colors, diced
  • 1/2  Cup  tomato purée
  • 1/4  Cup  hot sauce
  • bunch cilantro, minced
  • 4  Cups  mixed blend of shredded cheese such as smoked Gouda, aged Cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheese
  • Guacamole, for garnish
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Salsa, for garnish
  • Green onions, diced
  • Jalapeños, seeded and diced

Directions

In a skillet, cook ground beef until nicely browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go. Drain the beef of its fat and return the pan to the stove. Add the chipotle, chili powder, cumin, coriander, and salt and pepper to taste. Then add the onion and bell peppers. Sauté until onion caramelizes, about 5 minutes, then stir in the tomato purée, hot sauce, and cilantro. Heat through and set aside.

Place 9 chips on an oven-safe platter. Top each chip with 1 teaspoon of the ground beef mix and cheese and bake until cheese is melted. Repeat with another layer or just top, in order, with guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, jalapeño and, green onions.
 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
32g
46%
Sugar
6g
7%
Saturated Fat
12g
50%
Cholesterol
168mg
56%
Carbohydrate, by difference
33g
25%
Protein
57g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
55µg
8%
Vitamin B-12
5µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
8µg
9%
Calcium, Ca
266mg
27%
Choline, total
40mg
9%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
101µg
25%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
72mg
23%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
10mg
71%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
527mg
75%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
48µg
87%
Sodium, Na
982mg
65%
Water
186g
7%
Zinc, Zn
12mg
100%

Nacho Shopping Tip

How hot is that chile pepper? Fresh peppers get hotter as they age; they will achieve a more reddish hue and sometimes develop streaks in the skin.

Nacho Cooking Tip

When preparing appetizers try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.

Nacho Wine Pairing

Malbec, syrah/shiraz, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, primitivo, or carménère with meat- and bean-based dishes; viognier or grüner veltliner with seafood dishes.