Everyone loves nachos, whether they are served alone, with cheese or loaded with delectable goodness. While you might consider this a Mexican dish, nachos were actually created for the American palate. A man named Ignacio Anaya, who was nicknamed Nacho, worked as a maitre d’ in a popular restaurant called the Victory Club, located in Piedras Negra near the Eagle Pass, Texas military base.
It is believed that one evening, a group of military wives arrived for a meal after the cook had gone home. While he knew he had no culinary skills to speak of, Nacho did not want to lose their business. He retreated to the kitchen, donned the chef’s hat and went to work, creating a trio of warm delicious goodness we know and love today: nachos with cheese and jalapeno pepper rings. The ladies loved this new dish and it is likely that, when they asked for its name, Nacho named the edible invention after his namesake.
Nachos as Game Day Food
Twenty years after their initial restaurant debut, a man named Frank Liberto thought nachos would be great as stadium food, adding them to the menu at Arlington Stadium, which was home to baseball’s Texas Rangers. His idea made this American fare even more popular than it already was, tweaking the cheese recipe to prolong the shelf life and promote faster service as this improvement wouldn’t require warming the deliciously yellow goodness.
From that point, it is believed that people said, “Hey, I can make this delicious stadium food at home!” Sure enough, not only did they begin making the delectable original featuring jalapeno rings, but they began to experiment with an assortment of toppings which led to today’s term of “LOADED NACHOS”. Loaded with what, you might be asking? Anything and everything that sounds delicious with Nacho cheese. Among the favorites meat choices today are homemade chili, pulled pork and hamburger meat. Other popular toppings include shredded lettuce, fresh diced tomatoes, sour cream and black olives, to name a few.
Are you craving nachos yet? If not, you certainly should be!
Adapted from the cookbook called ‘Get Grilling’ comes a great recipe for the ultimate loaded nachos, perfect for those who love the taste of pulled pork and tasty bacon. Need a great recipe for pulled pork so you can make these tasty loaded nachos? Follow the link in the ingredient list to our very own pulled pork recipe.
1 1⁄2 cups cooked pork, shredded
2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce
12 ounce can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning
2 medium tomatoes, diced
2 pickled jalapeno peppers, chopped
1⁄2 cup of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped plus some for garnish
7 ounces of white corn tortilla chips
1⁄3 cup of sour cream, plus additional for garnish
Three or four strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled for garnish
12 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Toss the pulled pork with one cup of barbeque sauce and set aside.
Coarsely mash the beans in a bowl, adding the lime juice, half the Cajun Rub, and salt to taste.
In another bowl, toss the diced tomatoes with the jalapenos and 1/2 cup of cilantro.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Scatter half the tortilla chips in a baking dish.
Scatter the meat, beans, and 1/3 cup of sour cream as well as half the tomato mixture over the tortilla chips.
Cover with the remaining chips evenly before spreading the remaining tomatoes, sauce, and Cajun Rub.
Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the entire dish.
Bake the deliciously loaded nachos until the cheese has melted and begins to brown, which is about seven minutes.
Serve this American fare warm, garnished with additional sour cream, bacon crumbles and cilantro.
Try this exceptional Mushroom & Bacon Casserole!
When you cook for family or friends, for special occasions, one of the most difficult decisions is what to cook to impress and to make everyone appreciate your cooking talents. Of course, there are various dishes to choose from, but you probably wish to come with something new and interesting, to touch their senses with the aromas of your dish.
Therefore, you first need to think about the main ingredients that you will use. For me, having mushrooms and bacon on hand is very important, as these are some of my favorite ingredients. I consider that either of these two ingredients allow me to diversify my meals and come with something new and delicious every time I wish to cook something delicious.
Now think about creating a dish which uses both mushrooms and bacon. Can you imagine the aromas and the taste of it? Well, the result is exceptional and you’ll sure love it! Anyway, I recommend doing this recipe when you have enough time to spend in your kitchen, as it requires over one hour of cooking.
Mushroom and Bacon Casserole Ingredients
4 cups unsalted beef stock
3 cups of water
8 center-cut chopped bacon slices
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
6 garlic minced cloves
8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
8 ounces sliced shiitake mushroom caps
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups uncooked pearl barley
1/3 cup Madeira wine
4 ounces Gruyère cheese – about 1 cup shredded and the rest divided
1/2 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves
2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (about 10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
How to prepare Mushroom and Bacon Casserole:
First, you need to preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Using a large saucepan, bring stock and the 3 cups of water to a simmer, without boiling it. Make sure you keep mixture warm.
