Wednesday, March 24, 2010

BBQ Nachos

I made Neelys' Barbeque Nachos for the Food Network Chef's Cooking Challenge this week. This really sounded like a strange recipe, but I was really curious so I went for it!

BBQ Nachos

Neelys' Barbeque Nachos
Recipe courtesy The Neelys

Ingredients

1 bag tortilla chips
1/2 cup Neelys Barbecue Seasoning, recipe follows (check the notes on the following recipe)
6 ounces chopped pork, beef or chicken (I used ground beef because it's what I had)
4 ounces Neelys Barbecue Sauce, recipe follows
4 ounces nacho cheese, melted (I made my own)
1 (4-ounce) can sliced jalapeƱos, drained (optional- if your cheese is hot enough you probably don't need these)

Directions

Mound tortilla chips in a pile on a platter. Sprinkle with Neelys Seasoning. Spread chopped pork, beef or chicken on top of chips. Sprinkle with seasoning again and pour the Neelys Barbeque Sauce onto meat. Top with the melted nacho cheese.

Lightly sprinkle more Neely's Barbeque Seasoning onto cheese. Top with jalapeƱos for additional spice.
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Neelys Barbeque Seasoning:

3/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups paprika
3 3/4 tablespoons onion powder

Mix all ingredients together and store in a tightly sealed container.

I divided this entire recipe by a factor of 6 and that really was enough to sprinkle and have a bit leftover at the end.
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Neelys Barbeque Sauce:
2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients and mix well. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cooked uncovered, stirring frequently every 15 minutes, for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

I halved the sauce recipe and it was enough for about 3 servings. I also substituted appropriate amounts of Splenda in place of the sugars. This is a very sweet BBQ sauce.
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The Verdict: These were surprisingly good! The sweetness of the BBQ sauce with the spice of the cheese actually worked out very well. I imagine you could cut back a tad on the sweetness of the BBQ sauce, but not too much! We both said this would be a good "treat" food because if you ate it too often you'd get awfully sick of it fast, but every now and then it will be great.


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12 comments:

Susie said...

That looks GREAT!! I love the Nealys:-)

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

I looked at this recipe too -- we don't often have nachos and this sounded like a fun treat! Glad they turned out well. May I ask how you made your own nacho cheese?

4 Lettre Words said...

I saw "NACHO" and thought YUM!!! I know these are good b/c we've had a very similar dish at a local restaurant. (Plus. Anything with cheese and chips is good.) :o)

Ticia said...

You know, I saw this and was hesitant, but this actually looks like it was pretty good. I'm having so much fun reading everyone's recipes.

Sarah said...

Drool. This is exactly the thing that I would like to munch on. Love nachos but love them more with non-traditional flavors. I'm not a big fan of nacho cheese though. How did you make your own? I might just used a spicy shredded cheese. Making me hungry for lunch when I just ate breakfast!

Julie Schuler said...

Yummy! That would be a good after-the-kids-are-in-bed snack to have along with a movie some Friday night.

Breigh said...

I can't imagine these at all! I think this is one of those things that you have to try to believe haha I'm a bit of a nacho purist I think!

Candi said...

I love nachos and almost made this recipe...I'm glad it was good. It looks like most of their recipes are winners!

Hillary (First Yr Wife) said...

That sounds like an interesting recipe! I never would've thought to put barbecue sauce on nachos!

Wizardress said...

I'm going to try the bbq sauce and pour it over chicken and bake it in the oven. I'll probably use a lil less sugar as well, and add some liquid smoke to give it a smokey flavor. YUM

mub said...

Wizardress, that'll be really good! You could use Splenda instead of sugar too (that's what I ended up doing with my hoarded supply haha).

Meal Planning with Connie said...

We are big on bbq nachos down here. I love the watch the Neelys. We are only about 90 from Memphis and get up there fairly often. Memphis is the bbq capital of the world! Or, at least we like to think that in our neck of the woods!!
Thanks for sharing!!!

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