Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In the Kitchen with Jason: Cheesy Chili Nachos

Who doesn't like nachos? If you are one of the four people in the world who don't, this post is not for you and you should consider one of my other recipes. For everyone else, this recipe was super delicious. Though we doubled the amount of chips used and only made two servings out of it instead of four (who only wants 160 calories for a dinner?) it was the best home made nachos I have ever made.

Side note: It's the only successful attempt at homemade nachos I have ever made.

The original recipe can be found in the Eat More of What You Love cookbook for you purists out there. Our edited recipe is presented below.

  • 8 oz. ground beef
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
    • This will be about 1/2 the pepper. I chopped the other 1/2 into strips and had a tasty snack while preparing the rest of the meal
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 oz tortilla chips
  • Heat a skillet sprayed with cooking spray over medium heat.
  • Add the meat, onion and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes.
    • Break the ground beef apart with a spatula while cooking to make sure it all gets good and cooked.
  • Stir in chili powder, cumin, tomatoes and water.
  • Bring to a boil and then cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes.
    • If it gets done before your cheese sauce, leave it covered and on the burner, but turn the burner off.
  • In a saucepan over low heat, melt margarine and whisk in the flour until smooth.
  • Add chicken broth and garlic powder, raise heat to medium and bring to a boil stirring regularly.
    • This took about 7 minutes and I would lean closer to constantly with the stirring.
  • Boil for 1 minute while stirring continuously.
  • Turn off the heat and add the cheese.
  • Stir until the cheese it completely melted.
  • Divide up the chips onto plates.
  • Evenly distribute the beef mixture over the chips.
  • Evenly distribute the cheese sauce over the beef mixture.
  • Try not to complain when you finish it all and there is no more left.
Please enjoy!

-Chef Jason

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