Just because I call this “Nacho Meat Mixture” doesn’t mean you can only use it for LCHF Nachos! Or only for Mexican style dishes. I used some of this to make a quick Beef Broccoli Stir Fry! I also used it pretty much as is to make Sloppy Joe’s! The key to this versatility is to not spice it up too much when you first make it. Going easy on the spices when you first make it will allow you to make a left turn and go to some other culinary place if you want to! To make it truly versatile, you can leave out the beef and just make a veggie mixture. Then one day you can make chicken tacos, the next day fish tacos, the next day beef nachos, etc, etc.
So what would you think are the main ingredients to put in a beefy nacho meat mixture? Well for me, you gotta have onions, peppers, tomatoes and some kind of beef. In this case, organic ground beef from grass fed cows. Plus spices like cumin, coriander, chili powder and cilantro. Just don’t go crazy with the spices so you can have that flexibility to do something else if the inspiration strikes! Here we go!
- Olive oil and butter, 1 tbl each
- Sweet Bell Peppers, chopped (a variety of colors is a must, like 1 each of red, yellow and green) or I bought a bag of those small peppers and used a variety of colors
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- Tomatoes, diced (you can use a couple of fresh tomatoes or a small can of diced tomatoes)
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 lb organic ground beef, or ground bison
- cumin, coriander, chili powder and cilantro (dry or fresh)
- salt and pepper
- Heat a large frying pan on medium heat
- Place the olive oil and butter in the pan
- When the butter has melted, add the onions and cook for a couple minutes while your chopping the peppers
- Add the peppers and cook for a couple minutes
- Add the ground beef, or as in this case, I used Bison. There’s not much fat in the Bison, so no need to drain the fat.
- Break the meat apart and cook until almost cooked through, about 5 minutes
- Add your spices being careful not to over spice. 1 tbl of each would be the upper limit. If you’re using fresh cilantro, a good handful chopped up would be good.
- Add your tomatoes and salsa
- If your mixture is too dry, add a cup or two of water
- Simmer to reduce liquid, cook the meat through and soften the veggies
- Taste for salt and pepper
I added a touch of BBQ sauce to the entire batch because I was going to eat a lot of this as Sloppy Jose’s!
You can eat it as is like above, or have it on an Oopsie Roll like a Sloppy Joe, er I mean Jose, like below.
You can use it on Tacos made with Melted Cheese “Tortillas”. Use some to make a Beef Broccoli Stir Fry. Or make a deconstructed LCHF Nachos with Cheese Crackers as Chips! Or as a quiche or omelet filling!
LCHF Nachos! Looks good!