These homemade fully Loaded Nachos are a great party appetizer. Easy and simple to make, you can make these in a jiffy and in a large batch. Here is how to make these at home.
As much as I love Nachos too, my fondness for their accompaniment- rightfully known as Salsa is no less.
That’s the reason why I have never stopped myself from making Avocado and Peach Salsa, Mango Salsa, Mango Cucumber Salsa, Roasted Fresh Tomato Salsa, Black Bean, and Corn Salsa, Chunky Cucumber Salsa because these dips go wonderfully well with Nachos.
About This Recipe
Imagine nicely baked tortilla chips which are topped with refried beans, black beans, corn kernels, guacamole, Jalapeno, sour cream, and even tomato salsa, not to forget the generous smothering of cheddar and gouda cheese – well, that’s Loaded Nachos for you!
These are mostly prepared using two types of beans, veggies, a variety of cheese, dips, and more – it fills you up and tastes nothing less than scrumptious.
Loaded Nachos are cheesy, spicy and crunchy, all in one, which is a favourite not only among adults, but kids too.
The good news is that it is pretty basic to make and all you need is the most easily available ingredients and microwave by your stride.
They are great for your party appetizers or even to munch on the side during a game or movie night.
These Loaded Nachos are,
- Easy to make
- Popular among kids
- Great party appetizers
- Perfect for Larger Crowds
Nachos – You can either make Nachos at home from scratch or can use the store-bought ones.
There are many Nachos available under different brands, I will recommend you to select a good quality one. You can also go for baked nachos, for healthy alternatives.
Cheese – Here, I have used two types of Cheese, Gouda Cheese, and Cheddar Cheese. When they melt while reheating, they make these nachos taste even more delicious.
The sweet and nutty taste of Gouda Cheese tastes really well with the sharp and pungent flavour of Cheddar Cheese. You can use the special Nachos blend as well to top these.
Tomato Salsa and Guacamole – These two are the star in this recipe. Easy to make, these two dips get ready in just minutes. I have mentioned below how to make them at home.
You can also experiment and add in different types of other Salsa instead of Tomato Salsa. For guacamole, make sure you select a ripe avocado.
Other Ingredients – Other than the above ingredients, you will need corn kernels, refried beans, sour cream, Jalapeno, green chilies, and fresh coriander.
Jalapeno and Green Chillies adds that much needed spiciness. You can avoid adding green chillies, if you are making it for your kids.
Sour Cream adds a little more creaminess along with cheese and coriander finally adds freshness to the Nachos.
Step by Step Recipe
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place half of the tortilla chips on a 9×13 inch baking tray.
Top with half of the refried beans, corn kernel, cheddar cheese, and gouda cheese.
Top with remaining tortilla chips and beans, corn, and cheese.
Put the tray in the oven and bake for 5-6 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Top with jalapeño, tomato salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and fresh coriander. Serve immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
You just need to put it in the oven for about 5 to 6 minutes, until the cheese melts fully.
To make the basic tomato salsa, chop tomato, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro and mix them well.
Add lemon juice and salt and let the salsa sit for an hour. I have a delicious Roasted Tomato Salsa recipe on the blog which will go beautifully on Nachos. You can try it too.
To make Guacamole, remove the skin and seed of avocado and lightly mash the fruit with your fingers.
Add chopped onion, tomato, minced garlic, cilantro, green chili, salt, roasted cumin powder, and lemon juice and mix well. Here is a detailed Guacamole Recipe for you all.
I would suggest you make them fresh and relish, as they taste the best that way. But if you still have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge.
Then to reheat, arrange them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and reheat in the oven until the cheese has melted again. Just keep an eye and see the Nacho chips don’t get burned.
I have used Cheddar and Gouda Cheese, but you can also add Mozzarella Cheese. I like the taste of Cheddar and Gouda in these Nachos.
There is a special Nachos blend available in some supermarkets thee day. You can try that as well.
While the topping is all healthy, you can substitute your Nachos with Zucchini Chips, Raw Banana Chips, Sweet Potato Chips, Beetroot Chips, etc. You can make them at home or buy from the market.
Load these Nachos with lots of veggies and there you have your healthy Nachos.
If kept for longer, the Nachos will become soggy because of the toppings and won’t taste good. You can prep for other ingredients such as Tomato Salsa, Guacamole etc and store in the fridge.
Assemble everything when you want to serve and bake them fresh.
Nachos are prepared with corn, which is gluten free in itself. But you should double check the labels before buying any nacho chips until you are making them at home. For a safer option, you can buy certified gluten free nacho chips.
This is always an issue while making Loaded Nachos. To avoid it, always layers the Nachos Chips with layer of shredded cheese and then add the extra toppings. The cheese do melt a little, but for a certain time it saves the nachos from turning soggy.
But yes, it won’t stay crispy for long, so it is best to have it as soon as you make it.
To make these Loaded nachos vegan, you can use vegan queso made with cashew nuts and nutritional yeast instead of cheese. It gives the Nachos, a similar cheesy and creamy texture. Other ingredients used in this Loaded Nacho recipe are vegan friendly.
These make for a great party appetizers.
You can serve these with any drink that you plan to serve at the party.
I made Frozen Strawberry Margarita some days back and these two paired very well.
My other fav is Red Wine Sangria.
This recipe to make Loaded Nachos is very customizable.
I have made a vegetarian version but these tastes amazing topped with meat as well (In fact more).
Below are some of the topping options that you can top your nachos with.
- Tomato salsa
- Sour Cream
- Refried Beans
- Black Beans
- Ground Beef – To make the ground beef topping, heat oil in a pan. Add onion and saute for a minute. Add ground beef and cook for 3-4 minutes. Now add taco seasoning, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 10-12 minutes.
- Chicken – To make the chicken topping, heat oil in a pan. Add onion and saute for a minute. Add boiled shredded and cook for 2 minutes. Now add taco seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Loaded Nachos Recipe
- 300 g Tortilla Chips
- 1 cup Refried beans
- 1/2 cup Corn kernels
- 2 cups Cheddar Cheese (Grated)
- 1 cup Gouda Cheese (Grated)
- 2 tbsp Jalapeno (Sliced)
- 1/2 cup Tomato salsa
- 1/2 cup Sour cream
- 1/2 cup Guacamole
- 2 tbsp Fresh coriander
- Pre heat the oven to 400 Degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Place half of the tortilla chips on a 9×13 inch baking tray.
- Top with half of the refried beans, corn kernel, cheddar cheese and gouda cheese.
- Top with remaining tortilla chips and beans, corn and cheese.
- Put the tray in the oven and bake for 5-6 minutes until the cheese is melted.
- Top with jalapeño, tomato salsa, sour cream, guacamole and fresh coriander.
- Serve immediately.