Nachos are a Mexican specialty and consist of crispy tortilla chips served with different types of tasty toppings. Depending on which country you’re in, they can be eaten either as a snack or full meal. Although nachos are originally a salty dish, some cooks prefer them to be sweet and sometimes serve them as desserts. Gather your ingredients and learn how to make nachos at home.
What are Nachos Made of?
The most commonly used chips in nachos are tortilla chips. Tortillas are first broiled and then crisped to make the base. Melted cheese is then poured on top of the chips, as well as toppings like salsa, guacamole, hot sauce, onions and some herbs. You can also learn how to make nachos with chocolate syrup, sugar, and whipped cream or caramel sauce for dessert.
Health Benefits of Nachos
If you’re on a weight loss program, it is advisable to choose a smaller portion of nachos. It’s also a good idea to make your own tortillas or buy those made from wheat. Wheat tortillas are much healthier than those made from flour because they contain fiber and complex carbohydrates. Tortillas can also be a good source of calcium, as well as iron and sodium.
Your choice of toppings also determines the number of calories and nutrients nachos will have. If you prefer guacamole, you can benefit from the healthy fats, vitamin C and potassium avocados provide. On the other hand, salsa and hot sauce are sources of metabolism-boosting capsaicin and vitamins A and C. Sour cream as a topping can give you plenty of calcium and magnesium.
How to Make Nachos at Home
To learn how to make nachos, you will need:
- Fresh tortilla chips, preferably wheat
- Grated cheese as needed
- Your choice of topping (salsa, guacamole, onions, etc)
Place tortilla chips on a baking sheet and cover entirely with grated cheese.
Set your oven on the broiler setting and cook tortillas until the cheese is melted. Be careful not to place the baking sheet too close to the source of heat. Monitor your nachos to make sure cheese doesn’t burn.
Remove from the oven and add your toppings. Traditionally, you should add a generous amount of sour cream over the cheesy nachos, followed by guacamole and salsa. Serve and enjoy.
- 1 pack (6 oz) Fresh tortilla chips
- ½ cup melted butter, preferably unsalted
- 3 tablespoons Caramel sauce
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Whipped cream as needed
- Set oven to broiler. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Pour melted butter over tortilla chips. Add sugar-cinnamon mixture on top.
- Broil tortilla chips until golden brown. Top the nachos with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Serve.