I saw the recipe for a plain no-meat version of these Nachos on the back of a Doritos packet a few years ago. I decided to add minced (ground) beef, and it’s now one of our favourites. However, if you are vegetarian, you can substitute one can (400g/14oz) of red kidney beans (drained and rinsed) instead of the beef.
I think one of the reasons it is so good is the creamy, gooey-ness of the cheese. This is created by the inclusion of Kraft Easy Cheese. This is basically processed cheese in a jar but when you heat it up it’s just great! (I did eat it straight from the jar once to try it – trust me when I say that isn’t its best format!). If you can’t get this jar cheese (as I call it), then you can use cream cheese instead.
(This will easily serve 2 people as a main meal, or 4 people as part of a bigger Mexican feast)
- 400g/14 oz minced (ground) beef
- 1 jar (300g/10oz) tomato salsa (I use Doritos mild salsa)
- approx 250g/9oz corn chips
- 1/2 jar (115g/4 oz) Kraft Easy Cheese (I use the Light version)
- approx 100g/3.5oz grated cheese
- You could also add some sliced jalapenos if you like more spice to your Nachos.
- Heat your oven to 200C/fan forced 180C/390F.
- Heat a little oil in a saucepan, then add the minced beef. Stir until the beef is browned.
- Add all but about 2 tablespoons of the salsa to the saucepan and stir to mix with the beef. Cook for 2 minutes on a medium heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
- Place your corn chips in an ovenproof dish.
- Pour the beef/salsa mixture over the corn chips, then carefully mix to distribute the beef amongst the chips.
- Put the remaining small amount of salsa over the top of the chips/beef.
- Then put teaspoonfuls of the Kraft Easy Cheese over the top of the chips/beef. Try to space these spoonfuls relatively evenly over the whole dish.
- If you want to add sliced jalapenos, then put them on the top at this point.
- Cover with your grated cheese.
- Put in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until all the cheese has melted and is starting to brown. (Tip: if you can, switch your oven off and turn on your grill/broiler to brown the cheese a little more).
- Leave to cool for a couple of minutes, but if you like you can serve in the oven dish (BE CAREFUL as the dish will still be extremely hot, so make sure you protect your table top adequately!)
- Enjoy with sour cream and guacamole if desired.