There’s no better Super Bowl food than nachos. Seriously, who doesn’t like them? They’re easy to make and great for feeding a crowd. One of my favorite restaurants in Newport, Diego’s, makes some of the best nachos I’ve ever had, so I’m sharing some easy at-home pointers to make your own this weekend (or anytime because nachos are always a good idea).
Game Day Nachos Recipe
Getting started with store bought
Save yourself time and energy and use quality store bought ingredients. Chips, salsa, shredded cheese, veggies, chili, etc. Anything you want to add. Homemade guac is always a nice touch if you have the time and is pretty easy to whip up. Jess and I both love Stonewall Kitchen and their tortilla chips, chipotle aioli and mild tomato salsa were perfect for these nachos. They taste fresh and homemade.
Nachos are best served hot, so chopping all of your veggie toppings beforehand will save time once you take them out of the oven. Red onions, tomatoes, and jalapeños add nice flavor.
Work in layers
Start off by making sure the base for the nachos is large enough—I always use a big baking sheet or even a pizza pan and cover the bottom with tin foil (easy clean up). Lay down the first layer of chips, cover with cheese and then do a second layer of chips and cover those with cheese. Nothing is worse that nachos with cheese that’s only on the top. Bake in the oven at 300 degrees until the cheese melts.
Toppings should be hot
Once you take the nachos out of the oven make sure you’re ready with hot toppings. Chicken, chili, steak or shrimp are all delicious options for toppings. Layer on the chili (or whatever protein you chose).
Fresh toppings are the last ingredient to pile on. Salsa, a few dollops of guac, red onion, fresh jalapeños, and fresh tomatoes—add veggies that will add some color and flavor to the top of your nachos. You can also add sour cream. I drizzled the top of this batch with chipotle aioli. If the aioli is too thick you can thin it out with a tiny bit of water, it won’t affect the taste and will be easier to use.
We’ll be cooking up all our favorite game food this weekend. Who’s excited? Go Pats!
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