Taco Beef Nuggets with Tejano Dipping Sauce

Taco Beef Nuggets with Tejano Dipping Sauce
Total Recipe Time:  30 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 pound Ground Beef (95% lean)2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix1 can (4 ounces) chopped mild green chilies, drained16 cubes co-Jack cheese (1/2-inch)1 egg white 1 tablespoon water2 cups crushed nacho cheese-flavored tortilla chips Sauce:6 tablespoons prepared thick taco sauce3 tablespoons honey

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Combine Ground Beef, taco seasoning and green chilies in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Divide beef mixture into 16 portions; shape each portion around a cheese cube, completely covering cheese.
  2. Beat egg white with water in shallow dish until blended. Place chips in second shallow dish. Dip each meatball into egg white mixture, then into chips to coat completely. Press each meatball with palm into a flattened nugget shape, generously coating both sides of nugget with chips.
  3. Spray large baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place nuggets in baking pan; spray tops of nuggets generously with nonstick cooking spray. Bake in 400°F oven 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile combine sauce ingredients in small microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH 30 seconds or until warm. Serve nuggets with sauce.

Cook'sTip

Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
Nutrition information per serving: 516 calories; 27 g fat (11 g saturated fat; 8 g monounsaturated fat); 96 mg cholesterol; 872 mg sodium; 37 g carbohydrate; 2.4 g fiber; 3 g protein; 4.4 mg niacin; 0.3 mg vitamin B6; 2.1 mcg vitamin B12; 3.2 mg iron; 19.1 mcg selenium; 5.3 mg zinc.This recipe is an excellent source of niacin, vitamin B12, selenium and zinc; and a good source of vitamin B6 and iron.
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