Monday, February 14

The Trick to Homemade Nachos

Making nachos at home is a fairly new thing for me.  Nachos used to be something I always got at Taco Bell (don't judge), but they were never something I made at home.  Then I met the Hubs.  These were his standby, late night meal after he got done with a closing shift at the restaurant.  I always thought that nachos had to have the bright orange goopy cheese, but Hubs taught me otherwise.  Once you get used to the finely shredded real cheese--it is so much better.  That of course is combined with my stand alone food group, sour cream.  But I digress.

When we moved to Smalltown in late 2009, we didn't have a microwave.  Our house we have back in Hometown has a built in microwave and I made do without one after moving for nearly six months.  (Sidenote: a sure way to make a man panic in the kitchen--ask him to reheat something for his daughter for lunch when there isn't a microwave.  Yes, I did nearly all the reheating during that six month stretch.)   So when I planned nachos one night for dinner, having no microwave, I decided to stick the nachos in the oven on the top rack beneath the broiler.

Can you say yum?  

It makes the cheese all melty and bubbly and the chips nice and crispy.  We did finally get a microwave....and I still make our nachos in the oven. 

They are just. that. good.

Nachos ~ at least according to our house

Taco meat (I usually use only about a half pound of ground meat that is browned and seasoned with homemade taco seasoning and then mix with a can {about 1 1/2 cups}black beans....makes the meat stretch further)
Shredded cheese
Sour cream
Salsa or grilled salsa, if you have it.
Tomatoes, diced
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Jalapeno rings

Set broiler on oven to low and move oven rack to highest position.

Layer chips on a baking sheet or oven proof plate and top with taco meat.  Sprinkle shredded cheese on evenly and place under broiler with oven door cracked.  Broil until cheese is melted and chips start to brown around the edges.  Top with remaining ingredients and serve.

Do you make nachos at home?  If so, what do you like to include?  

This recipe is linked to:

Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday
Blessed With Grace Tempt My Tummy Tuesday

Designs By Gollum Foodie Friday
Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap

Hearth 'n Soul Recipe Swap  
Miz Helen's Country Cottage Full Plate Thursday 
Paisley Passions Fun With Food Friday  
We Are THAT Family's Works For Me Wednesday


Kat said...

Hey there,
Nachos can have all the food groups, or just be veggie and beans. My late night go-to meal is a whole wheat tortilla with fresh spinach, cheese and anything leftover to stuff in side, toasted on our flat griddle.

Here's the correct link to Whisker Lickin Good spice mix:

Tracey said...

Must be lunch time - those look so delicious! Thanks for the tip about using the broiler; should help as we like our nachos crispy!

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

We LOVE to make nachos all the time at home. I always use my oven but have never brolied them... can't wait to try it the next time I make them.

Thanks so mucj for sharing.

Julie said...

I just returned from Mexico and had the best nacho's there. I am hoping to recreate them! These look delicious.

Kelly said...

Your nachos look delicious! I never make them at home, but I think I'm gonna after seeing yours.

Cozy Home Scenes said...

I haven't made nachos at home in a long time. I shouldn't admit this, but my favorite nachos are the ones from Taco Bell. I've always used refried beans when I do make them, so I'll have to try your idea with the black beans.

Now Serving said...

That looks like a plateful waiting to be devoured :) YUMMMY Nachos - We make this often as an after-school snack

girlichef said...

You know what? I LOOOOVE nachos! I have to make two sheet trays full and I do them in the oven, to feed the whole fam. Nothing wrong w/ having a TB connection...I adore their bean burritos w/ sour cream added in. Total yum! Oh, and have you tried their new chipotle sauce? In the packet? So good! The salsa verde, too! sssshhhhh Thanks for sharing this w/ the hearth and soul hop...and deciding my dinner plans for me tonight ;)

Miz Helen said...

I am sure getting ready for some good Nachos after all those Valentine goodies. Your Nachos look soooo good. Thank you so much for bringing them to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

Candace said...

I don't know when I've seen yummier looking nachos. These might have to appear at my house this weekend. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I'm going to look at your grilled salsa now. That sounds fabulous!

Marge said...

I love making nachos in the oven - especially with leftover chicken breasts. This looks and sounds wonderful!


We always make our nachos in the oven too! I love the crispy chips. Yours do look yummy!


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