Super Nachos

Total Time:
30 min
15 min
15 min

4 entree servings

  • 2 bags corn tortilla chips in 2 colors or different flavors, such as blue corn, red corn, yellow corn, lime flavored, chili flavored or black bean chips -- pick 2 favorites
  • 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, cilantro leaves, finely chopped -- substitute parsley if cilantro is not to your liking
  • Salt
  • 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 chili 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
  • 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 scallions
  • Chopped black olives
  • Diced pimento
  • Sliced avocado, dressed with lemon juice
  • Hot pepper sauces

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

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

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, chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper sauce. Cook meat 5 minutes, then stir in beans and reduce heat to low.

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.

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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    The meat is awesome! I used it on nachos on Super Bowl. People really enjoyed the flavor of the meat. The cheese sauce was AWFUL! I wound up throwing it away & putting shredded cheese on the nachos, then melting in the oven.
    This Recipe is a Example of Someone with lot Friends and family Voting for her, YUCK!
    This was awful! Notice that most of the people that gave this a high rating changed the recipe. The sauce is gloopy blob of tastelessness. I'd rather have day-old nachos from the movie theater than eat this again.
    So, I read through all 160 reviews before preparing these nachos for my family for the 2014 Super Bowl. I took the advice that was given overwhelmingly: I DID NOT MELT THE CHEESE. Instead, I combined the shredded cheeses (Kraft Shredded Nacho Cheeses Blend + Sharp Cheddar) in a bowl and then layered on top of the nachos. I added Taco Seasoning, Old Bay, Onion Salt, and Minced Garlic to the meat and threw in the black beans, which, along with the chopped sauteed onions made the meat very flavorful. (Great call, Rachel, on using BLACK BEANS instead of refried beans!!) Finally, I used lime flavored Tostitos instead of regular corn chips, and placed pre-chopped green onions, sliced, pitted olives, sliced jalapenos, and sour cream atop the meat. Dear God, the flavor was TO DIE FOR!!! I never even got around to making any pico de gallo; the flavor was so robust, and delicious that it was unnecessary. WAY too much for 5 people, though. 1.5 lbs of ground sirloin can feed about 10, maybe 15.
    These were awesome! Doubled the meat and cheese sauce...make sure you put enough cheese in so its not runny. My first time making my own pico di galo sauce...makes the nachos!
    Take Note! Look at how many folks modified the recipe & preparation. Do Not follow the directions as presented. Ms. Ray is correct when she says "You don't even need a fork for this meal." What you'll need is spoon. Its like oversized soggy corn flakes that are somewhat spicy yet bland. What's the point in covering up those fanciful multi-colored chips so you can't see them? The cheese sauce sucks. Just layer the other ingredients, put shredded cheese ON TOP, leave the chips on the side & you'll have something edible.
    Just made this for the first time. Really fantastic! They're like guiltless nachos! I read the comments before making the nachos. I read a lot about the cheese sauce being bland and causing the nachos to be soggy, so I left that out. I decided to just top it with cheese. 
    I also decided to make it so the nachos could be built according to individual taste. I had all the ingredients ready, but people just built their own when they wanted them. This way, the nachos didn't get soggy. It was really fantastic. I'll make it again for sure!
    Made these for the first time today....they were yummo! Made 2x as much as I thought. Time consuming to make but worth it. Next time, I think I would make the cheese a little spicier or maybe add some sliced jalapenos.
    This was edible but it was very bland. I exerted a lot of effort to put this together and I was a little disappointed with the result. I probably won't make this recipe again.
    It was great! For those that are having problems with it being soft, you shouldn't mix the entire batch. I only mixed what we were going to eat. I also heated the chips for 2 minutes prior to putting the toppings on too. I tasted the meat after cooking it and decided it wasn't enough seasoning so I added a little more of each seasoning. Also, you can do without making the cheese sauce; you can just shred the cheese and put it on top. Rachael's recipes are a hit and a miss but this one is a hit!
    real good easy to make. one thing if your not gonna eat them all dont mix it together hard to keep leftovers.
    I used cheddar cheese for the sauce, as that was what I had on hand. I didn't have all the ingredients on hand for the pico de gallo, so I used a can of tomatoes with chiles that I brightened with the cilantro and lime juice. The overall effect was still very simple and very tasty.
    Awesome recipe. The cheese sauce was a little thick to my liking but I can adjust that.
    Followed everything in the recipe. The cheese sauce was not smooth. Served this for a friend & hubby right on the kicked off time of a football game and the chips got soggy before the 1st quarter ended. I noticed our friend didnt really dig in that much, we got 3/4 of this food left on the dish & threw it out! I dont think anybody will like soggy nachos left over. Its not worth all my effort & not making this again!
