I don’t need much to make me happy on a Sunday at home: gray skies, a clean kitchen, an oversized sweater. Often what completes our lazy Sundays is Mexican food. Tonight it will be nachos.
Nachos are the perfect way to use up leftovers. A quarter an onion and half a can of beans become a meal when combined with cheese and chips. I’ve made nachos topped with crisp radishes in the spring, this easy homemade salsa in the winter, or with just cheese and hot sauce when the cupboards were bare. I’ve served them to my family, to friends in different cities, and to just myself in a small starter apartment. While I recognize the absurdity in attaching meaning to something as simple as nachos, this dish is staple in my life—a constant among the varying people and places that have been woven through the years. I also recognize the absurdity in all the money spent on the Super Bowl and the hype surrounding it, but, like nachos, I appreciate it as a reason to gather—to share food and a sofa for a little while. Tonight while the Patriots and Seahawks do their thing, I will be doing mine—working on my nacho game.The Basics
- Do not over do it with toppings. Too many toppings will make the chips soggy. On the other hand, though, don’t under do it with cheese. Go all out.
2. Bake them at 375°F on a parchment-lined sheet pan. The cheese will not stick to the parchment so you can easily pick up the chips. Also, any cheese around the edge will get crispy and brown which ups the delicious factor.
3. Add fresh ingredients such as sliced peppers, cilantro, green onions, or radishes just before serving the nachos.
That’s all you need to know from this nacho master. Now for the two teams competing for Nacho Bowl champion.
My Pick: Nachos Verde (Green Nachos)These nachos are vegetarian, but white fish or chicken can be added if you like.
- tortilla chips (obvs)
-Monterey Jack cheese
-salsa verde (green salsa)
-great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
-chopped green onions
-sliced serrano pepper
Mr. L’s Pick: Red Chili Nachos These are spicy so a cooling dollop of whipped cream is a must.
-tortilla chips (obvs, again)
-ground beef, browned and seasoned with chili powder or taco seasoning
-canned chili beans (the can will say, pintos in a mild chili sauce)
-cheddar and jack cheese
-sliced red jalapeño
-chipotle hot sauce
May the best nachos win!