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Vegetarian Nachos with Homemade Chips

Nachos are always good whether you have them simply with salsa and cheese, or whether you prefer to pile on the toppings. This recipe is ideal for vegetarians, and depending on portion size it makes a great appetizer, snack or main dish. The recipe serves 2 as a filling meal, or perhaps 4 as an appetizer. We are making our own chips for this recipe but if you are in a rush you can simply use a package of corn chips instead of making your own. You will see they are really easy to make though, so consider doing your own.

Although the ingredients may be tweaked if you prefer other toppings, we are using black beans, cheese, salsa verde, olives, tomato, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro. A little avocado is also nice on these. You will not miss the meat with all these colorful, tasty toppings. If you want to change them though, go for it. You can add any flavorful south of the border toppings. It is best to have some of the toppings on and then bake the nachos until the cheese melts, then add any toppings you do not need to cook (like the avocado and tomato).

This dish is from Coahuila, Mexico, and dates back to 1943. The original recipe was fried corn tortillas with sliced jalapeños and melted cheddar cheese. Today there are many variations. If it goes with chips, you can use it as a nachos topping. Chives, green onions, meat, garlic, pickles, pico de gallo, or refried beans can be added to the toppings, or you might prefer to use nacho cheese, Oaxaca cheese or any shredded cheese blend instead of the Mexican cheese blend. Feel free to add your own interpretation and twist to this dish, to make it perfect for your palate.

Our nachos recipe is ideal for sharing, so consider it for your Cinco de Mayo party or if you are having friends over for a birthday party or another gathering. Nachos are easy to make in bulk, and it is very rare to have anything other than an empty plate when you serve them, especially the homemade kind where you make your own chips. Once you have made your own nachos once you will want to make them again and again. They are such amazing comfort foot and any occasion is the ideal occasion for a homemade nachos recipe.

Vegetarian Nachos with Homemade Chips
Summary: This plate of nachos is built from the bottom up because we are making the chips before adding the toppings. This is a colorful, delicious vegetarian dish you will love.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 2
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1¼ cups canned black beans
  • 3 oz shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 3 tablespoons canned salsa verde
  • ⅓ cup sliced green or black olives
  • 1 diced tomato
  • ½ diced white onion
  • ½ diced jalapeño
  • ½ diced avocado (optional)
  • Small handful roughly chopped cilantro leaves
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • Sour cream, to serve
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and spray nonstick cooking spray over a baking sheet.
  2. Stack the tortillas then use a pizza cutter to cut them into triangles.
  3. Arrange these on the baking sheet in one layer and spray cooking spray over them.
  4. Grind over some salt and cook for 8 minutes or until crisp.
  5. Top with the olives, beans and cheese, then broil for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  6. Add the onion, salsa, jalapeño, tomatoes, cilantro, and sour cream.
  7. Add some avocado too if using.
  8. Offer hot sauce on the side.

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Whatever the occasion, you will find you cannot go wrong with nachos. Make your own using corn tortillas and nonstick cooking spray or, if you are pressed for time, simply open a package of corn chips. Next you need to decide which toppings to use – cheese is a given, and jalapeños really spice the nachos up, but what else are going to add? Well, how about black beans, olives, tomatoes, cilantro, and onion? Just imagine all that wonderful color, and the typical Mexican toppings on top of the melted cheese and of course the irresistible crunch of the chips.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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