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Nachos, in simplest terms, are tortilla chips and cheese. This quick, easy, and quite tasty snack has been around since at least the mid-1940s. Supposedly invented by and named after Ignaci “Nacho” Anaya, nachos have a legendary history.
Over time, nachos have evolved to include many other toppings, some of which have transformed the snack into a meal. Whether you’re eating them at a Super Bowl party, the movie theater, a county fair, or at your local Mexican restaurant, nachos come in a variety of forms with many choices for toppings.
Should you decide to indulge in the food of the day, here are a few recipes you may find useful. If you try any of them, let me know how they turn out.
Texas Nachos are very similar to the original concept in that each tortilla chip is prepared with its own toppings. The toppings mainly consist of cheese and jalapenos, but others can be added. The recipe from houseofyum.com included here also uses refried beans, sour cream, and guacamole.
BBQ Chicken Skillet Nachos
I had to include these as soon as I saw them. My daughter is a BBQ lover, and I can’t wait to make these for her! This recipe from saltandlavendar.com calls for you to start by making a chicken BBQ sauce (using rotisserie or leftover chicken is suggested to make this an even easier fix). Then, pour it over tortilla chips layered in a skillet and bake it.
Blackened Shrimp Nachos
This recipe from grandbaby-cakes.com is similar to the BBQ Chicken Skillet Nachos. After making the blackened shrimp, layer them with pico de gallo over tortilla chips, and bake. This is one that could be used as either an appetizer for a gathering or a whole meal for just the family.
For a slightly healthier take on this classic snack, try scrummylane.com‘s Greek Nachos. For this no-bake appetizer, finely chop up some tomatoes, green peppers, cucumber, olives, and onion and serve over tortilla chips. Don’t forget to sprinkle it with crumbled feta cheese. After all, it’s not nachos without the cheese!
Strawberry and Chocolate Dessert Nachos
OK, OK. These aren’t exactly nachos, but how can you have a list of food without a dessert? This recipe from tidymom.net is a bit more involved than the others as she has you make the chips yourself by baking a buttered, cinnamon-sugar coated tortilla cut into wedges. That’s the hardest part, though. The rest is just cutting up the strawberries and sprinkling them over the top of the tortilla chips with chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Yum!