I’m sure you’ve all seen the commercials for Taco Bell’s Doritos Loco Taco, in which the guy drives some unGodly amount of miles just to get a taco from Taco Bell with Doritos for the shell.
The concept simultaneously appalled and fascinated me. I mean, Taco Bell in general forces you to make terrible life choices, but to add Doritos to that mess? Seems unconscionable. But they did it, because that’s what the people want.
One day my husband lost his mind and ate one. And he went back another day and had a second, third and fourth. Let’s just say he enjoys Taco Bell and Doritos.
While sticking my hand in a bag of Doritos during the witching hour after work but before dinner, when I’m often so ravenously hungry I’ll eat anything I can find, I had a brainstorm. Doritos + ground beef + Taco seasoning….wasn’t that just like a Doritos Loco taco? Thus Dorito Loco Nachos were born.
I started with ground beef and 1/4 cup of taco seasoning from the huge Sams Club bottle in our pantry.
While that was simmering, I opened up a can of black beans — I LOVE black beans, and because my husband doesn’t, I get to take the leftovers for my salads. Score one for
PROTEIN! I know the Dorito Loco taco doesn’t have beans, but it was a yummy addition to make it more filling and less like meat on top of Doritos.
To give it a little more flavor, I added a couple tablespoons of salsa and 1/2 tablespoon of minced garlic.
I warmed the beans up in the microwave, piled them all together and added some cheddar cheese on top. And that was dinner.
I love this meal because it’s easy, tastes like you’er going out to eat and is much healther than the Taco Bell version — you get to control everyting you put into it (and you know the meat is 100% meat.)
Homemade Doritos Loco Nachos a la Taco Bell
1 lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can black beans
2-3 tbsp salsa
1/2-1 tbsp minced garlic
1 bag Nacho Cheese Doritos (you’ll only use about 12-15 chips per serving)
Sour cream (optional)
Cheddar cheese (optional)
Cook the beef and add taco seasoning per directions on the packet. In a separate bowl, combine black beans, salsa and garlic. Warm the beans on the stovetop or in the microwave. Line a plate with 12 to 15 Doritos. Layer with ground beef, black beans and any other taco toppings as you’d like. Top it off with shredded cheddar cheese.