Nachos for a Crowd

Nachos for a Crowd

I’ll never be too good for nachos.  Never.
DSC_0674Who 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….?

DSC_0671The 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

lime juice

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)

DSC_7173This 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
DSC_7224Throw 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.