Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Change of Scenery - Macho Nacho in Floral Bouquet

This post is going to look a little different.  You see, I am house sitting for my brother and his wife this week, as well as baby sitting the children, because they are celebrating their anniversary.  Thus, I have been "forced", as it were, to bust out their CorningWare for all my cooking needs.

As far as "Classic" CorningWare goes, I collect Wheat, Trefoil and Blue Cornflower...  When I cook, I usually use the Blue Cornflower, simply because, if anything terrible happens, it is significantly easier to replace than my Wheat or my Trefoil.

My brother and Sister-in-law, on the other hand, are collectors of Floral Bouquet.  Most of their collection is of the 3rd version of the pattern and in the A-series, but they have a few 1st & 2nd version pieces from the P-series as well.  Sadly, I am not using any of those pieces, since I only need a Baking dish and a Skillet, cause I am making the Macho Nacho.

My mom use to make this ALL the time when we were kids.  I was quite surprised when, as an adult, I ordered "Nacho" in a restaurant and received melted cheese drizzled over chips.  Sorry, to me that is not Nacho, cause I am use to having this multilayer deliciousness.

Since I am making this for fairly young children, I have used mild salsa and left out the diced green chiles and the sliced jalapenos this time, but this is a basic recipe that is infinitely changeable to meet your personal taste...  And I must say, I often skip the Jalapenos all together and go for finely chopped Chipotles in adobo.

Macho Nacho

Olive Oil
1 lb Ground Beef
2 cans Refried Black Beans
1 jar Salsa (mild, medium or hot-- your choice)
optional - 6 oz can Diced Green Chiles
6 oz can sliced Black Olives
optional - 4 oz can sliced Jalapenos
6 oz Cheddar, Shredded

Corning Ware 10 inch Skillet (A-10-B or P-10-B)
Corningware 2 quart Baking Dish (P-332)

Begin by placing the A-10-B/P-10-B over medium flame and drizzling Olive oil over the bottom of the dish.

When the oil is hot, add the ground Beef.

Saute, breaking the Beef down with a fork, until well browned.

Drain the Beef on paper towels and begin preheating the oven to 350F degrees.

Spread the Refried Black Beans over the bottom of the P-332.

Spread the Ground Beef over the Beans.

Spread the Salsa over the Ground Beef.

Here is where you would add the diced Green Chiles as well.
Sprinkle the Black Olives over the Salsa/Diced Green Chiles.

Spread the sliced Jalapenos, if using, over the Olives. (or spread finely chopped Chipotles with the adobo)
Now cover everything with the shredded Cheddar.

(It is important that the cheddar is last, for it will melt and protect the Olives and Jalepenos from drying out during cooking.)
Toss the P-332 into the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly... about 30-40 minutes.

Remove from the oven and spoon portions onto a plate... Sprinkle chips around...

Don't forget the big dollop of Sour Cream... And guacamole if desired.

Where is your Corning Ware??


  1. Shane you served on my Favorite Dinner Plates too. Looks Awesome, gotta try soon. Tnx for sharing.


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