Mushroom Loaded Nachos with Homemade Queso

Serves 8

Ingredients:

For the cheesy sauce / queso:

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups full cream milk
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 300g cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • Salt, to taste

For the nachos:

  • 500g corn tortilla chips
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 Tbsp Mexican spice mix / Taco seasoning
  • 500g mixed mushrooms, sliced (baby button, portabellini & white button)
  • 1 x 400g tin crushed Italian tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g tin black beans, drained & rinsed
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Optional nacho sides for serving:

Guacamole, sour cream, tomato & onion salsa, fresh coriander, grilled corn

Method:

For the cheesy sauce / queso:

  • Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally until onions are tender but do not brown. Add cumin and cayenne pepper and cook until fragrant.
  • Stir in all but ¼ cup of the milk and bring to a bare simmer.
  • With the remaining ¼ cup of milk whisk in the cornstarch until smooth.
  • Add cornstarch slurry to the pot and whisk it through. Whilst simmering, continue to whisk and cook the cornstarch into the mixture for 2 minutes until thickened and mixture coats the back of a spoon.
  • Turn off the heat and switch to a spatula.
  • Adding a handful at a time, sprinkle in the cheddar and stir until it is fully dissolved.
  • Do not add too much at a time. If you need to increase the heat switch the burner on to the lowest setting to help the melting along. Continue adding the cheese until it has all melted.
  • Cover the queso with a lid while preparing the rest of the nachos.

For the nachos:

  • In a large sauté pan, cook onion in a drizzle of olive oil until tender. Add the garlic and Mexican spice and cook until fragrant. Add the mixed mushrooms and cook until they are just tender and going golden brown. Pour in the tin of chopped tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Add in the drained beans and stir. Add in the shredded chicken and allow everything to cook together for a few minutes for the flavours to develop and the tomato base to thicken.
  • Arrange a few tortilla chips on a platter or tray.
  • Reheat queso gently.
  • Layer mushroom mixture, tortilla chips, and queso so that with every bite you get a little bit of everything.
  • Keep leftover queso in the pot to stay warm and gooey for extra dipping!
  • Gather the family and friends and serve nachos with guacamole, sour cream, tomato & onion salsa, fresh coriander and some grilled corn!

Top tip:

*If you want to make your own quick and easy Mexican spice mix and you have these spices in the cupboard just whisk them all together!

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked chipotle flakes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

This recipe was supplied by the SAMA

Tamryn Sher
tamrynsher@gmail.com
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