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Loaded Steak Nachos – The Perfect Game Day Finger Food!
An Easy Nacho Recipe (with a few key tips)
Looking for an easy nacho recipe for the big game? Your guests will love this one and it may be gone before halftime (consider yourself warned!). Loaded Steak Nachos are easy to make, hearty and can be eaten as a finger food /appetizer or as an entrée. The first time I had them was at a sports bar and about half-way through the dish I noticed they weren’t “loaded” enough, my chips were all bare except for a few specs of cheese. When making this dish at home I give generous portions of steak, beans and other toppings so I don’t have any bare chips. One piece of advice to make your loaded steak nachos a hit is to spend a little extra prep time layering the toppings throughout the dish (at restaurants they oftentimes just pile that stuff on top, so only the first half of the dish tastes good).
Another tip is to use adobo sauce in your loaded nacho recipe as it will elevate the taste of the dish to a different level. It gives off more bold flavors than salsa and in my opinion blends with steak beautifully. Make sure to use an authentic brand like La Morena, you’ll be able to taste the difference. Here in San Diego there is an awesome Mexican influence on the food and culture and I am lucky to have some of the best Mexican markets close at-hand. I keep an eye on the brands that my friends and other people buy and the traditional brands that have been around for decades like La Morena are always most popular, I’m very happy to be working with them. You’ll recognize their distinct label and the taste will keep you coming back.
For those Looking for a Healthy Nachos Recipe
If you’re on the hunt for a healthy nacho recipe this is easy to modify accordingly. Just add more vegetables like fresh avocado and sliced tomato and cut back on the amount of cheese. Like any recipe you can always get creative and add in more vegetables. If you do so you have the option to mince tomatoes and lettuce or spinach very and then mix in with the beans. Speaking of beans you can always use black beans as a healthier option to pinto or refried. It’s still not as healthy as many other dishes I’ve prepared, but on game day I let that slide as my primary objectives are to present dishes that are fun, easy to eat and stand out from the rest.
- For Steak:
- 1 Lb Flank Meat
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon La Morena adobo sauce
- salt/pepper as preferred
- For Layering :
- Medium Thich Tortilla Chips
- 1-1/2 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
- 1-1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese
- 6 whole Roma Tomatoes Diced
- 1/2 Leaves bunch Cilantro Chopped
- 1 whole Avocado chopped
- 1 can refried beans
- La Morena Pickled Jalapeno Pepper
- Black Olive
- Heat the garlic, onion in a skillet about 2 minutes
- Season meat with chili powder, Adobo Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, Cayenne Pepper and Cumin
- Cook meat for about 5 minutes or until meat looks ready.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Place the refried beans in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until thoroughly heated.
- To assembly the nachos, place a layer of tortilla chips on a skillet or grill tray.
- Top with a layer of refried beans then steak and 1 cup of cheddar cheese
- Add another layer of chips, a layer of refried beans then steak and monterey cheese
- Add another layer of chips, a layer of refried beans, steak then sprinkle with 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
- Bake in preheated oven until the cheese melts throughout
- Garnish with tomatoes, cilantro leaves, avocado, La Morena Pickled Jalapeño Pepper, Black Olive and Sour Cream before serving
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