Using a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium-high heat, until it gets crispy.
Remove bacon from the cooking pan, set it aside and reserve one tablespoon drippings in the pan.
Put pan to medium-high heat and then add onion, garlic and thyme to the remaining drippings in pan. Sauté the composition for 3 minutes or until it gets tender. Add mushrooms and then add salt. Cook the composition for 10 minutes or until it gets a brown color. Stir it occasionally.
Add the barley and cook for 1 minute, stirring the composition frequently.
Add Madeira and cook for 1 minute or until the entire liquid is absorbed by the composition in the pan.
Reduce the heat from medium-high to medium.
Add 2 cups of broth mixture and stir. Cook for 4 minutes or until the liquid gets nearly absorbed. Frequently stir during cooking. Add the remaining broth mixture, one cup at a time and stir frequently, so that the composition absorbs each portion of broth mixture. This step will require about 30 minutes to complete, as you need to wait until each portion of broth is completely absorbed before you add the next one.
Add 2 ounces Gruyère, tomatoes, spinach, bacon, soy sauce and pepper and stir them together.
Coat a 2-quart ceramic or glass baking dish with cooking spray and place barley mixture in it. Sprinkle the composition with remaining cheese.
Coat aluminum foil with cooking spray and use it to cover the composition.
Bake the composition at 375 degree for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes, or until all the cheese is melted. Let Mushroom and Bacon Casserole stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Celebrating Bacon at the 2nd Annual Little Rock Bacon Fest
The time has finally come to celebrate the Annual Little Rock Bacon Fest. 2015 will be the second year this celebration takes place, so the event is something relatively new and interesting. This event takes place on 19th of September, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds and it aims to provide support to the Arkansas State Fair Scholarship Program.
Walk/Run for Bacon
Starting in the morning at 10.00 am, Bacon Fest awaits its visitors and contestants with a 5k bacon themed run, which will open the festivities. Registration for the run begins at 9.00 am and the start time is at 10.00 am. The Fun Run/Walk is a non-timed run with a bacon theme, so that people participating at the run will get the opportunity to enjoy various tasty bacon food stations. Everyone is welcome to this walk/run contest, regardless of their age or abilities.
Everyone who attends the Fun Walk/Run event will be rewarded with prizes, which include:
- A t-shirt with the 2015 Little Rock Bacon Fest
- A “Prized Pig” ticket, which enables the owner to early entry into the festival before the general public. Gates to the event open at 11.00 am
- Race rib
- Pig nose
- Bacon snacks and treats during the race, and a bacon pancake at the end of the race
Bacon Themed Contests
During the event’s day, people are welcome to participate at the bacon themed cooking contests.
One of the most important contest of the day is the Amateur Cooking Competition. Any amateur cooks are welcome to enter this free contest. This contest is presented by Petit Jean Meats, which will also supply 2 lbs. of bacon for use in the competition. The teams are allowed to use their imagination to create unique dishes based on bacon.
Contestants are allowed to prepare their dishes ahead of time and bring them to the festival, or they can cook and prepare the dishes on site. Contestants can prepare appetizers, entrees or deserts, and these will be judged in the related categories.
There are three different awards in this contest:
- Most creative dish
- Best presentation
- Tastiest dish
Fun for Everyone
Different entertainment venues are ready to provide fun for everyone, young and old alike. Some of these include vendor booths, kids’ zone with inflatables, various bacon contests and live music.
There is a general admission fee for adults and kids under 8 years old are free to enter, with an adult.
If you missed it, the NFL 2015 Kick Off happened last Thursday, September 10th in a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots. The 28-21 football game ended in the Patriot’s favor, leaving die hard football fans hungry for another game. That’s not all those football fans are hungry for this season though, but with the following list of Game Day Snacks, you’re going have no problem intercepting those appetites with some delightful bacon-y goodness!
15. Bacon Lover’s Trail Mix
Find the recipe here
There’s nothing like watching a football game while munching on something with a salty bacon flavor, and this Bacon Lover’s Trail Mix is a sure fire winner. Best of all, the recipe is so quick and simple, even the busiest football fan can find the time to whip some up and invite friends over for a great game day get-together.
