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Nachos Recipes For National Nachos Day

November 6th is National Nachos Day, a good occasion to have a nachos party. What’s that? An occasion to get together with friends and try different nachos recipes—with different types of beers, of course, and different Margaritas. Who doesn’t enjoy a hearty plate of nachos for a snack, or even for a main course? They’re the easiest Mexican dish to make at home.

At the most minimal, you can simply cover tortilla chips with shredded Cheddar, Jack or other semi-hard cheese, with or without salsa; then use the microwave or broiler to melt the cheese.

Of course, there are more elaborate recipes.

And you can top the tortilla chips with anything you have on hand (including such luxury items as crab, lobster, scallops and shrimp).

Our favorite add-ons to nachos:

  • Adobo sauce
  • Black beans and corn kernels—or use a bean and corn salsa
  • Cheese sauce, a.k.a. queso salsa
  • Chili (bean, meat or combination)
  • Chopped chives, cilantro and/or parsley
  • Chopped gherkins
  • Crumbled cotija or queso blanco cheese
  • Diced avocado or guacamole
  • Red onions or scallions
  • Halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Hot sauce
  • Lime wedges
  • Pepitas
  • Pickled jalapenos, pickled red onions
  • Refried beans
  • Salsa, especially pico de gallo
  • Sliced green and/or red jalapeños
  • Sliced olives
  • Shredded chicken, lamb or pork or crumbled ground beef (a great use for leftover hamburger)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sour cream or crema
    For visual and flavor interest, we like to use a mix of yellow and blue corn tortillas (for Independence Day, go red, white, and blue!).

    Confessions of a tortilla chip addict:

    While we have our favorite brands, as long as the chips before us are crisp and not over-salted, they are very welcome.

    If you want to make your own tortilla chips, here’s a recipe.


  • Baked Potato Nachos
  • Basic Nachos
  • Fusion Nachos
  • Greek Nachos
  • Hummus Nachos
  • Irish Nachos
  • Nacho Cheese Ball
  • Naked Nachos, Skillet Nachos & Grandma’s Candy Apple Nachos
  • Potato Wedge Nachos
  • Savory Nacho Cheesecake
  • Toppings For International Nachos
  • Turkey Nachos
  • World Cup Nachos
  • Zucchini Nachos

  • Nacho Stuffed Shells


    [1] Carnitas nachos with shredded pork (photos #1 and #3 © Good Eggs).

    [2] Double-sauce nachos, with salsa and crema (photo © Natasha Bhogal | Unsplash).

    [3] Nachos with salsa verde, green salsa made with green chiles, tomatillos, and cilantro. Check out the different types of salsa.

    [4] Here’s a nicely loaded plate: nachos with black beans, cilantro, crema, pico de gallo, sliced jalapeno, sliced radish, queso/cheese sauce (photo © Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog).





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