Snacktime: Super-Simple Nachos


Since the Super Bowl is just around the corner, I thought I'd post a super-simple nachos recipe. I made these nachos last weekend for the championship games on Sunday. Though I used grass-fed ground beef in the recipe, you could easily swap out the meat with soy crumbles or just double the beans to make a vegetarian option.

Super-Simple Nachos (printer-friendly version)
makes two hearty servings

1/4-lb grass-fed ground beef (I like White Oak Pastures, which can be found at Whole Foods in many areas)
2 cups tortilla chips (I used whole-grain scoops)
1 cup kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup salsa of your choice
3/4 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded (use more or less depending on your love for cheese)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Brown the beef over medium-high heat in a skillet on the stovetop. Scoop the cooked meat onto a plate covered with a paper towel to remove any excess grease. Set aside.
3. Fill the bottom of a 9" pie plate (or other rimmed dish suitable for the oven) with tortilla chips. (If using scoops, make sure they are scoop-side up.)
4. Add the toppings starting with ground beef, then kidney beans, then shredded cheese. Top all with the salsa.
5. Bake in the oven until the cheese is nice and melty, about 5 minutes. (Keep your eyes on the nachos to ensure the cheese doesn't burn.)
6. Let cool slightly and then eat up!
7. Cheer on your team to victory.

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