Easy Nachos to make up for the fact that you missed #TacoTuesday (again)

You know how often I forget to do #TacoTuesday? (Answer: Every week)

I stopped making myself feel bad about it though after I discovered that making a giant tray of nachos was easier and just as delicious.

Here's what you need to make a giant tray of nachos:
  • (1) bag of your favorite tortilla chips - I try to use the "scoops" kind and Tostitos makes decent ones but so does Aldi
  • (1) bag of shredded cheddar cheese (or a block that you can grate yourself)
  • (1) lb or more of ground meat of your choosing - we always use 80/20 ground beef
  • (1) packet of taco seasoning - whatever brand is your favorite
  • (1) head of iceberg lettuce
  • (1) jar of salsa OR if you want to make fresh pico de gallo - about a half dozen tomatoes on the vine (and fresh cilantro, whole limes, and red onions)
  • (1) can of refried beans
  • Extras of whatever you like - sour cream, avocadoes/guacamole, cilantro lime rice, etc.
And here are the general directions of how I go about making them...

Step one: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Chop your fresh veggies and/or make your pico de gallo. (if that's your thing)

Step two: Line a huge baking sheet/cookie sheet with foil (it's easier to clean up later). Place your chips out in a single layer. Put a little bit of refried beans inside each chip.

Step three: Cook your ground meat to the specifications according to how you like it and according to the directions on the seasoning packet. When the meat is done, spread the meat across all the chips. Put as much shredded cheese on it all as you like it.

Step four: Put everything in the oven until the cheese melts. Do not add the fresh veggies until after you take it out of the oven otherwise it will wilt the lettuce/fresh veggies.

Step five: Once the cheese is melted, take everything out of the oven and top it all with your fresh veggies of choice.

Step six: Serve immediately. Use a spatula to serve it all up. Garnish with sour cream, guacamole, etc. 

And this is how we make nachos vs. having tacos. It's so much easier and less fuss and it basically tastes the same. We eat these at least every other week but sometimes more often because it's so cheap and fun to make and eat.