Nacho Casserole made with layers of ground beef, tomatoes, tortilla chips and lots of cheese!!
I’m about to toot my own horn, but I made the best EVERRRR chocolate cake for his birthday. Double Chocolate Cake, that is. It’s almost better than the Black Magic Cake I made a few months back.
After everyone went to bed, I sat there contemplating whether I should pull out the 2 leftover slices and just inhale them. Eating chocolate-cake at night after everyone is in bed is SO wrong to do, but it feels soooooo right! And damn good!
We’ll come back to this cake in the coming days. Today is about this cheesy, delicious mess (in a good way) called Nacho Casserole. Aaaaand $300 at Amazon!! LUCKY YOU!
Apparently, Spring 2014 is stuck in November. I’m still wearing a coat and eating casseroles. A.K.A., comfort food.
Nachos remind me of 2004. It was like medicine that cured each hangover. What. a. remedy.
I’m no longer curing hangovers (cough), but I am curing everyone’s cravings for nachos. However, if someone other than myself tried to serve me nachos in casserole-form, I’d be like, what’s the diff??? But, there is a diff! More meat, more cheese, extra layers, baked… it’s different, I promise. It’s like a flavor explosion over here. Pinky swear!
I always tell you this and I always mean it. Do yourself a flavor-favor and make this, stat! The family will thank you. Then there’s the other favor you can do for yourself – scroll down, enter the giveaway and win a $300 Amazon Gift Card!!
You will need:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1-pound 98% lean ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/3 cup water
1 can (14.5-oz.) diced tomatoes *or* 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes, divided
2 cups crushed tortilla chips, divided
4 cups mild cheddar cheese, divided
chopped lettuce, for garnish
fresh diced tomatoes, for garnish
1 avocado, sliced, for garnish
1 cup light sour cream
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
Add onion and ground beef; season with salt and pepper and continue to cook until beef is browned.
Season with chili powder, garlic powder, pepper flakes, paprika and cumin.
Add water, stir well, and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes; cook for 3 minutes.
Remove from heat.
In a 2 quart casserole dish, layer the ground beef mixture, followed by the tortilla chips and 2 cups of cheese.
Repeat the process, ending with the remaining cheese on top.
Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Garnish with lettuce, fresh tomatoes, avocado slices and sour cream.
Serves 4 to 6.
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