Ingredients - Serves 4

  • 1 pkg Frozen Waffle Fries
  • 1 lb Ground Beef or Turkey
  • 1 pkg Taco Seasoning
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 8 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • 1 tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1 tbsp Frank's Red Hot Sauce - Buffalo
  • 8 oz Pico de Gallo (pre-made or fresh)
  • 2 JalapeƱos (seeded and sliced)

There may not be much in Springfield,IL, but if you ever find yourself there make sure to visit D'arcy's Pint. The local "delicacy" is something called the horseshoe and D'arcy's undeniably makes the best. Imagine an open faced hamburger topped with an generous helping of glorious french fries and a homemade cheese sauce. It is one of my favorite ways to eat cow. It's also the source of inspiration for tonight's Luck of the Irish Nachos. Many a night was spent watching an Illini game and snacking on their spicy mix of potatoes, meat and cheese washed down with a pint of Guinness. Dave and I had our fourth date there. He has long since moved from Springfield but whenever he finds himself back there the bartenders still remember him like it was last week. I am not sure if that's a testament to how memorable he is or how much he likes his meat and beer.

Directions - Prep: 10-15mins, Cook:20mins, Ready:30mins

  1. Prepare waffle fries per package directions.
  2. While waffle fries bake, brown ground beef in a pan. Season with taco seasoning per package directions.
  3. For Katie's cheese sauce, combine cheese, corn starch, evaporated milk, and hot sauce in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium heat 5-7 mins, whisking constantly until sauce thickens.
  4. Remove waffle fries from oven and arrange on serving tray. Layer with taco meat and cheese sauce. Top with pico de gallo and jalapeƱos. Optional toppings - Sour Cream, black olives