Make This at Home: Don Oscar’s (Not So Small) Nachos


This scrumptious dish was named in honor of our beloved, but now retired, first gardener – Don Oscar – who worked tirelessly to keep our organic garden blooming and bountiful. He was well known for his hearty appetite, and so this rather large dish of nachos was named after him.

Light enough to be a shared appetizer among friends, and large enough to be an entire meal for one person, Don Oscar’s (Not-So-Small) Nachos is easily one of our guests’ all-time favorite dishes. Don’t take our word for it, though, here’s the step-by-step recipe so you can taste the deliciousness at home! With most ingredients readily available in your produce section, you can whip this up in no time at all!

Nachos at Ka'ana Resort, Belize

1.  First and foremost, the meat needs to be prepared. 8 ounces (225 grams) of lean ground steak, seasoned with your favorite spices, is cooked until brown then set aside. (Shredded chicken can also be used).

2. Next, 5 ounces (140 grams) of your favorite yellow cheese (we use American) is melted down in a saucepan with 2 ounces (60ml) of milk and stirred until it’s melted and creamy.

3. Last comes our secret weapon and the best thing about this dish: the garden-fresh veggies! No canned products here, folks. The fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro and jalapeños from our organic garden, or your local market, make the perfect Pico de Gallo to top off this mouth-watering dish. Simply chop up a small red onion, 2 medium-sized tomatoes, jalapeños and cilantro to taste and place in a dish. Squeeze the juice of a lemon over it and season with as much salt and pepper as you like.

4. Now the fun part: assembly! Start by layering fresh and crispy tortillas with the creamy cheese sauce, then comes the ground beef and lastly top it all off with your handmade pico de gallo. Garnish with more cilantro and sliced jalapeños and now you have a hearty, healthy snack that works as a meal too… if you have an appetite like Don Oscar, that is!

Nachos at Ka'ana Resort, Belize

Check out more Ka’ana recipes here. Or you can contact us to book your next vacation so you can taste them at the source!