Crispy baked tortilla chips loaded with veggies and of course lots of melted cheese. Comfort food in 15 minutes!
Loaded nachos are the definition of comfort food. They are also a no-fuss kind of snack where all the ingredients can be thrown together, without the need to make it look pretty. In fact this dish is not about looks, it’s a ‘throw everything together, bake and dig in’ kind of dish you can enjoy within 15 minutes. Yup it literally only takes 15 minutes to make these. No peeling, hardly any chopping and only 3 kitchen tools required (knife, grater and a large pan, in case you were wondering). Make this incredibly delicious dish as a snack for game day, for a party, girl’s or guy’s night in or simply on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
While nachos are primarily eaten as a snack, my husband and I sometimes make them for dinner instead. These are a regular in our house and we have sort of developed telepathic powers to communicate that we would like to have them. Whenever one of us asks the other person what they would like for dinner, we give each other that certain look that let’s the other one know: It’s loaded nacho time tonight! Can you blame us? It’s the perfect weekend evening meal you crave when you are having a movie night and nobody feels like cooking but everybody wants something indulgent. No need to get out those pamphlets and order a pizza because these loaded nachos are everything you could want for the perfect cozy evening!
Like I mentioned, loaded nachos come together very quick and certainly don’t require a lot of preparation. My version here is even more simplified than the average loaded nacho recipe because I literally just throw everything together in a pan, mix it up and bake. No actual ‘loading’ just dumping. If you want a more sophisticated look (at least as sophisticated as nachos can be, let’s face it, this is not fancy food) you can certainly load the nachos up nicely with the add-ins. You can even take it a notch further and drizzle the hot nachos with some sour cream (add a little water to thin it out) and serve it like that. I also like to top it off with a diced avocado for a pop of color. Don’t be tempted to bake the avocado with the nachos. This will just make the avocado lose its flavour and become brown.
Another awesome thing about these loaded nachos is how customizable they are. You can omit or add anything you wish. Eg. add sliced jalapeño peppers if you prefer it spicy, or omit the tomatoes if you don’t like them. I kept the ingredients simple, using mainly pantry items and produce you probably have sitting at home right now, such as red beans, corn, tomatoes and green onions. To spice it up a bit, I added taco seasoning which makes these loaded nachos incredibly flavourful. The amount will depend on the nachos you use. I prefer chili nachos, bbq nachos or cheese nachos for this. If you can only get your hands on the plain kind, simply add a bit more seasoning.
The best way to enjoy these? Dipped in sour cream and salsa (this is the best salsa ever!) or served with fresh homemade guacamole. Enjoy this with friends or family on the comfort of your sofa with a good movie in the background.
- 120g canned corn (1 cup)
- 250g canned kidney beans (1 and 1/2 cup)
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 1 spring onion
- 150g mature cheddar (5.3oz)
- 1 pckg tortilla chips (chili, bbq or cheese flavoured)
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- optional, 1 avocado, peeled and diced
- optional, sour cream and salsa for dipping
- Preheat oven to 200°C or 400°F and get out a casserole pan*.
- Drain and rinse the corn and kidney beans. Cut and wash the tomatoes and spring onion. Grate the cheddar.
- Combine the tortillia chips, corn, beans, tomatoes, spring onion and half of the cheddar in a pan and season with taco seasoning. Mix everything together and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling. Remove from the oven and add the diced avocado.
- Serve hot, with sour cream and salsa for dipping.
- *I used a 30cm x 22cm pan (11.8 x 8.6 inches)
- Loaded nachos need to be served hot and cannot be stored.