10 Nachos Recipes That Are So Much More Than Chips and Queso
Nachos are the perfect snack for sports fans, as they're easy to make, utensil-free, and always a crowd-pleaser.
If there's one appetizer that says "game day," it's nachos. This crowd-pleasing, indulgent snack is as versatile as it is easy to make. From a vegetarian bite covered in toppings like canned black beans and shredded cheese to loaded creations topped with an array of star-studded additions (the Skillet Chili Nachos pictured here is the perfect example), there's a recipe for nachos that will your whole crowd will be anxious to devour.
The most basic version of nachos consists of warm, crispy tortilla chips covered in sharp shredded cheese (think cheddar, Monterey Jack, and even melty gouda). A dollop of sour cream, sliced jalapeño peppers, and salsa are the finishing touches. But the beauty of nachos is that anything goes. In a cast iron skillet, we've layered our classic Easy Beef Chili over yellow corn tortilla chips along with black beans, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced radishes, avocado, jalapeño peppers, and sour cream. The result is a two-for-one game day special that will score big with your crowd.
However, you don't have to use tortilla chips when making nachos. One of our favorite recipes swaps in kettle-cooked potato chips in place of the usual corn chips for an extra-crunchy bite. We even upgrade the toppings; instead of something sharp, we use a combination of crumbled blue cheese and shredded gouda to make a creamy cheese sauce that is drizzled over the chips (there's also hot sauce for Buffalo-inspired flavor).
Of course, you don't have to follow a specific recipe—just mix and match your favorite flavors and toppings (think: ground pork, chicken, or beef; jalapeño or habanero peppers; and any ooey-gooey cheese that you please) for a dish that is sure to gather cheers.
Chicken Chili Nachos
Who says you have to use tortilla chips for nachos? Swap in kettle chips and smother with Gouda and blue cheese sauce, jalapeño, sour cream, and chives for a delectable twist on the classic.
Take it from us, people can be a little possessive about their nachos, especially when they're this good. Try making separate stacks so that your guests don’t have to share.
Spicy Sausage, Bean, and Cheese Nachos
Tortilla chips usually serve as the base for nachos but not in this topsy-turvy recipe! Here they form a spectacular crust for a savory beef filling. Serve alongside bowls of toppings such as radishes, jalapeños, black olives, sour cream, and cilantro, and let your guests help themselves.
Our take on the classic Latin-American dish picadillo is smoky, sweet, and tangy, thanks to the pairing of ground pork with chipotles in adobo, ancho chile powder, cinnamon, cloves, cider vinegar, and raisins. It makes a phenomenal topping for nachos.
A cross between nachos and loaded baked potatoes, this recipe teams roasted potato wedges with a both Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, turkey bacon, and scallions. Don't forget the salsa and sour cream!