Chili-Cheese Party Nachos

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Two of my favorite food staples are corn tortilla chips and Jalapenos. More often, than not, the phone rings and before I know it, family and friends are headed to my house to watch a game and eat. Chili-cheese nachos are a quick go-to meal that takes only 30 minutes to prepare. I’ll let you in on a little secret I have been known to make an extra batch of this health chili and freeze it so that when the phone rings all I have to do is thaw and warm on the stove top, saving even more time!

To make it fun, (and keep yourself out of the kitchen when company arrives) I prepare all the toppings ahead of time. Grab a few bowls and fill with various toppings for your guests to add to their nachos.

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time15 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time30 mins

 1 lb lean organic ground beef
 1 can black beansrinsed and drained
 ¾ cup white onionfinely chopped
 ¾ cup red bell pepperfinely chopped
 6 cloves garlicfinely chopped
 2 tbsp chili powder
 1 tbsp ground cumin
 2 tsp dried oregano
 14 oz can diced tomatoes
 ¼ cup water
 8 oz corn tortilla chips
 2 cups cheddar or pepper jack cheeseshredded
Toppings:
 chopped white onion
 sliced jalepenos
 sliced avocados
 chopped tomatoes
 chopped cilantro leaves
 low-fat plain Greek yogurtor light sour cream

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2

Cook hamburger, onion, bell pepper, garlic and spices in a large skillet over medium-high heat, about 8-10 Minutes. Once meat is broken up and brown, stir in diced tomatoes with juice and water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add black beans and stir to incorporate evenly.

3

Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment or aluminum foil and layer trays with chips. Top chips with chili and sprinkle with cheese over the top. Bake until cheese is melted, about 7 Minutes.

4

Place pot warmers on table and take baking sheets out of oven and place a top to protect table from the heat.

5

Place plates and serving spoons for each of the toppings on the table and guests can create their own nachos to their liking. Enjoy!

6

NOTES: If you are using a batch of chili previously frozen, thaw in a skillet over medium-high heat, about 10-12 Minutes. Break up into chunks. Add ¼ cup water or low sodium beef broth to reconstitute the meat. Follow all other steps as written.

Ingredients

 1 lb lean organic ground beef
 1 can black beansrinsed and drained
 ¾ cup white onionfinely chopped
 ¾ cup red bell pepperfinely chopped
 6 cloves garlicfinely chopped
 2 tbsp chili powder
 1 tbsp ground cumin
 2 tsp dried oregano
 14 oz can diced tomatoes
 ¼ cup water
 8 oz corn tortilla chips
 2 cups cheddar or pepper jack cheeseshredded
Toppings:
 chopped white onion
 sliced jalepenos
 sliced avocados
 chopped tomatoes
 chopped cilantro leaves
 low-fat plain Greek yogurtor light sour cream

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2

Cook hamburger, onion, bell pepper, garlic and spices in a large skillet over medium-high heat, about 8-10 Minutes. Once meat is broken up and brown, stir in diced tomatoes with juice and water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add black beans and stir to incorporate evenly.

3

Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment or aluminum foil and layer trays with chips. Top chips with chili and sprinkle with cheese over the top. Bake until cheese is melted, about 7 Minutes.

4

Place pot warmers on table and take baking sheets out of oven and place a top to protect table from the heat.

5

Place plates and serving spoons for each of the toppings on the table and guests can create their own nachos to their liking. Enjoy!

6

NOTES: If you are using a batch of chili previously frozen, thaw in a skillet over medium-high heat, about 10-12 Minutes. Break up into chunks. Add ¼ cup water or low sodium beef broth to reconstitute the meat. Follow all other steps as written.

Chili-Cheese Party Nachos