I’ve made this recipe twice in the last week. I don’t know where the idea came from. Maybe it’s just because I had been seeing so many Siete products in my feed this week after Cinco de Mayo… maybe because the chips were on sale at Whole Foods…
For those of you unfamiliar with Siete, they are a brand that makes grain free tortillas and tortilla chips and I’m not kidding when I say they are the best ones I have ever had. They didn’t pay me to say this. I’m just hopelessly addicted.
I suppose this recipe was, in part, an attempt to actually consume these chips with some other nutrients rather than eating the whole bag in my car in the way home (I know, who does that?)
Now most of you probably know that I don’t live a grain-free lifestyle. Or Paleo. Or gluten-free. Or anything that requires any kind of restriction. For some people, these lifestyles are a necessity, and I love that there are companies that are accommodating those needs more and more.
For me, I’m just excited there is a chip out there that isn’t fried in canola oil and made out of a government subsidized, soil leeching, junk food crop (corn) but I digress… I’m not here to rant about the agriculture industry right now (catch me with a margarita in my hand and ask me more about it sometime)
I always make my own spice blend when I make taco (or nacho) meat and I never think to measure anything or write it down, but I finally did and I think I’ve got it DOWN!
Before you get started, combine the following spices:
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp cayenne powder (less if you have littles or a sensitive palate)
- 1/4 tsp salt
Now we can get cooking!
Here are the rest of the ingredients:
- 1 bag of Siete Sea Salt chips
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1/2 cup of halved cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup sliced black olives
- 4 oz, or 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (I give both measurements because if you buy a little “tube” it should be the 4 oz one, but if you buy a container of crumbles, use 1/2 cup)
- 1 avocado
- 1 lime
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- Preheat oven to 375
- Heat a tablespoon of avocado oil in a large frying pan, and add the ground beef
- Once the meat starts to brown, dump in the spice mix, stir, and let it finish browning. Set aside
- Arrange the chips on an 8×12 baking sheet
- On top of the chips, layer on the ground beef, olives, tomatoes, and goat cheese
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes
Meanwhile… make the avocado cilantro sauce! I made way too much the first time and ended up putting it on everything throughout the week. Spoiler alert, it’s not good on absolutely everything, so if you have leftovers, use good judgement. The second time, I had no leftovers. I don’t know if my avocado was smaller or I just loaded the nachos up more, but there’s always a bit of melancholy in knowing there are no more avocados or avocado products in the house.
For the sauce:
- Combine the avocado, lime juice, cilantro, and 3 tbsp of water to a food processor and blend. Add more or less water depending on how you’d like the consistency
Now all you need to do is take the nachos out of the oven and drizzle your avocado cilantro sauce over the top. I like when I’m able to drizzle things in a nice pretty manor, but as you’ll see, I took a Jackson Pollock approach to applying the sauce to the nachos this time. It got in my cat’s food bowl. Can cat’s have avocado? I don’t think so….
I can’t officially recommend the “Pollock Approach” to nacho decorating, but a wise man once said to me that if you’re not making a mess, you’re not having fun so take that with a grain of salt (and a shot of tequila and a lime wedge if that is your thing)
Feel free to modify the toppings if you just happen to hate tomatoes and olives, but for the love of buddha, don’t leave out that sauce!! If you don’t like avocados I’m not even sure how it was you came across my page in the first place, but we need to get one thing straight: avocados are the best things that grow on this earth.
And if you happen to be one of those unfortunate individuals who think cilantro tastes like soap… I’m so sorry. I’ll make a donation to the scientific research dedicated to the poor souls whose taste buds have betrayed them in your name. Goodnight.