Fast, Easy, TV Football Snacks: Nachos Blitz Recipe
A hearty snack that's easy to prepare and appeals to all
By Damien Andrews
Most football fans get their weekly dose of gridiron action from right in front of the TV set. Watching football on TV does lack the electricity of the stadium mob, but it is also dry, warm – and delicious, inexpensive snacks are just a few feet away in the kitchen. TV football snacks served during the game du jour are an important element of the TV football ritual. TV football snacks should be fast and easy to prepare, and have broad appeal. Here's a TV football snack that fills the bill. It's one of my favorites – and I'm sure it will be one of yours, too.
What you will need:
1 pound of lean ground beef
1 bag of Tostitos Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips (or equivalent)
½ pound of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
¼ teaspoon of chili seasoning
Salt & pepper
Preheat a frying pan, sprinkle a little salt in the bottom and then brown the ground beef. Add the chili seasoning and salt and pepper to taste while browning. Break the beef apart well as it browns so that there are no pieces any larger than a pencil eraser. Pour the grease off the browned ground beef and then pour the ground beef onto a couple of paper towels to let it drain out further.
Cover a large cookie sheet, with a lip, with randomly scattered Tostitos Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips (or the equivalent style of chips). Don't stack the chips on the cookie sheet. Make just one layer. Don’t worry about chips overlapping onto other chips – we're in a hurry to get back to the game! Now sprinkle the browned ground beef around on the chips – trying to distribute the meat relatively evenly. Slide the cookie sheet onto the medium rack of a preheated broiler on high for 30 seconds.
Remove the beef and chips from the broiler and sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese all over the beefy chips. Return the cookie sheet to the broiler for 30-45 seconds, until the cheese is all melted, but not burned!
Serve your Nachos Blitz right on the cookie sheet placed on a trivet or a couple of heat-safe towels or pot holders. Nachos Blitz go great with your favorite ice cold carbonated beverage – fermented or not. Serves four people a large snack-size serving each.
Serving Options: As sides, provide some sliced jalapenos, sour cream, and/or green olives. Hand wipes will be appreciated, too.