This meal has become part of our regular monthly rotation around here. It was inspired by an appetizer we ate at a fancy Mexican restaurant a few months ago on vacation in San Antonio. It gets 5 stars of yummy noises at dinnertime from my crew, and it is a nice break from traditional cooking for me, so being the extremely generous and incredibly humble soul we all know I am (hehe), I thought I'd share.
Disclaimer: These are not nachos made by Supermom, they aren't super low in fat or calories, and I can't promise they will give you super powers, but if you are looking for a "Super-EASY" meal that even kids (or at least mine) will eat, this is the one! It is the perfect throw-together-what-is-in-your-pantry/food storage meal. Think: 7ish-layer bean dip already on chips, baked so the cheese is melty. Mmmmmm...*insert salivation here*
1. Grab a cookie sheet and line it with foil. I'm not really sure why I do that, but it works, and it makes for easy clean-up, so...yeah. Be like Nike and just do it.
2. Lay down a layer of tortilla chips. Just the big ones. Not the crumbs. You want to be able to pick up these big guys once they are loaded.
3. Spread about a half a can of refried beans on top of the chips with a spoon. It is okay if it comes off in big clumps on the chips. You will then smash/spread it down more with the back of the spoon.
4. Add either ground beef, seasoned with taco seasoning, OR leftover chicken breast, shredded with two forks, OR pop open a can of chunk chicken. If you use chicken, you will sprinkle the taco seasoning over the chicken layer on your refried-beaned chips.
5. Add a layer of shredded cheese. Be generous. This is where the melty goodness comes in. Mmmmm...oh, don't get me started again!
6. Sprinkle some chopped green onions and chopped fresh tomatoes on top. My kids hate both, but they don't even taste them on these nachos, so they ate them without complaint. If you want, you could even insert them UNDER the cheese and hide them. Score one for Mom!
Stick them in the oven at 350 until the cheese reaches desired melti-ness. :P
Optional toppings to stick in anywhere you want or post-baking: black olives, guacamole, sour cream, jalapeno peppers (if your kids have been particularly rotten that day) (just kidding) (maybe...)