Friday, January 31, 2014

Great Food: Nachos

I have a great recipe for simple nachos that I love more than most other comfort foods that I can think of. It's kinda like a layer dip or casserole, and it's simple to make. Here's what you need:

1-14 oz can of Fat Free, Reduced Sodium Refried Beans
1-Pound of 97% Lean Hamburger
1-14 oz can of Reduced Sodium Black Olives, sliced or roughly chopped
1-Cup of Thick Salsa (the thin, liquidy stuff will make it too runny)
4-6 oz (by weight not volume) of Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

Meanwhile, brown the hamburger, and spread the refried beans evenly over the bottom of an 8"x8" or 9"x9" (either size will work) baking dish (glass is preferred). When hamburger is browned, spread it evenly over the beans. Then sprinkle the olives over the hamburger, followed by an even coat of salsa. It may be easiest to loosely pour the salsa over the entire dish, then spread it out with a rubber spatula.

Finally, coat the top of the dish with cheese, making sure to get cheese all the way to the edge of the baking dish so that it will seal in the other ingredients. Then throw it in the oven (not literally, of course) for 25 minutes. But check it after fifteen to make sure the cheese isn't burning (it shouldn't at 325).

Let cool for ten to fifteen minutes, and enjoy with tortilla chips and a beer.

Now what beer should you choose? Since this is going to be slightly salty and very savory (despite the low sodium ingredients), I recommend something light and refreshing to cleanse the palate. Something like Ska Brewing's Mexican Logger or Oskar Blues' Mamma's Little Yellow Pils. If you like Corona, go for it! But that's not my preference, so I don't recommend it.

Enjoy!

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