You know the only thing better than the crispy tortilla chip/melty cheese combo of classic nachos? Topping it with meaty bites of beef fajita!
Sure, regular nachos are great, but why not make them EVEN more delicious? For my fajita nachos, I’m using flank steak. Flank is one of the four “skirt steaks” of beef, along with inside skirt, outside skirt and flap. It is a single muscle that has a very obvious grain running the entire length. This pronounced grain makes flank a little tougher, but packed with flavor. The “grain” of meat is the direction the muscle fibers are running, and you always want to cut against the grain to make your meat more tender. Though it’s traditional to cut flank steak into long thin pieces, for this recipe I cut the beef into bite size piece (much easier to scoop up with a tortilla chip). Cutting into smaller pieces also helps to counteract any toughness in the meat, because you have less chewing to do. So it’s a win/win!
Tips & tricks for this recipe:
- The type of cheese you select makes a pretty major difference to the nachos. Obviously, it’s a given that you want a cheese that is going to melt really well. I recommend Asadero, you can use mozzarella too but it has less flavor. Many grocery stores also have a “Mexican style blend” that might be suitable. In my experience, the very cheap cheeses have very little flavor, so it’s worth spending a few extra bucks.
- You can use any fajita style rub to season the beef, but I highly suggest you go with my Hardcore Carnivore Meatchelada, a chili lime rub. It’s free from unnecessary tenderizers and isn’t laden with MSG, so you can actually taste the beef.
THIS RECIPE WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GOOD FOLKS AT THE BEEF LOVING TEXANS.