Simple, Cheesy Nachos
Every Mexican or American restaurant my hubby and I visit, will always include a Nacho starter. In fact, my hubby loves nacho’s so much, that we regularly make this at home on a Saturday as a light lunch or as part of a Mexican Fiesta.
This recipe is simple and packed full of flavour. It is guaranteed to be the hit at your next party or pre-game snacking table!
Nachos is synonymous with guacamole, sour cream, tomato salsa and a tonne of jalapeños. However, sometimes we need a bit of variation in our lives to curb the boredom. For that reason I’m including some great topping alternatives to take your nachos to the next level:
- If you are feeling in a bit of a healthy mood, why not substitute the sour cream for fat free Greek yogurt? Even better if you flavour the yogurt with a touch of garlic or chilli.
- I’ve eaten in a restaurant where the chef added sweetcorn and chorizo as a topping. I seriously couldn’t get enough and ended up ordering the same dish for my mains as well – truly a game changer!
- Sometimes when I make my slow-cooked beef brisket, there will be tonnes of left overs that I then put into the freezer. This comes in so handy when I make nachos for a light lunch. Pulled pork will work just as well.
- I’m not particularly fond of jalapeños and therefore I sometimes will substitute this for finely sliced olives and top it with feta or goats cheese for extra decadence.
- Don’t have cheddar? Why not substitute with mozzarella (you’ll definitely get the pull factor on this one!) or a grated pizza mix cheese that will give you the best of all worlds. I’ve even once used blue cheese as I didn’t had anything else – it was a taste explosion!
- Add some homemade refried beans.
- Top with a homemade chilli con carne as a filling lunch or dinner.
- I also like to make my own flavour powder to sprinkle on before cooking. My favourite combination is equal parts of smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and sumac.
- To make it extra cheesy, I also dollop some cream cheese in between the layers – extra cheesy and extra creamy!
- I always make my nachos in individual oven proof dishes as I can customise it for each person.
Simple, Cheesy Nachos
- 180g tortilla chips, ready salted or flavoured if you prefer
- 200g grated cheddar cheese (or any cheese you prefer)
- Jalapeños or any other topping (see above)
- Sour cream
- Set the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
- Layer half of the tortilla chips on the bottom of the dish followed by half of the cheese and half of any other topping you are using (not sour cream, guacamole or salsa).
- Layer the rest in the following order: tortilla chips, topping, cheese.
- Place in the oven for about 8-10 minutes until the cheese has melted.
- Serve with guacamole, sour cream and salsa
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