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Loaded Nachos with Beef and Cheese Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 bag of tortilla chips
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of chili powder
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup of diced red onion
- 1/4 cup of sliced jalapeños
- 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
- Sour cream and guacamole for serving

Special equipment needed:
- Baking sheet
- Skillet

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon.

3. Add the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir to combine and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

4. Spread the tortilla chips in a single layer on a baking sheet.

5. Sprinkle the cooked beef over the tortilla chips.

6. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the beef.

7. Add the diced tomatoes, red onion, and jalapeños on top of the cheese.

8. Bake the nachos in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

9. Remove the nachos from the oven and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

10. Serve the nachos hot with sour cream and guacamole on the side.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serving size:
4-6 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 600
Fat: 40g
Carbohydrates: 30g
Protein: 30g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Ground turkey or chicken can be used instead of beef.
- Monterey Jack cheese can be used instead of cheddar cheese.
- Salsa can be used instead of diced tomatoes.

- Add black beans or corn to the nachos for extra flavor and texture.
- Use different types of cheese, such as pepper jack or queso fresco.
- Top the nachos with sliced avocado or pico de gallo.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to spread the tortilla chips in a single layer on the baking sheet to ensure even cooking.
- Use a non-stick skillet to prevent the beef from sticking to the pan.
- Customize the toppings to your liking.

Storage instructions:
Nachos are best served immediately, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Reheating instructions:
To reheat the nachos, place them on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 375°F for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the nachos on a large platter for a fun and festive presentation.

Garnish the nachos with chopped cilantro and sliced jalapeños for a pop of color and flavor.

Serve the nachos with a cold beer or a margarita for a refreshing drink pairing.

Suggested side dishes:
Serve the nachos with a side of Mexican rice or refried beans for a complete meal.

Troubleshooting advice:
If the cheese is not melting evenly, try covering the nachos with foil for the first 5-10 minutes of baking.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to cook the ground beef to an internal temperature of 160°F to ensure it is safe to eat.

Food history:
Nachos originated in Mexico and were created by a man named Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya in 1943.

Flavor profiles:
This recipe has a spicy and savory flavor profile, with hints of chili powder, cumin, and garlic.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the nachos as a fun and easy appetizer or as a main dish for a casual dinner party.

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Region: Mexican

Taste: Savory, Cheesy, Spicy, Tangy, Meaty