Keeping It Simple – Recipe: Fiesta Nachos


As I have mentioned, Gabriel loves to read.  After he finished one of the books in his current series on Saturday night, he was antsy for the next one.  I told him that I would run to the bookstore and buy it for him.

While I was there, I picked up some crafting beads for Summer



And an airplane for Ethan.


They were all thrilled with their surprises.

Gabriel immediately started reading,

Summer started working on her necklace,


And Ethan was all ready to fly his airplane.


Within minutes, everyone had abandoned their own projects to go outside and watch Ethan fly his plane.


Watching my youngest boy express true joy and excitement is a sight to behold.  When he is happy, he is happy all over.  And, that makes everyone around him happy, too.




We had a few mishaps with the plane – once in the tree, once in the neighbor’s yard, and once on the roof.  But, it did not take away from the excitement of the moment for anyone.



They are all ready to take the airplane to an open field, where we do not have any of the flying hazards of a backyard.


I love how a simple trip to the store created an afternoon of fun for all of my littles.  Ethan’s love bank was filled up with 30 minutes of airplane flying, Gabriel continued to read almost all afternoon, and Summer shared her crafting beads with Ethan.  Simple. Fun. Perfect.



And, since the afternoon had been so nice already, I decided to make an dinner easy, too. I used the leftover chili from the fancy chili dogs and made Fiesta Nachos.  They were absolutely delicious, and they would be perfect for the Super Bowl this weekend, too.

Fiesta Nachos

Fiesta Nachos


For the Chili

2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

2 Tbs. ground cumin

2 Tbs. chili powder

2 Tbs. sweet or smoked paprika

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup red wine

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 (14.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (7 ounce) can salsa verde

1 package frozen corn

2 Tbs. honey

2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup water

Kosher salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

For the Nachos

Tortilla chips

Taco sauce

Cheddar cheese, shredded

Sour Cream



    Preparing the Chili
  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high.
  2. Add the onions and garlic; saute 3 minutes.
  3. Add the crushed red pepper, cumin, chili powder, and paprika; cook for another 1 minute
  4. Add the ground beef, sprinkle in some salt and pepper, and cook until browned all over.
  5. Pour in the red wine and cook 1 minute.
  6. Add the tomato sauce, beans, salsa verde, corn, honey, vinegar, water and another pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for at least 1 hour.
  8. Preparing the Nachos
  9. Preheat oven to 350.
  10. Spray an oven-safe cooking dish.
  11. Layer one layer of chips along the bottom.
  12. Top with chili. Drizzle with taco sauce. And sprinkle cheese over the top.
  13. Repeat all of the layers, ending with the cheese.
  14. Bake for 10 minutes.
  15. Change the oven setting to broil, and broil for another 1-2 minutes.
  16. Remove from oven and dish out into individual serving plates.
  17. Top with sour cream and salsa.


I shared this recipe at 33 Shades of Green, Tasty Tuesday, Blessed with Grace, Mandy’s Recipe Box, Permanent Posies, 2 Maids and Naptime Creations.

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10 Responses to Keeping It Simple – Recipe: Fiesta Nachos

  1. sandy says:

    I love seeing all the talents of your children. Makes me smile all over!!

  2. Carol says:

    I look forward each day to read about you and your kids!! I love sharing in your joy. God Bless!!

    • You just made my day, Carol. I am so glad that you are enjoying reading about the littles. I truly love sharing their little lives with everyone. They make me smile every single day. And, if I can share that joy with other people, I believe that the mission of this blog, of allowing me to share my heart, our journey, our lives, each day, has been accomplished…and then some.

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  5. emily says:

    so fun!!! Just wanted to let you know I am featuring this at tasty Tuesday this coming week. Hope you can stop by and check it out. Grab a featured button if you don’t have one already.

  6. Scott Simpson says:

    My family really enjoyed this meal. Made it tonight and my mother and wife couldn’t stop eating. Thank you for posting it!

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