When the weekend comes, we often throw our health streak down the drain. But what if you didn’t have to? Tasty baked beef nachos treats that are still healthy and easy to make is the right way to give yourself what you crave without feeling bad afterward.
Have a Cheat’s Day That You Won’t Regret with These Baked Beef Nachos
First, gather your meat and beans
As with any nachos, meat and beans are essential. This recipe calls for ground beef, but you can use any meat you have.
Leftover pork or chicken can be shredded and used easily. You can also use canned chicken, canned ham, or Spam, whatever works best for your cooking.
Now, the beans are key, but they don’t have to be kidney beans. Black beans or black-eyed peas work just as well.
If you don’t want to use any beans, consider adding corn instead, for crunch.
It’s time to discuss the vegetables and seasoning
While diced potatoes are healthier and used here, you can use canned potatoes if that’s all you have.
If that isn’t an option, get those tortilla chips out and use them instead. But adjust the baking time if you do.
As for the cheese soup and milk, these two can be replaced without much problem.
Use that leftover sour cream, the cheddar cheese you normally use, or the canned cheese in your pantry.
The vegetables are key, but you don’t have to use only green chilies and tomato paste. Use drained diced tomatoes, or ketchup and water if there isn’t another option.
If you don’t like or can’t find green chilies, then use green bell peppers or onions.
Finally, the water here is key for making everything come together. But if you have leftover or old stock, use it in place.
In the end, you’ll have a very decadent, yet still healthy, baked nachos platter all for yourself, or to share if you’re inclined to.
Baked Beef NachosCourse: Appetizers
1 lb (450 g) ground beef
1 can 15 oz (375 g) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp onion powder
1 packet 1 oz (25 g) taco seasoning
1 can 4.5 oz (approx 112 g) tomato paste
1/2 cup (240 ml) water
3 cups (384 g) cooked diced potato
1 can 4.5 oz (approx 112 g) diced green chilies
1 can 10 oz (250 g) condensed cheddar cheese soup
1 cup (240 ml) milk
1/2 tsp sugar
- Before you do anything, preheat the oven to 350 F (176 C).
- Cook the ground beef in a skillet, you can use a spoon to break it up.Then remove excess grease.
- Next, add in the beans, onion powder, taco seasoning, tomato paste, and water. Mix well. In a 1.8-liter casserole dish, layout and spread the mixture at the bottom.
- Get a medium-sized bowl and combine the potatoes and chilies. Mix well. Then pour it over the beef mixture in the pan.
- Now you can use the same bowl to combine the soup, milk, and sugar. Then pour it over the pan.
- Cover and put it in the oven. Bake for 1 hr. Then remove the cover and bake it for another 15 min.
- Remove from the oven and let it stand for 10 min.
- Serve and enjoy.