    The cheese sauce was really loose and never really thickened up. My husband didn't like it. We threw out half the nachos b/c they were so soggy. Melted cheese is much better. I wanted this to be good, but it wasn't.
    The BEST nacho recipe! This is so simple and so delicious! I have had trouble with the cheese sauce, since the first time I made it though. This is one of my favorite go-to dinners for a small group of friends... especially a group of boys!
    These are AMAZING!!! This is one of my favorite RR recipies! To make it even easier, if you have a Trader's near you, just use their Pico. Definitely stick with RR's cheese sauce though- delicioso!
    Search no more. This is the best recipe for cheese sauce and beef/beans topping. I love black beans (kidney - yuck and the flavors of cumin and garlic....mmm. Use whatever salsa and guacamole recipe you like, but this cheese sauce is so creamy and thick, quick and easy. Really fun for the kids too.
    Excellent over the top nachos.
     I made some minor adjustment for my personal taste to reduce th4 heat:
     - No jalapeno pepper on the meat sauce
     - Replaced half the amount of pepper jack cheese with longhorn cheddar
     - Home made bake chips
     Otherwise I stuck to the recipe and really enjoyed the taste. I made the meat and beans as well as the pico de gallo ahead, making only the cheese sauce right before serving
     Big thumbs up
    These were great! Killer football food! The beef and beans mix was so good and a bit different from my usual taco meat. Give this a try and you won't be sorry!
    I tried it and it's good but not great. There's too much going on. Nachos are a simple type of appetizer. I omit the meat and it's spices and use pinto beans. If you must season the beans, a little bit of cumin and sauteed onion is more than enough. I use velveta "cheese" just because of it's meltability and no flour nor butter (unnecessary cals. I use crema, it tastes better and spreads over nachos very nicely. Instead of avocados, I whipped up a small batch of guacamole. No sauces for me, just jalapenos slices all over. If you want more heat add more peppers.
    Missing: a dash of chili. I tried this recipe yesterday for our neighbors. They loved it. I made it a bit more spicy for them and I used Buffalo meat instead. The children enjoyed it as well. My daughter said that it was too spicy and that it could probably burn off a birthmark. haha. I try to be hip and innovative with these recipes. We learned to eat spicier and more daring ingredients from our time spent in Phoenix, AZ. Sometimes my crazy recipes require medical attention afterwards. :-
    Made this last night for mom's day had a party of 6 doubled the recipe & it made more than enough i made it with 3 pounds of meat. I also used ground chuck instead of ground sirloin. the salsa that it made was great! when you make the salsa chop the onions and toms. small. they didn't have any sm. onions so i just used one BIG one which worked fine although this recipe has 2 jalapenio peppers it's not very hot. the cheese sauce that i made was good i would leave the flour out though because it made the sause a lil grainy. you need to make the cheese sauce last because when it cools it's not as good. when you make the meat you need to be sure to have a BIG pan to make it, i made mine in 2 pans the directions aren't to clear on what to do with the meat everyoe probally know's this but i didn't. brown the meat & put the onions and such with it then fully cook the meat & drain the grease THEN put in the spices that was something i got confused on. also this took me 3.5 hrs to make
    I made this cheese sauce with the pepper jack and milk and it completely fell apart (seperated. It got cold before pouring over the whole dish and reheating it made it garbage. Don't recommend this kind of cheese at all.
    Everything was good but the cheese sauce and i would not put the chips on the bottom. Soggy chips on nachos is not good! I put them the edge for decoration and put the rest on the side.
    The ground beef mixture is really yummy. I made individual portions so I didn't have any problems with soggy chips. My three star rating is because of the cheese sauce. I liked the flavor of it just fine, it was the consistency that was so weird. The texture was grainy and it was runny. It was a major turn off for me as it is the main star, to me, in nachos. My family liked the recipe, but if I were you look for a better cheese sauce recipe. After reading reviews, I wasn't the only one who ran into that problem with the cheese sauce.
    These nachos were so good! The pick de gallo was simple, and tasted so great. For my family this made a lot of leftovers. I loved every bite....even reheated. 
    I opted not to make the cheese sauce, instead I sprinkled some shredded cheddar on the chips and nuked it for 20-30 seconds. No complaints! 
    Thanks Rachel!!
    This is my new go-to Nacho recipe. I did modify some by buying the Pico de Gallo Salsa from the Deli counter at my local grocery store. Instead of using the jalepeno, salt, chili powder, and cumin for the beef topping, I used a package of my favorite Taco seasoning. I also added a pinch of salt to the cheese sauce, which made the sauce outstanding!! I agree, it was a bit bland before adding a pinch of salt. I would highly recommend to plate individually, to avoid soggy chips. This also made it easy to have left overs later on!
    Liked all the yummy toppings, but I agree with the other posters that the cheese sauce is not a win.
    Very, very good! I'm slow in the kitchen, so it took me longer than the 30 minutes to prepare. Everyone loved it. The leftovers were as good, if not better than the first time. I didn't put everything on the nachos so they wouldn't get soggy. When we ran out of chips, we used soft taco shells...still very good.
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