Sunday, January 29, 2023

Game Day Eats: Beef Barbacoa Nachos

These ultra-juicy Beef Barbacoa Nachos are hands-down
the BEST game day food around!

Beef Barbacoa Nachos

With Super Bowl Sunday approaching it's time to plan those infamous snacks to eat while watching the big game.  These aren't just any old nachos these babies are topped with boldy flavored Mexican shredded beef barbacoa.   The beef is made in the slow cooker so you can make this start this early the morning of game day or even start it the night before and let it cook overnight.  Since we are using the slow cooker this is simple to put together.

Once the beef is done and shredded the nachos come together easily by layering chips, beans, cheese, and meat.  Plus don't forget all the scrumptious toppings.  I used chopped tomatoes, Jalapeños, avocado, cilantro, and sour cream.  YUM!  This dish is a winner and soon to be your favorite game day food of all time!


What Ingredients do I need?

For the Beef Barbacoa

  • Chuck roast - 1 to 2 pounds
  • beef broth
  • apple cider vinegar
  • tomato sauce
  • fresh limes - 3 - 4 limes
  • black pepper
  • cumin 
  • garlic powder
  • Mexican oregano
  • onion

For the Nachos

  • Tortilla Chips
  • cheese - Monterey and Cheddar cheese
  • Black beans
  • Beef barbacoa
  • tomatoes
  • Jalapeños
  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • sour cream

Substitutions and Variations

  • Instead of the slow cooker you can made the beef barbacoa in the Instant Pot.
  • Choose different toppings:  refried beans or whole pinto beans,  pepper Jack cheese, diced green chiles, red onion, quacamole, red bell peppers, or green onions.

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Browning the beef on all sides before you cook it give it more depth of flavor.
  • Choose the sheet pan size based on how many nachos you want to make.  Or use 2 sheet pans when feeding a large crowd.  I use these sheet pans becuase they are sturdy.  Full size sheet pan.  Half size sheet pan.
  • Don't skimp on the cheese!  You want your nachos cheesey so start with the 2 cups and add MORE if you what cheese pulls and super cheesey nachos.  You can also make a cheese sauce with 2 1/2 cups shredded cheese, 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 cup evaporated milk (microwave or stove top until melted and blended).
  • Try and cover all the chips with cheese and other toppings, otherwise a plain chip is just a chip...not a nacho!

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Beef Barbacoa Nachos

For the Beef Barbacoa:

1-2 lb. Chuck roast
1 cup beef broth
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
1/2 onion diced

In a large skillet add some canola oil and heat over medium high heat.   Brown meat in skillet on all sides.. Place meat in slow cooker and add all the rest of the ingredients on top. Cook on low for 8 hrs.  Remove beef to a cutting board and then shred.  Return shredded beef back to the juices in the slow cooker.

For the Nachos:

Tortilla Chips
1 cup each type of cheese - Monterey and Cheddar cheese
1 cup Black beans, drained and rinsed
Beef barbacoa

Preheat oven to 420 degrees.  Lay tortilla chips on a baking sheet.  Add as many or few as you would like your serving size to be.  Sprinkle both types of chesses over the chips reserving some cheese to add to the top.  Add on the black beans, spreading over the chips and cheese, then add on the amount of beef barbacoa you would like.  (roughly 1 - 2 cups depending on how many nachos you make) Sprinkle on the remainder of the cheese then bak at 420 degrees for 10 min.

Top with chopped tomatoes, Jalapeños, avocado, cilantro, and sour cream.  Serve.

source: Beef Barbacoa recipe adapted from Jar of Lemons

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