I was so tired of our usual family dinners last week. Lately I’ve felt like we’ve gotten back into the dinner rut. You know, the one where you’re making the same things over and over because they’re familiar and easy to make? That rut. I wanted something different, but not too hard to make. I decided to try Nachos. We all like nachos in our house, so why not? At the very least, it would be a break from our typical weeknight dinners.
We decided to do it buffet style instead of layering everything in one dish. This made it a lot easier to customize our nachos. As you can see in the picture above, I went plain. My hubby added grilled chicken and refried beans to his. I meant to add sour cream to mine, but forgot until too late. Oh well. I’ll remember next time. Maybe even make mine a deluxe with lettuce and pico, too.
A funny thing that happened, when my husband bought the tortilla chips, he didn’t realize they were queso flavored. I think he thought they were for queso. With the cheese and everything, they were fine, but by themselves they were a little spicy. Which is kind of weird to me, but okay.
I suppose if you wanted less effort, you could simply buy nacho cheese to heat up in the microwave or something. We chose to buy a block of Velveeta. I cut up half of it into tiny chunks, probably tinier than was actually required, then melted them in a pot on the stove with 1/2 a cup of milk. Another way is to shred the cheese and layer it on the chips with the hot hamburger meat, but that may only work better if you’re making one large dish instead of individual plates.
I think another change I’ll make next time is the meat flavor. I used Chili, Cumin, and Paprika for the hamburger meat, but there wasn’t much flavor in it. I’m thinking maybe I’ll put some actual taco seasoning in it. Maybe. I’ll have to think about it. I’ll also flavor the grilled chicken prior to grilling. I know, I know. Usually I would flavor it before, but when I asked my hubby how he wanted it flavored he told me to just grill it and he’d figure out flavoring later. So I did. Which may not have been a bad decision as we now have some grilled chicken ready for Fettuccine Alfredo this week.
If you’re looking for an easy and fun family dinner, try out nachos. I made ours on Thursday, but I think this would be a great Friday family movie night dinner. Or game night. Whichever suits your family.
16 oz Velveeta Cheese
1/2 C Milk
1 lb Ground Hamburger
1 lb Chicken Breast Fillets
1/2 t Ground Chili*
1/2 t Cumin*
1/2 t Paprika*
1 lb Tortilla Chips
*Or Seasoning of your choice
- Add Seasoning to Hamburger Meat and cook in a large skillet on medium heat. Drain.
- Cut Velveeta Cheese into 1/2 inch chunks
- Place Velveeta chunks in a medium to large pot and place on stove on medium heat. Stir in Milk slowly as cheese melts
- Season Chicken and grill on George Foreman (or similar) Counter top Grill.
- Layer ingredients over chips on individual plates and enjoy!