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Gourmet Steak And Chicken Nachos

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Ingredients

For the Steak and Chicken:

- 8 oz flank steak

- 8 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast

- 2 tablespoons olive oil

- 1 teaspoon chili powder

- 1 teaspoon cumin

- 1/2 teaspoon paprika

- Salt and pepper to taste

For the Nachos:

- 1 bag of your favorite tortilla chips

- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

- 1 cup of your favorite pico de gallo (store-bought or homemade) - pico de gallo often includes cilantro

- 1/2 cup sour cream

For the Authentic Cheese Sauce:

- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

- 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

- 1 cup whole milk

- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

- 1/2 teaspoon paprika

- 1/2 teaspoon cumin

- Salt and pepper to taste

- Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

Directions

1. Marinate and Grill the Steak and Chicken:

  • In separate bowls, marinate the steak and chicken with olive oil, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Let them sit for at least 15 minutes to absorb the flavors.

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2. Grill the Steak and Chicken:

  • Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.

  • Grill the steak for about 4-5 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or until it reaches your desired level of doneness. Grill the chicken for about 6-8 minutes per side, until it's no longer pink in the center.

  • Let the meat rest for a few minutes, then thinly slice the steak and shred the chicken.

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3. Make the Authentic Cheese Sauce:

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.

  • Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until it becomes a light golden color.

  • Slowly whisk in the milk and continue whisking until the mixture thickens.

  • Reduce the heat to low and add the shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Stir until the cheese is completely melted and the sauce is smooth.

  • Season with paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Keep the sauce warm.

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4. Assemble the Nachos:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

  • On a large oven-safe platter or baking sheet, arrange a layer of tortilla chips.

  • Sprinkle half of the cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese over the chips.

  • Top with the sliced grilled steak and shredded chicken.

  • Add another layer of tortilla chips and the remaining cheese.

  • Place the platter in the oven and bake for about 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

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5. Add Toppings:

  • Remove the nachos from the oven and drizzle the authentic cheese sauce over the top.

  • Spoon pico de gallo (with cilantro) over the nachos.

  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for added flavor and freshness.

  • Add dollops of sour cream.

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6. Serve:

  • Serve your gourmet loaded steak and chicken nachos with cilantro immediately while they're hot and the cheese is gooey.

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Notes

Enjoy your upgraded gourmet nachos with a touch of cilantro for added freshness and flavor!

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