What’s for Dinner? Today is National Nacho Day!

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NATIONAL NACHO DAY

National Nachos Day is celebrated annually on November 6.

I’m always looking for great meal ideas, that will satisfy the family. I get so irritated when dinner is finished, kitchen is cleaned, and I haven’t even turned off the lights yet, and the children are back in the kitchen, saying “I’m still hungry” REALLY?!?!?!?!?!?

Nachos can be a VERY filling & Fun meal. Use your imagination! In their simplest form, nachos are tortilla chips covered in nacho cheese or other melted cheese and served with salsa.

Here is the basic recipe, but of course anything goes. I tend to put all on a cookie sheet, (except the cold dressings, ie sour cream) and stick in broiler for a few minutes.

Delicious Nachos Supreme

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  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Servings: 6-8

About This Recipe

“Perfect party food! — this is one of my all time favorite nacho recipes that I have made many times in the past, and I guarantee you will love this! — all amounts may be adjusted to taste and double the recipe if desired but keep the garlic no more than 2 tablespoons, if you really want to go all out add in a can of drained black beans to the ground beef mixture! 1/2 pound Italian sausages with casings removed can be mixed with the ground beef if desired, to turn up the heat use a package of taco seasoning mix or spicy salsa and add in cayenne or dried chili flakes — for the best flavor make certain to brown the meat well :)”

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      • 1 lb lean ground beef
      • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
      • 1 -2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
      • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped ( or to taste)
      • 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
      • 2 -3 tablespoons chili powder ( or can use 1 package mild or spicy taco seasoning mix)
      • 1 1/2 cups refried beans ( can use more)
      • 1 (16 ounce) jars salsa ( mild or spicy)
      • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
      • seasoning salt
      • black pepper
      • tortilla chips ( use any amount desired)

TOPPINGS

    • 1 cup sour cream ( can use more)
    • 3 -4 green onions, chopped ( can use more)
    • 2 large firm plum tomatoes, finely chopped
    • sliced black olives

Directions

  1. In a large skillet cook the ground beef with onions, garlic, jalapeno peppers, green bell pepper and chili powder; cook stirring until meat is no longer pink; drain all fat well, continue to cook until the meat is well browned (the beef must be well browned!).
  2. Add in refried beans, salsa; cook stirring until heated through.
  3. Add in 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese; stir until melted.
  4. Place the tortilla chips on a large serving platter.

Directions

  1. Top with ground beef mixture, then sprinkle the top of the HOT ground beef mixture with about 1-1/2 cups (or to taste) grated cheddar cheese.
  2. Top with sour cream, green onions, chopped tomatoes and sliced black olives.
  3. Serve hot or warm.
  4. Delicious!

By Kittencal@recipezazz on January 19, 2007

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First created sometime around 1943, the popular and loved nachos are of Mexican origin.  Nachos can be made quickly and served as a snack, an appetizer or prepared with extra ingredients as a full meal.

It is believed that Ignaci “Nacho” Anaya created the original nachos in the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.  The story is told of a group of wives of United States soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass were in Piedras Negras on a shopping trip.  When done shopping, they arrived late to a restaurant after it had closed for the day.   Maître d, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya served them a snack which he invented from what little was available in the kitchen: tortillas and cheese.  Anaya cut the tortillas into triangles, topped them with shredded cheddar cheese and quickly heated them.  He then added sliced jalapeno peppers and served them to the ladies.   When Anaya was asked what the dish was called, he replied, “Nacho’s especiales“.  As the word of this new creation traveled, people tried them, loved them and overtime, the name changed and Nacho’s “specials” became “special nachos”.

The original recipe is printed in the
1954 St. Anne’s Cookbook. 

The popularity of the new dish spread swiftly throughout Texas and the Southwest and has since gained millions of fans across America.

Nachos with an abundance of toppings are often called
“loaded nachos” or “super nachos”.

Some of the popular nachos toppings include: re-fried beans, ground beef, shredded beef, chicken, seafood, shredded cheese, jalapeno peppers, green pepper,  lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, onion, sour cream, and guacamole. courtesy of: http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-nachos-day-november-6/

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