Thank you guys for all the support about Beans! He is feeling a little better – more updates at the end of this post.
This week has been pretty disruptive and crazy for us because of his break. Everything has been about him, so when I got home last night, our place was seriously just a mess.
The last thing I wanted to do was make dinner. I had plans to make something else but it just didn’t sound good to me or my husband. I happened to have all the ingredients for nachos and when do nachos not sound amazing? So I put this together quickly.
I love nachos as a meal because it’s quick enough that it doesn’t drive me insane to cook, but it’s also not so quick and easy that it’s too unhealthy.
- 1 bag of corn tortilla chips
- 1 can corn
- 1 can black beans (or any beans you like)
- 1 pound ground beef (or chicken)
- 1 can Rotel tomatoes or tomatoes with green chiles (for less spice)
- 1 medium sized bag of monteray jack cheese
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1/2 tablespoon chile powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 lime
- salsa (optional)
- sour cream (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Start browning the ground beef in a pan.
2. I like to start with a layer of beans and corn on the bottom, about a third of the can. Then I layer chips and rotel on top of that and top with about half the cheese.
3. Add the spices to the beef and continue to cook almost all the way through. Note: you can adjust the spices to your taste. This is not very spicy, but you can definitely add more of all those spices or some red pepper for a kick.
Make sure to drain the fat. I like to put the beef in a fine mesh strainer so I don’t lose any of the meat.
4. Once the meat is drained, top the layered part so far with half the beef or more. Squirt with half the lime. Layer more chips, rotel, beans, and corn on top of that before finishing off with the rest of the cheese. Then top with the other half of the lime. It gives the chips a really good flavor!
5. Bake for 10 minutes and enjoy with salsa, sour cream, or lettuce.
You can make a lot of variations to this dish depending on what you like too. It’s definitely a dish that calls to get creative. It was so tasty and really hit the spot on one of those nights where nothing sounded good. You really can’t go wrong with nachos, can you?
As for Beans, he definitely seemed more like himself. He has learned to walk around without using his leg at all, which is definitely funny looking. I’ll have to post a video one of these days.
Although he doesn’t look it in this picture, he was quite happy last night. He just hung out right there while I made this dish for dinner. He just gets all cranky any time I try to take a photo of him 😉
It’s definitely still an adjustment for us though. It feels like he’s a puppy again, since he’s so needy. I’m considering getting a baby sling or an actual dog sling/purse or whatever you might call it so I can carry him around when I’m home. Although he can manage to walk, I want to reduce the amount of time he walks around as much as possible when I am home.
I am pretty sad about the fact that this happened in summer. No more walks. No trips to the dog park. No walking him down the street to get ice cream like we do every other week 🙁 It’s definitely not a convenient time, since we were hoping to go out a lot this summer and socialize. I’m not going to want to leave Beans home alone even more than we already do with work alone, though. This will be adjusting our schedules for sure.
We still have no idea about surgery or how he will heal. We’re just waiting it out. At the very least, he seems more adjusted and is coping pretty well, which makes me happier. 🙂
Questions for You:
- What are you doing tonight? I have a date with Beans 😛
- What meal always sounds good to you when nothing else does?