I’ll never be too good for nachos. Never.
Who can deny the healing properties of a mound of tortilla chips topped with slow-braised shredded beef, aged cheddar cheese, fresh guacamole, jalapenos, clouds of sour cream and more….?
The best thing about this recipe is that the beef cooks in the crockpot overnight. That’s right. You can throw it all together in under five minutes, cook the heck out of it all night, then the next day, shred it. The second-best thing about this recipe is that it makes FOUR HUGE PANS of nachos. That’s enough to serve 12-20 people. If you’re having a Super Bowl party or another kind of game-day party, or if you have seven kids like me who are always in-and-out the door with friends and neighbors and stragglers, then you’re going to want to add this to your repertoire.
You will need (the jist of it, anyway) :
Four big bags of tortilla chips
A big block of aged cheddar (like Tillamook)
My BRAISED BEEF RECIPE ****more about the beef roast below****
A few avocados
Cholula hot sauce
A big thing of sour cream
A jar of pickled jalapenos (if you’re into that)
a bunch of fresh cilantro
ground cumin (from the spice aisle)
This all starts with my Braised Beef Recipe, only this time we’ll cook it for twelve hours. You can read that post HERE, but I’ll recap right now for those of you who aren’t interested in clicking around…
Bottom (or top) round beef roast, about 3-4 lbs
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs Salt
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp black pepper
Throw all those ingredients in a crockpot. You don’t have to be meticulous here. Just throw them all in, and set to low for twelve hours. If you start this early enough in the morning you can plan on it for dinner that night, but I suggest you cook it overnight. It will be ready for your Super Bowl party or other game day party the next morning.
The next morning, take the roast out of the crock pot and shred it all. I find that using a serrated knife is the easiest way to pull the roast apart. Now take all the meat and throw it right back in the sauce.
We are going to add to my BRAISED BEEF RECIPE to make it worthy of nachos. So, after you’ve cooked it all night, and after you’ve shredded it, ADD: 3 Tbs Cholula hot sauce, and 2 tsp of ground cumin. Stir to combine. Now it’s ready to crown some tortilla chips.
Okay now, pay attention because this is important: You can leave your crockpot on “keep warm” for a few hours, or you can cool the whole mixture and put it in the fridge. I’ve been making these nachos A LOT lately for my family. It’s very easy to cook the meat ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for a quick throw-together meal.
If you’re making this for a game-day party, just set the crockpot to “keep warm” and you can make batches of nachos as the day goes by.
Pour one whole bag of tortilla chips on a baking pan. Top the chips with 1/4 of the shredded beef.
Top it all with a couple cups of shredded cheese. Pop it into the oven at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.
While your batch of nachos is in the oven, make some quick guacamole. With nachos as decadent as this, you’re going to want a straightforward, easy guacamole. Keep it simple. Peel and pit one avocado. Squash it all on a plate with a fork and add 1 tsp of lime juice, about three pinches of salt and a sprinkling of pepper. People like fresh guacamole, so every time you make a new batch of nachos (this recipe makes four batches, remember?), make a new batch of guacamole to go with it. Can’t go wrong.
Easy as can be. And it smells AMAZING.
Now it’s time for toppings…..
People love to top their own nachos. I mean, if it were up to me the whole gigantic batch would be swimming in jalapenos. But we can’t impose that on our kids or guests, so let them top their nachos the way they want.
Make a little “nacho bar”. Set out bowls of guacamole, sour cream, fresh cilantro, pickled jalapenos, salsa, maybe even some green onions and black olives if you would like.
Keep the hot sauce near by.
Serve with lots of cold beer. If you’re into that.
It will be a hit!