Homemade Nachos


1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 can refried beans
1 large yellow onion
2-3 cups grated Mexican
melting cheese
8 white corn tortillas
1-2 Jalapeno peppers – seeded and sliced
Garnishes – sour cream, guacamole, chopped tomatoes and taco sauce

Makes 4-6 servings
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, brown ground beef and onion until pink in meat is gone and the onion is softened. Drain any excess fat. Add the taco seasoning mix and simmer for a few minutes, per the package instructions. Remove from heat and set aside.
To make the homemade taco chips, cut the corn tortillas in half and then cut each half into thirds. You should have six taco chips per tortilla. In a deep fryer or large skillet (preferably, heavy cast iron type), pour in 1 inch of peanut or canola oil. Heat oil to a temperature of 325 degrees and then carefully, in small batches, add the tortilla chips to the hot oil. Cook for approximately 3 minutes, turning frequently until the tortilla chips turn lightly brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels or brown paper bag.
In an oven proof platter, arrange a layer of tortilla chips on the bottom of the platter, spread refried beans and ground beef mixture. Sprinkle with grated cheese and jalapeno peppers. Repeat with another layer of tortilla chips, refried beans and ground beef. Top off with more grated cheese and jalapeno peppers. Heat in a 325 degree oven until the cheese melts. Serve with choice of sour cream, chopped tomatoes, guacamole and taco sauce.