14. Crispy Bacon Grilled Cheese Roll Ups
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Crispy Bacon Grilled Cheese Roll Ups are another quick and easy game day snack that you can make in just a few minutes without blowing your bacon budget for the month! In fact, the entire recipe is super short and sweet, allowing you more time to catch those touchdowns and socialize with your guests. During half-time, you are sure to be raking in the compliments for your bacon inspired offerings.
13. Game Day Mini Bacon Quiches
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While these little bacon inspired jewels take longer to make, your guests will appreciate the time you took to make these Game Day Mini Bacon Quiches. A little of this, a little of that, toss them into a muffin tin and place in the oven …and presto! Your guest can enjoy a delicious snack that oozes with cheesy goodness and delectable bacon!
12. Pig and Dip
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No Game Day celebration is complete without chips and dip …but if you are tired of tasteless and overly processed potato chips, check out this Pig and Dip recipe using real Russet potatoes! Don’t have time to make your own homemade chips? Pick up a couple of bags of store bought chips and serve them with this de-lish homemade dip recipe.
11. Bacon on the Ritz
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You may think that you do not have time to make Game Day snacks but this little recipe is here today to prove you are wrong. Made with Ritz crackers, bacon and rich brown sugar, this little gem of a recipe costs next to nothing to make and is sure to be a big hit with your munching football fans.
10. Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs
Recipe available here
Deviled eggs have been a traditional food for gatherings and get-togethers for as long as most people can recall. Since your Game Day theme is centered around bacon, here is a quick and simple recipe that combines this finger food with that delectable bacon-y flavor. Betcha they won’t eat just one!
9. Man Candy
With a name like Man Candy, it’s no wonder this chocolate covered snack would be chosen as part of a Game Day line-up. Underneath this rich chocolate blanket is a strip of sweet and salty and ohh so crispy bacon! How’s that for a score?
8. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Recipe is posted here
Whether you have a weakness for spicy peppers or not, these tempting Game Day snacks are delicious and mild enough for nearly any palate to enjoy. With only three ingredients to gather, you won’t spend a mint making these bad boys and your football lovin’ guests will leave the platter empty.
7. Hot Dog and Bacon Roll-Ups
Detailed Instructions Here
Stadiums around the United States know that Game Day and Hot Dogs are a match made in heaven, but add bacon to the mix and wow! Hot Dog and Bacon Roll-Ups are sure to become the next all-American sports fans’ favorite snack. Requiring only three ingredients and a handy dandy crock pot, you can cook these tasty appetizers in just a few hours.
6. BBQ’d Pork Nachos with Bacon
Why would you bother serving plain ole nachos with cheese when you can have the delectable goodness of these barbeque pork and bacon topped nachos? These BBQ’d Pork Nachos with Bacon are sure to be a dish your football fans will talk about from kick-off until well after the football season has ended.
5. Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Mayo
With 20 minutes of prep time and 15 additional minutes to cook, these Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Mayo are certainly worth the time and effort required to throw these bay boys together. A word of warning though… your football fans are going to want more of these bacon inspired Game Day snacks.
4. Game Day Nachos
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Nachos can be made a million different ways and are an excellent way to celebrate the onset or end of football season. Whether you opt for homemade tortilla chips or buy them from the store, these Game Day Nachos are sure to please your football lovers’ palates!
3. Jalapeno Popper Cheeseball
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What’s a Game Day get-together or football party without the addition of a yummy bacon flavored cheeseball to your menu? This Jalapeno Popper Cheeseball has lots to offer, especially with these crunchy panko bread crumbs.
2. Bacon and Cheddar Sliders
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When planning your football inspired party, sliders are another great offering for guests. These Bacon and Cheddar Sliders are quick and easy to build, and it isn’t likely you will have any leftovers to contend with. Take this recipe and make it your own, topping these burgers with your own favorite veggies and cheese.
1. Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes With Creamy Dill Sauce
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If Game Day parties are common at your house, here is a new recipe to toss into the mix. Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes With Creamy Dill Sauce are easy to make and offer a new flavor to please and tease your guests’ taste buds. Not sure if you like the idea of a creamy dill sauce? Dip these little spuds in the spicy dip on number twelve, above.
Keep watching for more great recipes, coming soon to our blog!