I am wild about Mexican food and I love Nachos. I don’t mean the greasy, one-dimensional nachos you get at many restaurants, but proper Nachos. Using good quality corn chips that hold their crunch, nice spicy and fresh salsa, melted cheese and then all the other bits and pieces.
I love adding fresh and raw ingredients to my nachos, so thought this was a healthier way to get my fix without too much of the ‘bad’ (but very tasty) stuff. So there is no sour cream or guacamole, and only a sprinkle of cheese, but lots and lots of flavour.
When I’m in a hurry, I make a ‘cheats’ salsa. I chop up ripe tomatoes (and by this I mean tomatoes that have ripened out of the fridge) because I want the freshness in the salsa. To this I then add some finely chopped red onion or spring onion, and then a few tablespoons of a good quality jar salsa like Old El Paso’ or Woolies. Approximately 1 tablespoon of salsa per tomato.
My favourite corn chips are from Mexicorn. They are the perfect size and thickness to hold the sauce without going all limp. They do a large range of flavoured cornchips called ‘Nachos Grande’, but I quite like using just the plain salted when making Nachos.
For the salad part that goes on top use whatever ingredients you like or have available. I find nachos, along with quesadillas to be a perfect meal to use up bits and pieces lying around the fridge. I had one mielie (corn on the cob) so scraped off the kernels and quickly steamed (frozen corn is also perfect). I like finely sliced red onions, cucumber and peppers. Fresh cherry tomatoes and then coriander leaves to scatter. You could add slices of fresh avocado, beans or carrot.
How to make:
- Heat your oven grill. Microwave your corn chips for 1 minute – I do this in order to a) heat them up and, b) they become even more crunchy
- Place a layer of corn chips at the bottom of a baking tray or dish according to desired quantity
- spread over a few generous dollops of the salsa and then sprinkle over some grated cheddar
- place under the grill until the cheese is melted (I always put the nachos on the middle shelf, so not directly under the element)
- scatter over your salad ingredients, season generously and serve
With this recipe junk food got a whole lot healthier.