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March 24, 2008

Steak Fajita Nachos

Steak Fajita Nachos: The Inside

Back in 1993 I returned home for a year to attend a local community college and a friend of mine and I used to eat a local Mexican restaurant that was there at the time. They had a dish on the menu that was called Chicken or Beef Fajita Nachos that was to die for! The restaurant went out of business and I had never seen a similar dish at other restaurants so I decided it was high time that I try to recreate it and I did just that!

This dish can be as hot (and I made it pretty hot!) or as mild as you like. You can also use the cheese of your choice or a mix of several cheeses. It comes together easily and it really took me back! If you like Mexican than this is the dish for you!

Steak Fajita Nachos

What You'll Need:
Extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, cut into strips
1 bell pepper, cut into strips
1 pounds of steak, cut into thin strips
A pinch of sea salt
A pinch of black pepper
A generous pinch of cayenne pepper
1 - 8 ounce bar of Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded (Note: You could also use white cheddar or any other mild white cheese.)
Corn tortillas

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Sauté onion and pepper in a bit of extra virgin olive oil, along with sea salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper, until slightly tender. Add steak and cook until the steak is just browned. Remove from heat and set aside.

Spray a pie dish with non-stick spray and place a layer of tortillas to completely cover the bottom of the dish and then cover the tortillas with a layer of cheese:

Steak Fajita Nachos: Corn tortillas and Monterrey Jack Cheese

Next add half of the beef/pepper onion mixture on top of the cheese:

Steak Fajita Nachos: Peppers, Onions and Steak, Oh My!

Repeat this procedure one more time (a layer of tortillas, a layer of cheese and a layer of meat/onion/peppers) and then top the beef/onion/pepper layer with more cheese. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Steak Fajita Nachos: Baking

Notes: You could use chicken or shrimp in place of the steak. Serve with a little sour cream and/or salsa.

Posted by Dianne at March 24, 2008 7:11 AM

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Did they turn out as you remembered? I hope so.

Posted by: Dar at March 24, 2008 10:51 AM

They did! I was very pleasantly surprised! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at March 24, 2008 12:41 PM

mmm...that looks incredible.

some people say that the food tastes the same at any and all mexican restaurants. i beg to differ, and have an absolute favorite (over an hour away, unfortunately). try as i might, i can't recreate the spicy, savory, gooey goodness that they bring out on those plates!

Posted by: a. grace at March 24, 2008 1:54 PM

I think authentic Mexican food is very hard to recreate without a lot of luck or help. I just got extremely lucky with this one I think! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at March 24, 2008 3:17 PM

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