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Not Your Regular Nachos: Nacho Bites

This week I had my banker over for dinner and I decided to wow him with a Tex-Mex-inspired meal. Naturally, nachos were on the menu. Since I wanted something a little healthier than chips and melted cheese for the main course, I served the nachos as appetizers. To make them bite sized, I used Tostitos scoops. Each chip bowl is filled with a classic ground beef taco mixture and topped with cheese. The mini edible bowls are broiled until the cheese is melted and the chips are crispy.

These nachos are incredibly scrumptious and this recipe is easily adaptable, so feel free to get creative! The scoops would be wonderfully delicious with grilled chicken or black beans. For more details on my variation,

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Nacho Bites

Nacho Bites

Nacho Bites

Ingredients

For Meat Filling
2 tablespoons corn oil
1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded (if you like it hot include the seeds) and minced
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Kosher salt
4 whole peeled canned tomatoes, chopped and about 1/4 cup of their juices
3/4 pound lean ground sirloin beef
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
For nachos
12 Tostitos Scoops
1/2-1 cup grated cheese (recommended a mixture of Gouda and extra sharp cheddar cheese)
Guacamole and Salsa, optional for serving

Directions

  1. Make ground beef filling: put the oil, onions, garlic, and spices in a medium skillet, season with salt and cook over medium to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Increase the heat to medium high, add the tomatoes, and their juices and boil to thicken, about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the beef and chicken broth, adjust the heat so the mixture simmers and cook until the beef is cooked through and the mixture thickens, about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in cilantro, taste, and season with salt and pepper as desired. Remove from heat.
  5. Make the nachos: turn the oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place 12 Tostitos scoops on the pan. Use only chips that are shaped like a bowl.
  6. Fill each scoop with 1/2 teaspoon of the ground beef mixture. Sprinkle with grated cheese to cover, taking care not to spill cheese all over the pan.
  7. Broil for 3-5 minutes, watching carefully to ensure they don't burn, until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and the chips are crisp and golden brown. Remove pan from oven.
  8. Working quickly, top each scoop with a small dollop of guacamole and a drop of salsa, if desired.
  9. Transfer to serving platter and enjoy!

Serves 3.


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Sweet-Tea58 Sweet-Tea58 8 years
This sounds awsome I want to try it on my boyfriend
tfabulous tfabulous 8 years
Yummy! I can't wait to make these for the upcoming basketball games.
Ultress Ultress 8 years
uh...weren't there any that weren't charred to the high heavens to photograph? guess it looks alright but only if you've got enough people for an assembly line to put these puppies together.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Aww they look yum!
Annika2494003 Annika2494003 8 years
Those look like heaven to me!
Jenny86 Jenny86 8 years
These look gourmet and extra chic. Never would have thought that these were Tostitos!
luckykarma luckykarma 8 years
i so cannot wait to try these...i will do several types though like you suggested and what others have said in comments so far. i will do yours, and the chicken and beans, and refried beans and i will also try little mini beef cubes with chili and cheese, i bet that would be sooo good.
megan921 megan921 8 years
yum yum yum
missmarina20 missmarina20 8 years
those look so good
glamorouschic glamorouschic 8 years
looks good... but kinda burnt... hehehe... full of carcinogens... hehehe... lol
caligirl101 caligirl101 8 years
yummy! I've got to try those.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 8 years
These look DELISH! Too bad I'm trying to lose weight - boo!
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
I love making these. I do it exactly the same. I serve sourcream, guac, black olives, and salsa on the side. Great for parties, or just a movie night at home!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Perfect for my "mini" food themes. Party you must be rolling in the dough (and I don't mean pie) if you have your own banker.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 8 years
Maybe I'll make these as a treat for my bf. He loves nachos. It will be like a thank you for putting up with all my super healthy dinners I make him eat (broiled fish, steamed veggies) all the time.
rb24 rb24 8 years
So cute for a party
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
These sound super tasty! But there's something about pictures of nachos that always look really unattractive to me...
verily verily 8 years
mmmmmmmm. That's a classic nacho right there. I like mine with refried beans, a sprinkling of cheddar, and a pickled jalapeno slice on top. I might give your beef filling a try though.
nancita nancita 8 years
The little individual nacho cups look so sophisticated!
hkdkat hkdkat 8 years
These made me want nachos for lunch so I had to go out and get chicken nachos!
sonnabobble sonnabobble 8 years
i think i'd use grilled chicken and peppers...sort of a fajita nacho. then top with cheese and guacamole!
livilou livilou 8 years
And by the way thanks YUM! Im stuck at wortk and I really want nachos now!!!!
livilou livilou 8 years
Those look really good! But I know I will never make them. If it was up to me I would get those chips- get some hambuger meat and cook it with like a taco seasoning or something- throw the meat in the chips and sprinkle some cheese on top and broil for long enough for the cheese to melt and be done with it!!!! Im not a chef, can you tell?? Hahaha :P
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Yeah i'm a little on the fence. They look good, but does seem like a pain to make about fifty of those things. Wonder if I could just make the meat, put it in a bowl with the cheese and stuff on top - then have people dip the nachos into that?
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