Tonight, as I do every night, I gathered up the components of our dinner-to-be and placed them on to the bench. Princess skipped into room and asked, “Mum? What are we cooking for tea tonight?”. I looked at the array of ingredients and said to her, “Why don’t you try to guess what we are having?”.
Now, we have had nachos a lot in the past, so I assumed it would be a quick and painless game. Of course, one simply cannot assume anything when it involves a 4 year old girl.
Princess leaned on the bench, chin in hand, and tilted her head while she poked and looked through the ingredients.
“Ah-ha!” she exclaimed. “We are having .. a salad!”.
“No, not a salad – the onion is the only vegetable! Try again”.
“I know! An onion pie!” An onion pie? I don’t even want to think what an onion pie would be like. “Try again”
*long, pondering pause, with many hmmms and uuuummmmmms*
“I KNOW! I KNOW! For dinner, we are having a chippie-to-scoop-up-cooked-meat-with-cheese!”
And here you have, Chippie-to-scoop-up-cooked-meat-with-cheese. Or, Nachos, if you prefer.
Can of Pasta Sauce
Can of Chilli Beans
Brown the onion (diced, of course) and garlic in a pan for a couple of minutes and then add in the mince. Cook until completely brown throughout then add the tomato pasta sauce. At this point I reserve part of the mixture for the kids, as they don’t like nor appreciate the medium-heat chilli beans! Add in the chilli beans and let the mixture simmer on low heat. The longer, the better! Put the corn chips into an oven tray and cover with grated cheese (obviously I left a part uncovered as I don’t eat cheese). Grill for 5-10 minutes, until the chips are crispy and the cheese is melted. Not too long, mine went a bit black tonight. Whoops. To plate up, put some of the chips onto a plate, and then top with the mince mixture. Add more grated cheese and sour cream if you choose.
Great as always. The chips are a favourite in our house, even buying Chilli and Lime flavour (the only flavour without dairy in it) doesn’t turn the kids away. Plus, they add a really nice taste to the dish. Mr T worked until after 6pm today and when he walked in and saw his towering plate of nachos, his eyes lit up and he said he was drooling.
It’s true what they say, a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. And chippies-to-scoop-up-cooked-meat-with-cheese is the dish for the job ♥