The Shady Porch: Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Nachos


Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Nachos

It's a party food or a casual supper! Nachos have all of the elements of a classic dish. The crunchy chips provide texture; color comes from the array of veggies - chiles, tomatoes, onions; cheese brings a contrast in texture and color as well as taste. From the seasonings and great toppings, the full flavor, often spicy, of the classic nacho dish can be more than many expect from what used to be thought of as a bag of chips and some canned cheese. We don't fix nachos on a regular basis, so it is always a treat when they make the menu. This recipe can be adapted to feeding a crowd, or just an intimate few, which makes it a great addition to any list of potential dishes when party planning.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Nachos #Mexican #dinner #appetizer #lunch #snack
Perfect for a party or a meal!
 Here is the recipe I like to use to feed a crowd - 

3 lbs browned ground sirloin or ground beef
2 lbs cubed Velveeta cheese  or any smooth textured, easy to melt cheese (cubed or shredded)
2 cups of chunky salsa*
1 T. chili powder
1 can refried beans or hot chili beans, if desired
White Corn Chips

Optional Toppings (as desired) - Diced:  green onions, white onions, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, banana peppers. Also, whole kernel corn, shredded Mexican blend cheese or sharp cheddar, shredded lettuce, sour cream, olives, guacamole slices, and/or cilantro. 

Directions: After frying the ground beef, add it to the slow cooker crock with the chili powder, cubed Velveeta, and the chunky salsa and cook on high for 3 hours. I stirred it hourly until all of the cheese had melted and the ingredients were well blended.  

- if you like your nacho mix thinner add more salsa
- if you like your food extra spicy you can do that several ways with this recipe. The most obvious would be to use a hot chunky salsa or Ro*Tel® or the spicy flavored nacho chips.  Of course, you can also use hot toppings like jalapeno peppers or red pepper flakes too.

The hubby likes to put the chips in a bowl and then the nacho mix in a separate bowl and he dips his chips. Everyone else likes to put a layer of chips on their plates and then spread the nacho mix and various toppings over the chips...either way is great so enjoy.  
Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Nachos #Mexican #dinner #appetizer #lunch #snack
Source: /adapted from Velveeta Nachos Supreme on the Velveeta box

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