{Recipe} Mexican Potato Nachos

As important as it is to explore new things, you have to give a nod to your roots. Husband and I were looking for inspiration for a game day dinner an couldn't decide between tex-mex {our comfort food of choice} and typical game fare {pizza, hotdogs, loaded potato skins, wings}.
Soon, I found a recipe for Mexican Potato Nachos, and our lives were forever changed.
No really, we LOVED this recipe, and were even able to lighten it up!

{Mexican Potato Nachos}
adapted from a recipe by AllRecipes.com

1 tablespoon of Vegetable oil
1 large baking potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 pound ground turkey or chicken
1/2 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons "taco" seasonings, such as Penzey Spices Arizona Dreaming or Forward!
2 tablespoons water
4 ounces shredded {reduced fat, if you'd like} Cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup shredded lettuce
1 small tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons of light sour cream
1 100-calorie packet of guacamole
chopped cilantro

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Pour 1 tablespoons of vegetable oil into a large bowl; toss the potato slices in the oil to coat.
3. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and ground black pepper.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until the potato slices are golden brown, about 20-30 minutes.
5. While potato slices are baking, heat a little cooking spray in a skillet over medium heat; brown the ground beef in the hot oil, breaking it up into crumbles as it cooks, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain excess grease.
6. Mix the black beans into the ground beef; stir in the taco seasoning and water. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until the flavors have blended, about 10 minutes.
7. Arrange the potato slices on a serving platter and sprinkle with half the Cheddar cheese.
8. Top the potatoes with the meat and bean mixture; sprinkle the remaining cheese on the nachos.
9. Spread the lettuce out over the nachos and garnish with tomato, dollops of sour cream, guacamole, and a sprinkle of cilantro.
Serves 4 {appetizer-sized portions.}

If you want something filling, comforting end easy, this is it. It was perfect for these two game-watchers! And yes, we ate all 4 appetizer portions between the two of us over the course of the game. Oops?

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