Nachos are a delight; everyone loves the combination of chips, cheese, and more. It’s one of the easiest foods to make a corny joke (what do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho cheese!), but people love them because of their incredible taste.
Nachos were born in the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. A few wives of US soldiers stationed in a nearby town (Piedras Negras is very close to the border between Mexico and Texas) were shopping in the city, and arrived at a restaurant after it had closed. The restaurant’s maître d, Ignacio Anaya invented a snack for the women on the fly with the ingredients that were available in the kitchen: tortillas, cheddar cheese, and jalapenos. Ignacio cut the tortillas into triangles, shredded the cheddar cheese, heated them both up and added the jalapeños. He named the dish nachos since “Nacho” is often a nickname for Ignacio in Mexican culture.
So do you want to prepare homemade nachos? If so, here is a great nacho recipe, courtesy of Food.com.
Delicious Nachos Supreme
- One Pound Lean Ground Beef
- One Chopped Medium Onion
- One to two tablespoons of fresh minced garlic
- One finely chopped and seeded jalapeño pepper
- One chopped and seeded small green bell pepper
- Two to three tablespoons of chili powder
- One and a half cups of refried beans
- 16 ounces of salsa
- One and a half cups of grated cheddar cheese
- Tortilla chips (however many you want)
- One cup of sour cream
- Three to four chopped green onions
- Two large plum tomatoes
- Sliced Black Olives
Cook the ground beef with onions, garlic, jalapeno peppers, green bell pepper and chili powder in a large skillet. Cook and stir until meat is no longer pink, drain all the fat well, and continue to cook until the meat is well browned. Add in refried beans and salsa, cook and stir until heated through. Add in ¾ cup of grated cheddar cheese, stir until it melts. Place the tortilla chips on a large serving platter. Add in the ground beef mixture and rest of grated cheddar cheese. Add toppings.
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