Thanksgiving festivities are coming to an end and all of our family, friends and kiddos are returning to their normal schedules. Part of the joy of spending quality time with family during the holidays is the story telling, reliving and old memories, making new ones AND in our home NEW RECIPES!

Here’s a twist on the traditional turkey day leftovers that my brother shared with us at our Thanksgiving feast. Perfect after the 3 day of turkey dinners in our house hold.

As we head back to our busy work and school schedules it can be too easy to allow the tasty Thanksgiving leftovers get boring. After 3-4 meals of leftover turkey and stuffing, our fridge is still packed with holiday leftovers and the kiddos are not pleased. I don’t even think I can fake the smile to get everyone else excited for yet another turkey dinner.

Keep your kiddos, young or old, from complaining and spice up the last little bit of left overs with this out of the recipe. It’s NACH-O ordinary Turkey day left overs recipe.


Thanksgiving Leftover Nachos

• 1 bag tortilla chips
• 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
• 1 lb chopped turkey breast
• 1½ tablespoons Old El Paso® original taco seasoning
• 1 (16 oz) can Old El Paso® refried beans
• 1 cup cranberry sauce
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
• 2 tablespoons lime juice
• 2 jalapeno peppers
• Salt, to taste
• 1 green onion, sliced
• Sour cream, for serving

Heat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Place a layer of tortilla chips in the bottom of the pan; sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Top with more tortilla chips (you may not use the whole bag).
Lightly toss turkey with taco seasoning; sprinkle half of the turkey over the cheese. Top evenly with refried beans. Top with remaining turkey. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese.
Bake 5 to 10 minutes until cheese is melted and ingredients are warmed through. Meanwhile, make the cranberry-jalapeno salsa: In a small bowl, combine cranberry sauce, cilantro and lime juice. Seed and finely dice one jalapeno pepper; stir into salsa. Add salt to taste.
Slice remaining jalapeno; sprinkle over top of baked nachos, along with sliced green onion. Serve with salsa and sour cream.


Enjoy Thanksgiving on the ranch!