How To Make Loaded Nachos

This recipe is completely unnecessary. Most people are satisfied with a bowl of chips, a bowl of cheese, and a bowl of chili. Presto, you’ve got nachos. Just what you need for a crowd.

But when you’re doing nachos for two, you can do a little better than that.

Ingredients

1 large bag tortilla chips
1-2 pounds perfect chili
2-4 cups nacho cheese sauce
¼ head of iceberg lettuce
1 medium tomato
½ medium onion
¼ cup pickled jalapeño slices

Directions

This is pretty much exactly the way I made nachos when I worked at a restaurant in college. Except that we used the nacho cheese in a can. Start by coring the lettuce.

Then cut one quarter out.

Chop into thin strips, then cut the strips in half.

Dice the onion.

To keep the nachos from getting soggy, you’ll want to remove the seeds and pulp from the tomato. Cut it in half and squeeze it gently. Knock the pulp out with your finger.

Then dice the tomato coarsely.

Make sure the chili and cheese are both hot, and arrange everything around the plate you’re going to use. The cheese isn’t in this photo, because it was still in a pot on the stove.

Lay out a single layer of chips.

Put a scoop of chili in the middle, surrounded by a ring of cheese.

Then a second thin layer of chips.

I hate getting through the top layer of chips, having no toppings left, and a big plate full of dry chips.

Add another round of chili and cheese, then cover that with shredded lettuce.

Top the lettuce with diced tomato, then onion.

The order matters. The tomato stands out against the lettuce, and the onion stands out against the tomato. If you do the onion on top of the lettuce you won’t be able to see it.

The last topping is optional. Add the jalapeños.

Now this is a thing of beauty.

It looks like a salad, until you notice the cheese hiding under the lettuce.

And the chili tucked in behind that.

But for me, the most beautiful view is when you’re halfway into it, getting layers of chili, cheese and other fixings all the way from top to bottom.

And that’s it.


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Loaded Nachos

Loaded Nachos

Ingredients

  • 1 large bag tortilla chips
  • 1-2 pounds perfect chili
  • 2-4 cups nacho cheese sauce
  • ¼ head of iceberg lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato
  • ½ medium onion
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapeño slices

Instructions

Slice the lettuce into thin strips, then cut into short lengths. Dice the onion. Remove the seeds from the tomato and dice. Heat the chili and the nacho cheese sauce.

Arrange a single layer of chips on a plate. But a scoop of chili in the center, surrounded by a ring of cheese. Add another layer of chips, and more chili and cheese.

Cover the top with lettuce, then tomatoes in the center, and onions on top of that. Optionally add jalapeños.

Serve with guacamole, sour cream or onion dip.

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