Mt. Vesuvius Nachos and Friday Potluck!

Holy cow! How is it October already?? Time is flying away. Why is it that when you can’t wait for something to happen, time passes by the second and when you have so much to do before a certain date, time passes in leaps and bounds… and weeks?
Happy Friday Potluck!

Blog land is filled with great fall foods and crafts and I’m really enjoying reading about everyone’s adventures! I can’t wait to head into the mountains to see the aspen leaves changing color.
However, because I’m not aware of any great recipes using changing leaves, I’m bringing some amazing nachos to the potluck this week. Not particularly inspired, but they are oh so good.
Check out the elevation on these – near volcanic proportions.
I brought these Mt. Vesuvius Nachos to a friend’s house this past week. They invited us for wings, and we wanted to bring something. I was planning to make queso, but then felt bad because I’ve been making and writing about all these great foods, and couldn’t do just queso.
K piped up “Let’s do nachos!”
And commenced cooking a pound of ground beef.
Mount Vesuvius was born. 
I recommend using a dish significantly larger than a 9″ casserole. I’m just saying.
1 bag of chips
1 pound ground beef
1 can black beans, no salt added
3 cups shredded cheese
3 jalapenos diced
2 jalapenos sliced in disks
3 green onions, diced
1.5 cups salsa, mine or yours
1 packet taco seasoning
1.5 cups cubed velveeta
sour cream
Preheat oven to 350.
Brown the meat, adding in the 3 diced jalapenos, the green onions, taco seasoning and half the can of beans.
Meanwhile, melt the velveeta in a small saucepan, adding a teaspoon of olive oil to keep it from sticking. Once mostly melted, add in 1/2 cup salsa.
Layer chips in your dish and spoon on some of the meat mixture and top with queso and some shredded cheese. Continue layering until you run out of meat (this could be a LOT of layers depending on dish size). 

Good thing it’s a Potluck!!
Here are the instructions for joining the party:
1. Enter your post using the link to enter here below. This post must be published on your blog before you join the potluck.

2. Link back to this blog, EKat’s Kitchen using the button on the right of the page or a link, and visit your fellow potluckers’ pages and leave them a comment.

3. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about my potluck party.
Party on!
Also, in addition to my Friday Potluck, this week I’m linking to these parties:


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17 Responses

  1. Kelsey says:

    Mount Vesuvious! What an epic name. That seriously would be fantastic for a potluck. And velveeta! Mmm

  2. Vanessa says:

    Oh Yum! It is really bad to see this when I’m hungry! I can’t wait to try this recipe and I’m so glad you linked it up to the party this week!
    I’ll be back to add a recipe to your Friday Potluck!

  3. DarcyLee says:

    I love nachos! I should make them more often.

  4. Donna says:

    mmmmmmmmmm…looks SO good! I could go for one of those right now!! 🙂

    And yes…how is it October???

  5. Lol the timing on my reading this is so funny! Just last night I told the boy we needed to have “Tarachos” tonight.
    Your choice in names for this dish is PERFECT! love it! Great post.

  6. Marea Davis says:

    My boyfriend is drooling over these! I’m pretty sure he could eat them in one sitting…. and still stay so skinny!! <3

  7. Karen says:

    Holy cow! Those are some nachos!!! Party food is always so fun! Great idea…

  8. Yum! I love nachos andthis potluck party is so fun!

  9. zentmrs says:

    Oh my! Looks wonderful – thanks for sharing!!

  10. Carolyn says:

    Now those are some serious nachos! My husband would think he’d died and gone to heaven.

  11. Lauren says:

    Hi Erin!!! Thanx so much for the comment on my cotton candy ice cream! I tried so hard to survive without an ice cream maker, but it just wasn’t possible! haha Your Mt. Vesuvius Nachos look so yummy!!! My brother is in the Army and has asked me to send him some recipes, I will definitely be passing yours on to him!

  12. Jacqueline says:

    I would be willing to brave the lava for these. Wow, this looks like a family fav. I love the name too.

  13. @ Everyone, thanks so much for braving the Vesuvius lava to join the potluck and making it a great success once again! I promise to keep the potlucks going every week — so keep your recipes coming!


  14. Hanna says:

    Hi there! I am your newest follower from the Friday blog hop! Lovely blog:) You can find me at


  15. ☺lani☺ says:

    First time here! Yum, nice presentation too! Happy Weekend

  16. Jerri says:

    Looks really yummy! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

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