If you're anything like us, you will just light up at any excuse to enjoy the splendid luxury of nachos for dinnertime. A true indulgence, we often tend to associate nachos with game days or bar snacks. On the contrary, while this tasty dish is a brilliant and simple starter to serve at celebratory communal gatherings, nachos themselves are actually comprised of a very well-balanced array of dinner staples. This tasty nacho beef casserole contains meat, veggies, carbs, and cheese, all of the greatest components of a hearty family meal.
This casserole is a great chance to use up any leftover tortilla chips, as it will also work well with tortilla chips on the slightly stale side (this will cook down nicely). You can easily substitute the cheddar cheese for a more traditional Queso Blanco or Manchego, or the less traditional Colby cheese. For the adventurous, the chunky tomato salsa can be replaced with salsa verde (green salsa) for a whole new punch of flavor. What's even better, this amazing feast can be prepped and cooked in less than 40 minutes! Now that is something truly worthy of celebration!
Pro tip: If you have a nicely maintained spice pantry, it's usually cheaper to make your spice mixes and store them for later use than to buy pre-mixed versions. To make your own taco seasoning, simply combine 1 tablespoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon sweet paprika, ½ teaspoon oregano, 1 ½ teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes. Use as much as desired and store any remaining mix in a jar or plastic bag for later use.