Man, we love a good plate of nachos! Our favorite nachos ever were some that we had in San Diego while on vacation a few years ago. Maybe it was the ocean, the cold beer and the great company, but oh those were really good nachos! Last summer we went back there, dreaming of having those nachos again, but the restaurant had closed down. Bummer.
Then there was our favorite local place called Chuy's - wow they had some great nachos - but they closed too! Ugh!
We try nachos in restaurants here and there, and we've been disappointed so many times that I have finally just started making them myself. So many places use that runny "cheese sauce" that we aren't fans of. Give us some regular, honest-to-goodness grated cheese!
This is an easy go-to dish that can be heated in the microwave, thus not warming up the kitchen with the real oven this time of year. Here's how I make our favorite nachos:
Deb's Summertime Nachos
corn tortilla chips
grated cheese (I use a mix of cheddar and jack)
diced, cooked chicken
canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
diced jalapeno peppers
Use some tortilla chips that you really like - and it's best if they are the thick kind that don't break easily with the weight of all that yummy stuff on them. I arrange a layer of chips on a plate, kind of overlapping the edges and just making sure they are all flat.
Sprinkle with grated cheese - a lot of it - and then add a little chopped chicken and some pinto beans.
Add another layer of chips - not so many this time - and then repeat with the cheese, chicken, and beans.
Microwave for two minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
Now you can add all of your other toppings, pop open a cold one, and pretend you're at the beach.
How about you? Are you a fan of nachos?
Gosh, you should come on over some night and I'll make a plate for us!