I have a nacho problem! I can’t get enough. I’m a nachos lover! I think if I could survive on nachos I would be super happy! I believe my nachos love started when I was very young.
When I go out to eat, I have no problem ordering the nachos on the appetizer menu for my main meal. Heck, if they have 2 options for nachos I would be willing to share one as an appetizer with my family or friends and get the other nacho selection for my meal. I’ve never done this, but the thought of it kind of thrills me right now!
See, I have a problem. I’ve accepted it and I can live with it.
First Nacho Love Experience Memory
I can remember back to when I was really young and went out to Chi Chis with my grandma and my uncle, I ordered their nachos and I can remember loving that they had individual nachos around the plate topped with meat, cheese, sour cream and a jalapeño slice on each nacho chip. I thought this was brilliant.
Restaurants don’t take the time to do this. Most dump chips on a plate, then top only the top part of the chips with the toppings. I still eat them, but that amazing attention to detail to make sure every chip is topped is outstanding. Restaurants should, at least, dump half the chips on the platter, add toppings and then dump the rest of the chips and finish with the remaining toppings.
(I have found that Chili’s does prepare their nachos individually with toppings on each chip. YUM!)
Some of my nachos loves are from the following restaurants (in no particular order)
Chili’s – because they take the time to top each nacho and they are good too.
Smokey Bones – the BBQ Mag-nachos. They closed up around me years ago, but I can still remember these nachos. The sweet sticky BBQ glaze mixed with the spice of the jalapeño and the tenderness of the pork and chicken combo….I need to see where the closest location is to me these days.
Sunset Grill (Nashville,TN – closed their doors years ago) but they had these amazing late night $5 nachos. I never knew the recipe, but it tasted like a smooth blend of sour cream, cream cheese and Asiago cheese melted to perfection with a pinch of cumin and Cayenne pepper mixed in. I could be TOTALLY off on this combo, but when I tried to remake them at home, this did the trick for my much needed nacho fix. They layered the cheese sauce on the thin chips, added chicken, black beans and jalapeños and it was glorious!
Taco Bell Nachos Bell Grande – ok seriously, when you need nachos NOW these are a great drive thru option. I still want to get the BIG platter of nachos just to see how big it is!
Qdoba – Another great take out option. You can build your own and their ingredients are so fresh tasting.
Pilot Pete’s – A non-chain restaurant in the Chicagoland area. They have these amazing WonTon nachos. They use wontons in place of the chips and smother them in cheese sauce, then top the won tons with slices of banana peppers, green onions and more cheeses.
Most restaurants: I do love the classic nachos – chips, chili or beef, cheese sauce, onions, tomatoes, jalapeno slices (on the side), sour cream and guac. So simple and you just can’t go wrong!
As you can see, I also like a variety of nachos.
Why am I confessing?
So, why did I confess my deep love of nachos to you today?
With all that is happening in the world right now, suddenly, my go to comfort snack is something crunchy and salty. Usually, I can see an open bag of chips or a bowl full of chips and walk right by it, unless there is dip. That’s a whole different story. At that point the chips just become spoons to get the dip into my mouth!
Most days, my go to snack is something sweet. But sweet is not helping much right now.
So today, when I came to this salty/crunchy realization and started to invade the kitchen searching for salty and crunchy (not much to be found – as I said, I’m a sweets kind of girl) then I remembered I had nacho chips and got this idea – I’m going to start sharing nacho ideas.
I’m pretty good at taking leftovers and turning them into nachos!
So, just to get stared today, I am sharing some nacho ideas from restaurants to give you some ideas for your own homemade nacho nights. (Why doesn’t one day of the week start with an N? We have Taco Tuesday and even Taco Thursday, but nothing goes with Nachos!!)
I’m going to challenge myself to make nachos out of leftovers and share these ideas with you over the next few weeks.
Until then, be safe and stay healthy friends.
PS What goes great with nachos? A margarita of course! Check out my easy recipe for the most amazing beer margaritas!
What’s YOUR Nachos Love?
What is your favorite nacho combo Comment below and share your favorite restaurant nachos or favorite nacho topping combos that you create at home.
Share the Nachos Love!