It’s Fiesta Friday here in the House of Snuggles! Ole!
Not only does Fiesta Friday mean a Calypso Dance Party (she just loves to dance) but also some type of southwestern style dish. This Fiesta Friday, I choose nachos.
Yes, I know, not entirely healthy but we are going to make them about as healthy as we can. Ever since I relocated to the Great American Southwest, Mexican food has become a staple in my life and this girl is not complaining.
Nachos are super easy and quick. These are great for those night when you need to get out and boogie but want some quick and delicious that will be ready in 20 minutes or less (faster if you prepped your veggies ahead of time.)
The Two Most Important Ingredients.
First things first, you need a good quality tortilla chip. I use the chips that Whole Foods makes in their bakery. They are thick and salty and they go really well with guacamole. Drool…..
Next is cheese. You can use any non-dairy cheese that you please(ha ha, I rhymed.) My preference is almond cheese, it browns, it stretches, and it tastes awesome. I use Lisanatti Foods Cheddar because it’s oh so tasty and they also have a jalapeño jack style for those days that you want extra spice. Daiya cheddar works pretty good too.
Now that you have picked out your tortilla chips and cheese, let’s get on with a recipe!
House of Snuggles Fiesta Friday Basic Nachos
*Adjust the ingredients size to your own preference. I feel that make individual servings of nachos is way easier than trying to make a large portion to share. Plus, who wants to share nachos? (Don’t you dare touch my chips loaded with Mexican-style goodness or you’ll get your hand slapped)
- Tortilla Chips (About a couple handfuls)
- Cheddar or jalepeno jack style non-dairy cheese, shredded
- 1 Green bell pepper, chopped and seeded
- 1 Red bell pepper chopped and seeded
- 1 14oz can of black beans (or you can use prepared dry, your preference really)
*Adjust topping amount to your liking, I don’t really measure it out, I just keep adding until it looks good
* Garnish with green onions, sour cream, guacamole, and a good salsa
*Additional fun toppings: black olives, jalapeños, banana peppers, tomatoes, taco style “meat”, red onions, lettuce, anything southwestern-y.
First, turn your oven on to broil, for those of you with fancier ovens, I would choose the low setting (my oven only has one setting.) Next, get out a baking sheet and spread out your chips, you’ll want to layer the chips and cheese, if you prefer taller nachos, but I feel one layer works the best and will evenly melt your cheese. Next, you’ll want to spread your cheese, followed by your toppings. Then slide your baking sheet into the oven, onto the top rack and keep a close eye on it (the chips will burn pretty easily if you don’t watch them). Once the cheese is melted (about 3-5 minutes), pull your nachos out, toss some green onions on top and go to town with your dips.
I find that pouring yourself a margarita, throwing on some salsa music and having a dance party afterwards makes Fiesta Friday night a success! Just ask Calypso, she loves a dance party.
What are some of your favorite nacho toppings?