Greek Nachos with Ground Lamb

Greek Nachos with Ground Lamb

Greek Nachos with Ground Lamb

I try to never be ashamed of my life choices. Which is why I will openly admit to all of my fine readers here at We are not Martha that I do, in fact, eat nachos for dinner on occasion. I could give you a bundle of excuses (I’m SO tired. I’ve had a really long, hard day at work. I’m craving nachos. I heart cheese a lot. A LOT.), but instead I’ll simply embrace it. Gourmet dinners are grand, but sometimes nachos are better. And that’s a fact.

I should also clarify that when I say nachos, I typically means tortilla chips with melted cheese and lots of salsa. Super high class, obviously. But a couple weeks ago, I may have started to feel a bit guilty about my nacho habit and decided to do something to make them into an actual real honest meal. Time to call in the meat, if you will. I spotted ground lamb at my grocery store (which, if you’ve been following the New England news that’s gone national, is Market Basket. And I can’t even describe to you how much I’m missing it right now. SIGH) and immediately knew I wanted it on nachos. Greek nachos. With pita chips since you clearly can’t do tortilla chips with Greek nachos.

To be fair, part of the point of nachos is how simple they are and I certainly didn’t want to over-complicate my lazy dinnertime routine with this recipe. So, though there are more ingredients involved than in the typical nacho “recipe,” they’re still quick and easy to make. And well, to be honest, quite a bit more of a complete meal than your everyday nacho platter.

Greek Nachos with Ground Lamb:
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  • 3 pieces pita bread, split and cut into 8 triangles
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 lb. ground lamb
  • 1/4 t coriander
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/4 oregano
  • 2 oz. Feta cheese
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 C kalamata olives, chopped
  • Hummus
  • Greek yogurt

Pre-heat oven to 370 degrees.

Brush both sides of pita bread triangles with olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Pita Chips

Bake pita chips at 370 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.

In a pan over medium heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil and cook onion and garlic until softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

Red Onion

Add lamb to pan and sprinkle on coriander, cumin, and oregano. Cook, breaking up with spatula, until no longer pink.

Ground Lamb Saute

Arrange chips into nacho formation and sprinkle feta cheese in between layers and on top.

Pita Chips Feta

Broil for a couple minutes until feta gets melty. Top nachos with lamb and then sprinkle on chopped tomato, cucumber, and kalamata olives. Scoop hummus and Greek yogurt onto nachos for maximum scooping potential. You can sprinkle more feta over the top if you want, too.

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Now are you with me in the fact that nachos are an acceptable dinner? Please?

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If you really want to argue it, I’ll just tell you that in a sense, these nachos are basically like open-faced tacos. With pita chips. And probably even less cheese and more vegetables than your standard tacos.

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And whereas you may be scooping up loads of sour cream and queso with regular nachos, you’ve got healthy Greek yogurt and hummus on these nachos. Scoop away, friends.

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This platter was totally fully loaded.

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You also may have noticed I didn’t attach a persons served number to these. Because honestly, it depends on how hungry you are. And if you’re eating this for an appetizer or a meal. I’ll just say that two people could probably polish this off together. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.

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This dinner also made me realize I need to incorporate more lamb into my life. And pita chips. And probably kalamata olives, too.

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And that is how I justify nachos as a meal. Not that they need justifying. Ever. Tortilla chips with cheese and salsa will always be an acceptable idea in my book.

Do you have a favorite way of making nachos into a meal?


19 Responses to "Greek Nachos with Ground Lamb"

  1. yummy!!! Gonna to try this.

  2. these are some classy nachos! love it. 🙂

  3. Nancy says:

    Golly – does that sound yummy! I want to go get the ingredients and make it right now!! Alas, I have to finish my work day first, I guess.

  4. Kitchen Belleicious says:

    the ground lamb was a great idea and out of the norm for some people, including myself. love it

  5. Nachos for dinner happens more than infrequently in my house, too. Or if we’re out to eat sometimes – it’s usually a pretty inexpensive dish to order that we both share for dinner and leave us full. I like to add leftover grilled chicken chunks to the mix for protein’s sake, but your version with ground lamb sounds so great!! We love the flavors of Greek food, so I bet we’d be a huge fan of these!

  6. Nachos are definitely an acceptable dinner in my world! A dish like this just means more variety which means nachos should be for dinner alllll the time:-)

  7. Justine says:

    This is definitely a complete meal! One I’d eat every night!!

  8. genius! this is such a great idea. You shouldn’t think twice about enjoying this for dinner.

  9. I love ground lamb and I can only imagine how full of flavor these nachos must be!! Bring me some please!!

  10. This is something the kids will love! I have never had nachos as a meal at home and I think I should remedy that 🙂

  11. Megan says:

    Greek nachos sound awesome to me. SO many of my favorite ingredients!!

  12. Rachel says:

    I love your new site so much! Beautiful!! These nachos sound amazing. What could be better honestly?!

  13. Pam says:

    My husband would love these nachos!

  14. Mary Frances says:

    What a fun idea! I love that you used lamb.

  15. Odetta says:

    Oh my. There will make the best Friday night dinner!

  16. Gosh when you turn around, you do it up right. What a champion nacho meal—-good that it is complete, but all the yummy stuff who cares! I hear you about the grand gourmet meals—–they are fun, but so are the simple ones. Contrast is the ‘spice’ of life, as it is touted.

  17. Joanne says:

    I officially condone your nacho consumption! I was actually thinking of how to turn nachos into a legit main myself and now here you are with these. 🙂

  18. Jeannie Tay says:

    Hi Sues, I would love to have that plate in front of me right now! Seeing how delicious and healthy it looks, I would eat it happily any time of the day:D

  19. Victoria says:

    What a cool variation for nachos! I love that you used homemade pita chips as the base. I totally think nachos are an acceptable dinner. To be honest, one of my favorite quick, go-to meals is bean and cheese quesadillas with homemade pickled jalapenos. They take me no time to make (and they are basically an entire food group because I eat them so much) but man they are just so comforting after a long day 🙂 Kinda like nachos!

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