HUGE fans of nachos but not a huge fan of soggy tortilla chips, which is what seems to happen when you layer the meat and beans on the chips before baking.
So we decided to turn the nachos upside down and melt the cheese on the nachos first; this melts the cheese and crisps up the chips too. We've also found a way to make this awesome dish lower in fat; we use ground turkey, baked tortilla chips and reduced fat cheese. And to make my half of the nachos even more low fat, I use Morning Star Farms Soy Crumbles in place of the ground turkey. Once you season the crumbles you'd never know they weren't real meat (although Aaron absolutely refuses to even try the crumbles... I think he's afraid it's not "manly" to eat soy).
Black beans (we love Goya)
1 lb Ground beef
Cilantro (optional but highly recommended)
1. Chop and sautee peppers, onions and garlic. Add black beans and cook 5-10 minutes or until beans are thoroughly cooked.
2. In separate skillet, brown ground beef/turkey and add taco seasoning (follow directions on seasoning packet)
3. Spread tortilla chips on baking sheet, layer with cheese and cook in 350 degree oven until cheese is brown and bubbly.
4. Layer chips with meat and bean mixture; top with tomatoes, taco sauce/salsa and cilantro and enjoy.