We hosted a poker game every Saturday night back home and it was such a blast. It went on for 3 years straight until we moved out to the Midwest. At the beginning a different couple would host the game at their house and everyone would bring something to share, but as the game players changed and time went on, it ended up being at our house every week. No complaints here, but as the players changed so did the food. Single guys tend to bring chips and dip… and that is pretty much all she wrote. As we started getting more and more single guys playing, our stock in pre-made dips and Ruffles began to pile up in our pantry. So, I began making snacks for the game and switching it up every week.
Turkey roll-ups were a hit as were the cranberry cocktail meatballs, dirty pigs in a blanket and apple pie baked dumplings. But when I made homemade nachos, they flocked to the kitchen like flies on a cheeseburger.
And it was requested at least every other week. It is wicked simple, and can feed a massive group of people. When I make the nachos, I either do two different pans with different ingredients, or I split the ingredients on the chips right on one pan. Keep in mind, you can put anything your little heart desires on these, and they will still come out scrumptious.
What you will need:
- 1 Bag Tortilla Chips
- 1.5 lbs Ground Beef (or chicken works great too)
- 1 Package of Taco Seasoning
- 1 Jar of Nacho Cheese
- 3 Cups Mexican Shredded Cheese
- 1 Can of Black Olives
- 1 Pint of Cherry Tomatoes
- Jalapeno slices to taste
- Ready? Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
- Brown the ground beef, drain grease and mix taco seasoning as directed
- On a large baking sheet, layer the tortilla chips evenly
- Evenly layer the seasoned ground beef over the chips
- Layer the nacho cheese over the beef and chips
- Layer the tomatoes, black olives and jalapenos next. This is where you will see that one half has only beef and cheese while the other has veggies.
- Sprinkle the Mexican shredded cheese last over everything
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted
- Serve immediately
I like to serve the nachos with a bowl of salsa and a side of sour cream. Some of the chips will be loaded with extras and other will still be a little dry which is where the salsa saves the day. Be sure to have napkins on hand!
UPDATE: Line your baking sheet with parchment paper for non-stick serving and easy cleanup!