Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pan Nachos/Salsa/Guacamole

Some days, life calls for a super quick, easy, basic ingredient dinner. Well, the other night, that was pan nachos. Now, there's no real recipe for pan nachos. You put what ever you want on them. But all nachos need a few basic ingredients. Chips, cheese, black beans, and seasoned hamburger. I really hate store bought seasoning, so here's the stuff I use...this is for 1 lb browned burger.

Taco Seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pepper

Brown your beef, drain fat (if there is any), and add the seasoning. Now your meat is ready!

If you have black beans on hand, great! I had some in the fridge left over from burritos. Use about 1 cup of those.

Layer chips, cheese, beef, and beans on a pan. Top with all the veggies you want like green peppers, olives, tomatoes, etc.

Bake on 350 until the cheese bubbles.

I like mine with gallons of lettuce, guacamole, salsa, and a dab of sour cream. Yummy!

Oh, and do you want the best guacamole recipe ever? It's by a lady named Edith. It never lasts more than a meal or two in this house!

3 avocados
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 onion, minced
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
1/2 roma tomato, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all together and let sit so the flavors can meld.

I bet you want some amazing salsa, too...Well, my mom claims the top recipe for that! I can it in giant batches. That's not an exaggeration, either!You can make this in a much smaller batch adn jsut have it in your fridge, though, too!

Janine's Salsa

12 tomatoes
2 green peppers
2 jalapenos (or more...)
1/2 bundle cilantro
2 onions
4 long banana peppers (I use hungarian wax)
Chop up all these ingredients and pour into pot. Add
1 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/4 tablespoon sugar
1-2 cans tomato paste

Simmer for a half hour. That's it!
And oh, how delicious!! Be sure to have a bag of chips on hand when you make this. You need to *uhm* test *ehem* it as it cooks to, well, you know...add more stuff...or not.. =)

Fresh out of the oven!
 All done up yummy. I like lotsa lettuce and guac.

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