Super Nachos

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
2 bags corn tortilla chips in 2 colours or different flavours, such as blue corn, red corn, yellow corn, lime flavored, chili flavored or black bean chips -- pick 2 favourites

For the Pico de Gallo Salsa

4 vine ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped, for medium to hot heat level
1 small white onion, chopped
1/4 cup, 2 handfuls, coriander leaves, finely chopped - substitute parsley if coriander is not to your liking
Salt

For the Beef and Beans Topping

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound ground sirloin
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dark chilli powder
1 1/2 ground cumin, half a palmful
2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper sauce, giving you medium to hot heat level
1 can black beans, 15 ounces, drained

For the Cheese Sauce

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
3/4 pound pepper jack cheese, shredded, about 2 1/2 cups
Additional toppings to choose from, optional
Sour cream
Chopped spring onions
Chopped black olives
Diced pimento
Sliced avocado, dressed with lemon juice
Hot pepper sauces

1. Arrange a mixture of 2 varieties of corn chips on a very large platter or use your broiler pan as a platter.

2. Combine salsa ingredients in a bowl and set aside for flavours to marry.

3. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add oil, garlic, onion and peppers to the pan and saute 2 minutes, then add meat and crumble with wooden spoon. Season meat with salt, chilli powder, cumin and cayenne pepper sauce. Cook meat 5 minutes, then stir in beans and reduce heat to low.

4. In a medium sauce pot, melt butter and add flour to it. Cook flour and butter 1 to 2 minutes over moderate heat, then whisk in milk. When milk comes to a bubble, stir in cheese with a wooden spoon. Remove cheese sauce from the heat.

5. Pour cheese sauce evenly over the massive spread of chips and top evenly with beef and beans and the pico de gallo. Uber nachos! Serve immediately as is or, garnish with your choice of extra toppings from the toppings list.

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