Nachos Make The Ideal Game Day Snack

Big games dot the college and professional football landscapes each year beginning in late summer and ending in mid-winter. But no games are bigger than those that take place once the calendar turns to a new year. That’s when the postseason begins in both college and professional football.

Game watches with fellow fans, family and friends are a great way to make playoff football even more enjoyable. With so many big games on the horizon, football fans would be wise to ready their culinary arsenal. Whether you’re hosting at home or going to a game watch at a fellow fan’s house, keep in mind that food and football are a great match. Certain dishes have long since staked their claim on the game watch dinner and snacking tables, and nachos certainly need no introduction to football fans. As this year’s playoffs kick off, football fans can try this recipe for “Loaded Beef Nachos” courtesy of

Loaded Beef Nachos
Serves 4

Taco Seasoning:
5 teaspoons paprika
11⁄4 teaspoons garlic powder
11⁄4 teaspoons ground cumin
11⁄4 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano leaves
11⁄2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound ground beef
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced green bell pepper
1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles (such as RO-TEL®)
1 15-ounce can Mexican-style corn (optional)
1 16-ounce can refried beans
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, or as needed
4 ounces tortilla chips, or as needed

Toppings (optional):
1⁄2 cup sour cream (optional)
1⁄2 cup salsa (optional)
1⁄4 cup sliced black olives (optional)
1⁄4 cup sliced jalapeños (optional)
1⁄4 cup green onion

For taco seasoning: Stir paprika, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, chili powder, oregano, and salt together in a small bowl; set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in onion and green pepper; cook and stir with oil and juices from browned meat until much of the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes more.

Stir 1⁄2 can diced tomatoes with chilies and Mexican-style corn into skillet. Season beef mixture to taste with prepared taco seasoning mix.

Stir together the remaining 1⁄2 can diced tomatoes with chilies and refried beans in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until heated through, stirring every 30 seconds, 1 to 3 minutes.

To assemble nachos: Lay half of tortilla chips in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate, then drop teaspoons of refried beans onto chips, followed by meat mixture and shredded cheese. Repeat with remaining chips, beans, meat, and cheese to make a second layer.

Microwave on high until cheese is melted and nachos are warm, 2 to 3 minutes. Top with sour cream, salsa, olives, jalapeños, and green onion as desired.

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