At some point in grade school my mum tried a recipe that had been given to her by a family friend. We liked it but made some changes. Then some more changes. And some more. Some changes were based on availability (they didn't really have Sour Cream in Africa when I tried to make it there), some changes were based on preferences (my dad and brother don't really like green peppers), and some changes were based on health considerations (we now use Balkan Style or Greek yogurt instead of sour cream). Yes, a recipe can change a lot in 25+ years!
Here's the latest version:
If you like, first start frying up some ground meat or the veggie stuff that resembles ground meat.
Meanwhile bring to a boil of a can of 796ml crushed tomatoes (Unico is my favorite brand), a 398ml can of baked beans (you can experiment with ones in tomato sauce, with pork, or in maple syrup which is my fave), and a 398ml can of kidney beans (you can experiment with white and red). If you're doing meat you can add it to this pot. Adding enchilada seasonings is optional. Keep this mixture hot until you're ready to serve.
Finely chop whatever veggies you might. I like cucumber, green onions, avocado, sweet bell peppers, and tomatoes. In the past I also tried shredded lettuce and carrots (not my fave) and sometimes I add white or red onion and corn. I keep each veggie in its own dish if I'm eating with other people.
Shred whichever cheese you'd like. Over the years I've done cheddars, marble, mozzarella, and jack.
Choose some gooey dairy to go on top. I like Greek yogurt but you can use sour cream or cottage cheese instead. I like to put these in their own dishes too.
Get out the salsa if you want it and the nacho chips (I like plain tortilla chips, but chips like Doritos work too, depending on your tastes).
If you liked melted cheese put that on your plate first, then dollop on the hot sauce to help the cheese melt. Add whichever toppings you want. Then either scoop this up with chips or follow my lead and sprinkle crushed chips on top and mix it all up.
GO EASY on the toppings - this dish piles up fast!
The more you make it the more you will personalize it. It's fun! It's a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen and excited about what they're eating. It's fun to serve at parties as it can accommodate any picky eater!
If you end up making this please come back and tell me how it went. I'm sure you'll love it!