Decided I would share a recipe that I've made for years at home, and it's always requested. It is an authentic Mexican dish, but I've tampered with is some to suit my family's tastes. Also, it's originally made to be eaten in a bowl...just like chili... but my family has changed that as well, and we love it this way.
This is what I make to feed around four to eight people, usually with some eating seconds.
2 lbs. hamburger meat
2 cans of stewed tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
2 tbs fresh diced garlic (FRESH)
1 can of Rotel Tomatoes (med. to spicy --per tastes)
1 Jar Nopalito's (this is cactus and comes in a jar in the cultural food section)
2 bags of tortillo/nacho chips
1 bag shredded cheese
butter or margarine
In a skillet, brown the hamburger meat, while adding chili powder to taste. In a smaller pan, saute the onion and garlic with butter until the onion is soft. Once the hamburger meat is done and seasoned, drain the grease and place it in a large pot on Med. to High heat. Drain and add the stewed tomatoes, then add the Rotel and diced tomatoes. (I don't drain these...the juice will help flavor, and most will evaporate). Let this simmer for about five minutes, while you prepare the Nopalito's.
For the Nopalito's.... They come in a jar with a clear, water based juice. Drain this juice from the jar, leaving the nopalito inside. Due to the natural juices within the cactus, they are usually a little slimy. Add water to the jar and shake to wash off any remaining slime. Once they are washed and drained, place the cactus on a cutting board. You can keep them the same length if you desire, but I prefer to cut each at least twice, making smaller pieces that mix easier into the chili.
Back to your pot, add the saute'd onion and garlic and the prepared nopalito. Now, let this pot simmer until it blends well, and some of the juice has evaporated....NOT ALL OF IT!! Sample your chili as you wait, for now is the time to add any garlic or chili powder if you need to.
Once it is finished simmering... you can keep it as originally intended and eat it like chili.... OR my family likes to lay down a big handful of chips and pour the chili over them. Add some shredded cheese to melt in with it and you have an awesome bowl of nacho's.
Hope you all enjoy it....and I hope I explained it well enough. Message me or ask on here if anything is confusing. We love it and hope you do as well.