1teaspoonDiamond Crystal kosher saltor ½ teaspoon fine salt
1tablespoonolive oil plus extra for the baking dish
1lb.lean ground beef(85/15)
4ozplain pork rinds
8ozshredded cheddar(2 cups)
½cuppickled sliced jalapenos
Heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a rimmed casserole dish with olive oil. A 9 X 13-inch baking dish works well, as shown in the video. In the photos, I made half the recipe so used a smaller baking dish.
Mix the salt, pepper and spices in a small bowl. Set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef. Cook, stirring and breaking up the meat, until no longer raw, about 5 minutes. Drain well. It's important to drain really well or the meat juices will make the pork rinds soggy.
Return the drained beef to the skillet. Lower the heat to medium and stir in the spice mixture. Cook, stirring, for about 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
Spread the pork rinds in a single layer on the prepared pan. Top with the cooked ground beef, then sprinkle the shredded cheese evenly on top. Arrange the jalapenos on top of the cheese.
Bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately, with your choice of toppings such as hot sauce, sour cream, guacamole, and/or salsa.
1. It's best to use large puffy pork rinds. I like El Mexicano Chicharrones, which I get on Amazon. 2. Nutrition info doesn't include any extra toppings such as sour cream or guacamole.