Loaded Cajun Nachos

I tried this recipe out a month or two ago and LOVED how quick it was to make and how tasty it was. Its not a party unless you have loaded nachos. Super easy for football game parties at your home, tailgates, or just great for a snack.

Ingredients:

1 pound of crawfish

½ pound of diced bacon

1.5 ground beef

1 onion diced

1 green bell pepper diced

3 teaspoons of garlic

1 ½ teaspoons black pepper

2 tablespoons chile powder

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons smoked paprika, hot or mild

1 teaspoon light brown sugar

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon cornstarch

½ to ⅔ cup chicken stock or water

1 12 ounce bag corn tortilla chips

1 cup of jalapenos

Slap Ya Mama or Tony Chachere

1-1/2 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese

1-1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese

Extras Once Finished: sour cream, diced tomatoes, pinto beans, splashes of lime or lemon, avocados, or lettuce.  

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat cook bacon thoroughly. Once the bacon has cooked, set it aside. Once it cooled, I just crumble the bacon strips into bacon bits.
  2. I bought boiled crawfish and peeled them. For those buying crawfish in store, cook thoroughly as per instructions and add Tony Chachere or Slap Ya Mama’s seasoning for taste.
  3. I typically use the same skillet I cooked the bacon in to cook my ground beef since the bacon fat adds to the flavoring. However, you can always get a new skillet for a healthier version (although this dish is very fattening ha). I add the onions prior to cooking the ground beef until they are brown around the edges typically 3-6 minutes. Then I cook the ground beef making sure to separate the beef into small pieces until browned. After browned, I add garlic, bell pepper, chile powder, salt, cumin, paprika, black pepper, cornstarch, sugar, and red pepper flakes and stir to combine and toast the spices. I typically mix all seasonings in a bowl and then just add it in when needed. Add enough chicken stock or water to loosen the mixture, and allow it to simmer, uncovered, until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 7-9 minutes.
  4. On a sheet pan I add the tortilla chips on the bottom, add ½ layer of beef mixture, add a layer of both cheeses, add ½ of the jalapenos, add ½ of the bacon, then add tortilla chips again. On the next layer add the rest of the beef mixture, bacon, both cheeses, jalapeños, and crawfish on top.
  5. Turn oven on to 300F then add baking sheet to oven to let cheeses melt for roughly 10 minutes.
  6. Add extras and then your done and ready to serve!

PRO Tip:

If you do not feel like buying all of the spices or do not have all the spices Mccormick has taco seasoning. Although it is not the same, it is a great substitute! Plus, they have a taco seasoning that is gluten free!

XOXO Tay

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