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:
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
Crumbled cotija or queso blanco cheese
Diced avocado or guacamole
Red onions or scallions
Halved cherry or grape tomatoes
Pickled jalapenos, pickled red onions
Salsa, especially pico de gallo
Sliced green and/or red jalapeños
Shredded chicken, lamb or pork or crumbled ground beef (a great use for leftover hamburger)
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
Nacho Cheese Ball
Naked Nachos, Skillet Nachos & Grandma’s Candy Apple Nachos
Potato Wedge Nachos
Savory Nacho Cheesecake
Toppings For International Nachos
World Cup Nachos
MORE NACHOS RECIPES
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> THE HISTORY OF NACHOS
 Carnitas nachos with shredded pork (photos #1 and #3 © Good Eggs).
 Double-sauce nachos, with salsa and crema (photo © Natasha Bhogal | Unsplash).
 Nachos with salsa verde, green salsa made with green chiles, tomatillos, and cilantro. Check out the different types of salsa.
 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).