Nacho Platter (Recipe)

I got an idea from a colleague to throw a taco party. A taco party? Yes, a taco party. 🙂 Everybody brought an ingredient to assemble tacos, including taco seasoned ground beef, grilled chicken, shredded cheese, jalapenos, cut tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream, salsa, tortilla chips, soft tortillas, hard taco shells, Mexican style bean salad, guacamole, etc. Basically everything but the kitchen sink. Someone ended up bringing some tequila and we had margaritas too. In the end, it was one great gathering but I ended up with a lot of leftovers. Thankfully, the next day I had another gathering (though smaller) to watch a movie at a friend’s place and I had this idea to create a big nacho platter so things wouldn’t go to waste. According to a Mexican friend of mine, the secret is to place the ingredients in layers so that no tortilla is left undressed.

Even if you don’t have a taco party, you can definitely make a nacho platter for your own parties or movie night.

Ingredients:

  • Bag of tortilla chips
  • Taco seasoning
  • Seasoned ground beef (cooked according to the taco seasoning package and you can add some diced onions too)
  • Bag of shredded cheese of your choice (Tex-Mex, Cheddar, etc.) or you can shred your own 🙂
  • Tomatoes cut into small cubes
  • Jalapenos
  • Sour cream, guacamole and/or salsa for dipping

Prepare and assemble your nacho platter. I used an aluminum foil tray to build my nacho platter, but you can use anything that is oven safe. First add a layer of chips, then load up on the toppings (more cheese if you’re a cheese lover), then repeat by adding more layers of chips and toppings and repeating until you run out. You can add other ingredients that I haven’t listed above or omit any that don’t suit your taste. You can alternatively use deep-fried potato thins (use a mandoline to slice the potatoes and cook in a deep-fryer until golden-brown) instead of tortilla chips, like the ones that were used in the picture above at a bar I went to recently. Once assembled, bake your nacho platter in a preheated oven at 375º until the cheese melts (it doesn’t take long, so keep an eye on it). The result is a delicious nacho platter in the comfort of your home! Sadly, I never took a picture of the original platter I made for that day, but I can vouch that it was devoured within the hour. 🙂

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