For a couple of years I completely boycotted them because they changed the nachos. Then one evening I was on a "mom date" with my girls, and that was where they wanted to go. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I discovered that the nachos were back.
But now, now I may never have to eat out again! I made Applebee's nachos at home tonight.
And since I am so very nice I am going to share my recipe with you.
But before I can do that I have to give you my special *super secret* pico de gallo recipe, begged from my favorite Mexican restaurant.Pico De Gallo de La Hacienda
1 head of cabbage finely chopped
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 bunch of cilantro finely chopped
5-6 roma tomatoes, diced
2 limes, juiced
Salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients together in a large plastic container with a tight fitting lid.
Store in the fridge.
This is really fabulous on the second day when the flavors have had a chance to mix together.
I have a Cuisinart that I bought at the thrift store- it made short work of all the chopping. I just made sure to use the "pulse" button so I didn't end up with cabbage juice...
Then, you have to make the cheese sauce (This is what makes the nachos taste like they came from Applebee's- so don't skip this step!)
2 tsp butter
2 tbs flour
1tsp white pepper
Velveeta or store brand equivalent
Your favorite hot sauce to taste
In a skillet melt butter. Add flour and pepper. Stir to soak up all butter. Slowly stir in milk a little at a time, stirring constantly to break up clumps of flour. You want to end up with a runny white sauce. Melt cheese into white sauce (I used 1/2 of a big brick). Add hot sauce to taste-the cheese at Applebee's is pretty spicy.
Now that you have made that, you are ready for the NACHOS.
Black beans rinsed and heated
Finely shredded lettuce
Pico de Gallo
**Applebee's also adds spicy ground beef and jalapenos- but that makes them too spicy for me so I leave them out.
Pile the ingredients on your plate in the order listed and enjoy!
3 out of 4 taste testers like this meal and I got to hear about how awesome I was all through dinner!