Cheesy Nachos with Guacamole and Salsa

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Cheesy Nachos with Guacamole and Salsa

Why This Recipe Works

The availability of prepackaged shredded cheese and jars or tubs of premade salsa and guacamole has transformed nachos from something delicious into bland, stale-tasting fast food. We wanted nachos with hot, crisp tortilla chips, plentiful ...

Why This Recipe Works

The availability of prepackaged shredded cheese and jars or tubs of premade salsa and guacamole has transformed nachos from something delicious into bland, stale-tasting fast food. We wanted nachos with hot, crisp tortilla chips, plentiful cheese and toppings, and the right amount of spicy heat.

To ensure that all of the chips would be cheesy and spicy, we layered tortilla chips with a full pound of shredded cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeños. Layering the jalapeños with the cheese also helped the chiles stick to the chips. We prepared a quick homemade salsa and chunky guacamole to spoon around the edges of the hot nachos after they came out of the oven. Spoonfuls of sour cream and a sprinkling of chopped fresh scallions provided final touches. Served with lime wedges, this fresh take on nachos is light-years beyond any fast-food version of the dish.

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Party FoodsSeason 3, Ep. 301

Who doesn’t like a plate of good nachos or buffalo wings? We discover when you can use supermarket products versus when only good, fresh ingredients will do. A simple, sweet-tart sangria finishes our ...