I seriously love nachos but really try to not eat corn chips often. I was really excited one day when my friend Emily from Coconut Contentment posted about plantain chips. I had never had them but they sounded amazing! It seemed like Trader Joe’s was always out when I went but I finally got my hands on some about a month ago. I used them to dip in guacamole and it was magical. I seriously don’t need corn chips ever again.
On Memorial Day my husband and I took it pretty easy and decided to make nachos for dinner. I actually didn’t plan to make it a blog post but they turned out so great and I had to tell you all about it. The beauty of nachos is that you can put any of your favorite toppings on it. I’m a fan of the classic taco meat nachos. I prefer to make my own taco seasoning so I included that in the recipe. I get to control what flavors I want in it and don’t get all of the salt and preservatives from a packet.
I also included a guacamole recipe and we need to talk about that! We LOVE guacamole in our house! It is absolutely ridiculous how many avocados we go through in a week. Avocados come in all different sizes so feel free to use more or less of the ingredients that I listed. You many notice that I only listed salt as the seasoning in the recipe and I would encourage you to give it a try. I read a book a while back from Rick Bayless and he talked a lot about the flavor profile of the avocado. He explained how salt should be the only seasoning ever added to it because it pulls the flavor of the avocado and lime and really makes the flavor profile stand out. As most of you know – most guacamole recipes say to add black pepper, garlic and sometimes cumin. I decided to give it a try because I honestly just found his passion and the book very inspiring. Let me tell you – it is amazing! I will never go back to putting other spices in my guacamole. Completely life changing! So if any of you try it – please let me know what you think!
Ok – I am done talking about guacamole! Now go make some plantain nachos! You will be happy you did!
1lb. Ground beef
½ cup chopped white onion
1Tbl chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp green chili powder (optional)
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
2-3 garlic cloves chopped
2 Tbls chopped fresh cilantro
1 bag Trader Joe’s plantain chips
1-2 roasted red peppers
2 roasted jalapenos
2-3 tomatoes chopped
Goat Cheese (optional)
½ cup diced white onion
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 jalapeno –deseeded and minced
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon salt
Heat a pan with small amount of oil and sauté onions until translucent. Add ground beef and chop in to small pieces. Strain meat if necessary. Throw in all of the seasonings with about ½ to 3/4 cup of water (add more if needed). Simmer for about 5 minutes and then turn to low.
Heat your grill or oven to 450. Roast the red pepper and jalapeno until outside is charred and the peppers are soft. Let cool slightly and then chop in to small pieces. (If you want a lot of spices then leave the seeds in the jalapeno).
Combine all of your guacamole ingredients – minus the avocado and salt and mix. Add the avocado and salt and then mash until desired texture I like it to be chunky. Adding the avocado last will prevent you from getting an overly mushy green mess.
Grab an oven proof plate or baking sheet and layer as many plantain chips as you want. Top with the roasted peppers, ground beef, goat cheese and broil until the cheese has melted. It will not take long. Pull it out of the oven and top with chopped tomato, arugula and guacamole. Enjoy!