Blue Cheese, Pickled Red Onion, Celery, Cilantro

Having no set or concrete plans to watch Super Bowl 50, I decided if I did indeed forgo it, I would at least honor the yearly sport (and entertainment) spectacle with some grub appropriate for the sport, yet elevated for the event.

So only this morning did I come up with an idea for a pita-based nachos dish, topping it with a spicy chili made from ground lamb and a sauce base of NY Chup's Cilantro Lime Ketchup, and seasoned with India-inspired flavors such as cumin, garlic, coriander, curry, nutmeg, chili powder, and cayenne.

I split and cut pitas into quarters. I brushed the pitas on both sides with melted rendered bacon fat, sprinkling some dried oregano on the "rough" sides of the bread. Once toasted I started one layer of pita "chips" on the bottom of a plate, then topped that with the spicy lamb chili, some crumbled blue cheese and sliced celery (like Buffalo wings, another football staple), pickled red onions, and fresh cilantro.

Spicy  Lamb Chili "Pita" Nachos

Spicy Lamb Chili "Pita" Nachos

I repeated those steps two more times until I had a lovely tower of aromatic, spicy, hearty, rich, delicious, variably textured awesomeness which wound up becoming a fun sporting-like type of endeavor to eat my way through.