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I have been asked to make carne asada for months now.  It’s a really big deal here in Tucson. We have a bunch of drive thru Mexican food places and you can pretty much bet on them having carne asada tacos, burritos, tortas, fries, nachos, etc.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

When I was planning Meat Week, I kept trying to think about ways I could incorporate carne asada flavors into a burger.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

I’m sure I could have gotten it right eventually, but Sprouts makes such a delicious spice rub that I decided to let them take care of the hard work for me.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

I mean, I love a challenge and all, but you just don’t mess with perfection.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

But you can certainly highlight it but putting it over chips and cheese with a bunch of other fresh ingredients.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

You really can’t go wrong when chips and cheese are involved.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

Cheesy, crunchy, wonderful nachos, topped with a homemade pico de gallo (read: I control the spice level), avocado chunks, and cool sour cream.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

The carne asada meat has the whole sweet/spicy thing going on and that stuff is good.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

Another bonus of this recipe – it kept the kitchen cool. I grilled the carne asada, microwaved the beans, and the pico de gallo is refrigerated, which adds a cool, fresh summery zip to the nachos.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

This would be super fun for a summer party to have a carne asada nachos bar set up for people to create their own custom plates according to their individual tastes or an easy weeknight dinner.

I love when meals are versatile.

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Carne Asade Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe


  • Yield: 4-6

Ingredients

For the Pico de Gallo

  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • juice from 1/2 lime, about 1 Tablespoon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the Nachos

  • 1 lb marinated carne asada meat, cooked
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Instructions

For the Pico de Gallo

  1. Combine onion, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro and salt in bowl.
  2. Squeeze the juice from 1/2 lime over the mixture and stir.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or more.

For the Nachos

  1. Heat refried beans according to package directions, then stir in 1/4 tsp garlic powder.
  2. Spread tortilla chips onto a plate.
  3. Top chips with the beans, then sprinkle with cheese. If you want your cheese extra melty, microwave plate for 30-60 seconds.
  4. Spread the meat over the top and sprinkle with avocado pieces.
  5. Top with pico de gallo and sour cream.