The project that I am working on in our home right now is a construction one, which means spackling, painting, measuring, cutting and building. Since that whole process takes a while, I don’t yet have a project post completed to share with you. But I do have a time-tested, teen-approved recipe for nachos. As far as providing the food stuffs of a teenage boy’s dreams, Zachary’s mom has got it going on.
You will need:
- A large bag of tortilla chips. I use the Santito’s “two dollar only” chips. Love that label!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 packet Old El Paso original taco seasoning
- 1 can original Old El Paso refried beans
- 1 jar salsa. It doesn’t matter what size or brand. Use more or less according to your taste and how far you want to stretch the topping
- grated/shredded cheese of your choice. Sometimes I use a mexican blend, sometimes sharp cheddar, depending on my mood and what’s on hand
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line large cookie sheet or two medium sheets with foil. Spread chips over sheet(s) and set aside.
- Brown ground beef in a large skillet, breaking up meat well.
- Add taco seasoning mix and 2/3 c water. Blend well and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes
- Add full can of refried beans and mix it in quickly so they don’t realize that you’re preparing to feed them protein.
- Add salsa to reach desired consistency. I usually use a full bottle.
- Spoon mixture evenly over chips. Keep the layer fairly light and even to avoid making chips soggy.
- Cover with grated/shredded cheese
- Bake at 350 degrees util cheese is melted and bubbly and edges of chips are starting to brown.
Aaaand the final result:
This is a really simple combination of ingredients that packs some big Mom points. Zachary’s friends love these nachos. Even if you think you don’t like refried beans, I hope you’ll try mixing them in. I really think they’re the “secret ingredient” that the kids don’t know they love.
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I shared this recipe with Fingerprints on the Fridge’s Friday link party.