Nachos Grande

This is probably the most abused dish in any Tex Mex restaurant. I have come across really poor imitations of cardboard nachos through to fabulous versions loaded with layers of flavours, textures and colours. Obviously, this is my version…

Ingredients

300g    Minced beef

1 tsp     Dried chilli seed

3 tsp     Paprika

1 tbs     Olive oil

1          Green pepper, finely diced

1          Red pepper, finely diced

1          Red onion

2          Large tomatoes, coarsely chopped

2 tbs     Pickled jalapeño peppers, sliced

100g    Cheddar cheese, grated

100g    Mozzarella cheese, grated

250g    Nachos, cool flavour or just lightly salted.

Salt and black pepper

Garnish with fresh coriander, finely chopped

Preparation and cooking

Add the olive oil to a frying pan and heat until hot, then add the minced beef and brown all over. This should take about 5-6 minutes. Pour off any excess liquid from the pan, and then add the dried crushed chillies, the paprika and a good seasoning of salt and black pepper. Stir the mixture together, and then add 50ml of water and allow to cook gently for approx. 10 minutes, for the water to evaporate, so that you are left with a dry mixture.

Take a large oven proof dish or baking tray and scatter with half of the nachos. Layer on top of the nachos, half of each of the following; minced beef, green pepper, red pepper, red onion, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and mozzarella. Add the remaining nachos, and a second layer of all of the ingredients, finishing with the cheese and pickled jalapeños.

Place into a pre-heated oven at 180°C, and cook for 10-15 minutes, to allow everything to warm through and for the cheese to melt. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander and serve immediately with soured cream, fresh salsa and guacamole.

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