Ultimate Loaded Nachos: Cheesy, Spicy, and Irresistible Tex-Mex Delight

Nov 10, 2023 | Appetizers & Snacks

Difficulty: easy
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (Serves 4-6):

  • 1 bag of tortilla chips (12-16 oz)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup salsa (your favorite variety)
  • 1 cup sliced pickled jalapeños (adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 lb ground beef or pulled chicken
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish (optional)

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1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil and then the ground beef or pulled chicken. Cook until browned and cooked through. Drain any excess fat, if necessary. If using chicken, you can use pre-cooked shredded chicken as well.

2. Sprinkle the cooked meat with chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir well to coat the meat evenly with the spices. Turn off the heat and set aside.

3. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

4. Take an oven-safe baking dish or a large oven-safe platter and arrange a layer of tortilla chips to cover the bottom. Make sure to spread them out evenly for optimal coverage.

5. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese evenly over the tortilla chips. This will help ensure that the cheesy goodness is well-distributed throughout.

6. Spoon half of the cooked ground beef or pulled chicken over the cheese layer, ensuring an even distribution. Feel free to mix and match or use vegetarian alternatives such as grilled vegetables or black beans instead.

7. Drizzle half of the salsa over the meat layer, allowing it to intermingle with the other ingredients for a harmonious melody of flavors.

8. Repeat steps 4 to 7 to create a second layer of tortilla chips, cheese, meat, and salsa.

9. Add a final layer of tortilla chips to the top, pressing them gently into the mixture to ensure each bite contains a delightful combination of ingredients.

10. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese generously over the top layer, creating a blanket of melted goodness.

11. Place the loaded nachos in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and starts to bubble. Keep a close eye on them to prevent burning.

12. Carefully remove the nachos from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.

13. Dollop spoonfuls of guacamole and sour cream over the nachos, creating little islands of creamy indulgence.

14. Scatter sliced pickled jalapeños across the top, adding a fiery kick for those brave enough to handle the heat.

15. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for an extra burst of freshness and color.

Serve the loaded nachos hot, straight from the oven, inviting your friends and family to dig in and enjoy this feast of flavors. Remember, nachos are a versatile canvas, so feel free to sprinkle additional toppings such as diced tomatoes, black olives, or green onions. Experiment with different types of cheeses or add a squeeze of lime juice for a tangy twist. The beauty of this recipe lies in its ability to adapt and be customized to suit your personal taste preferences.

So go ahead, take a big bite, and let your taste buds revel in the symphony of textures and flavors that make loaded nachos an ultimate crowd-pleaser. Share the love, create memories, and indulge in this Tex-Mex classic whenever the occasion calls for a fiesta!

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