I have never been a big nachos person, never. Probably because I’m not a big chips person in general. If I’m gonna order street food or a snack you will catch me with fries 10/10 times. UNTIL, I came here to The Netherlands. I was reading the menu at this new place we were trying and realized they had “loaded nachos” on the menu but with FRIES underneath instead of chips…I fell in love.
Since then I have ordered nachos quite a few times actually, more times than I have in my whole life. SO, this week’s cheat day post is how to make your own loaded nachos!!!! If you’re like me you can make them with fries as a substitute for chips. I think I’m weird though, and the normal population enjoys normal nachos. For this reason I will use a recipe using chips, but if you’re like me just throw some fries in the oven and use instead 🙂
Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Make sure to line your pan with foil or parchment paper as the cheese will make your nachos stick! While you are waiting for the oven start to cook your meat of choice. For me this has always been ground beef, but some good substitutes are ground chicken, ground turkey, or even chorizo. Add some oil to a sauce pan and heat on medium heat. Add about 3/4 pound of meat, 1 small onion chopped and 2 cloves of garlic chopped. Cook about 6-8 minutes or until browned. I HATE beans, but most people like them. If you’re feeling them add 1 can of black beans and heat for an extra 3-5 minutes.
Spread a bag of your favorite tortilla chips across the pan. My special tip is to sprinkle some spices on top. I looooove adding heat to about anything edible, so adding some cajun spices can really spice up your nachos. Spread your meaty mixture across the pan trying to spread as even as possible (no-one likes when only half the chips have toppings). Add 10 oz. of your favorite cheese (pepper-jack is best, no discussion), and bake! It should take about 10-12 minutes, but this will depend on how melted you want the cheese!
Once they are done, pull them out and let them cool down for a few minutes. If you are planning on eating right away it is time to add some toppings!!! Toppings can make or break nachos. Too little and you’re just eating cheese chips, too much and you can’t taste everything on top. You can choose your favorites, but mine include about 3/4 cup of salsa (hot), jalapeños, and a large dollop of sour cream. Voila! You have your beautiful masterpiece and are ready to devour!!! Nachos are fun because you can really personalize them to your taste, and they’re a sure hit at any party or get together.