Nachos often get a bad rap. It’s because most movie theaters, sporting events and convenience stores offer their version of nachos: over-salted, semi-stale round tortilla chips with a cupful of warm nacho cheese sauce. When did this become nachos? The worst part is, you can really feel that liquid plastic (they call nacho cheese) solidifying in your arteries. The “deluxe” and “supreme” nachos you’ll find at slightly finer eateries aren’t much better. The only solution is to go homemade. This recipe makes about 1 serving but can be multiplied to serve many. Alternatively, let each person stack theirs differently for a little personalization.


15-20 Homemade Tortilla Chips
1/2 cup boiled or Refried Beans
4 oz chicken breast, eye round steak, ground beef or tofu
1/4 cup canned black olives, sliced (optional)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup nonfat cheddar or Mexican cheese, shredded
simple seasoning (2 parts cumin, 2 parts chili powder, 1 part paprika)
salt, pepper
salsa and nonfat sour cream, for dipping


1. If using a solid piece of meat, cube it into small pieces. Cook meat in a skillet over medium-high heat and add simple seasoning (cumin, chili powder, paprika), salt and pepper to taste. Once meat is browned on the outside and cooked through, transfer to a plate.

2. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9″ pie plate or other baking dish with cooking spray. Spread chips along the surface and try to fill in any gaps. Top with beans, meat, cilantro, olives and cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

Additional Info:

This is my 99th post. Anyone have a suggestion for my 100th?

Filed in Gluten Free, Main Course, Mexican, Snack

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  1. Elle says:

    Who doesn’t love nachos?! These look awesome,a and wow, what a craving I have now!

  2. Sharon says:

    Mmmm, delicious! Gotta love nachos!

  3. Oh my gosh – that melted cheese looks heavenly. 100th post…I don’t know, but it should include peanut butter…lots of peanut butter :)

  4. ttfn300 says:

    love the homemade tortilla chips with all the trimmings ;-) something to out-do us all, and peanut butter to boot!

  5. anudivya says:

    Hey Nick, those home made tortillas are really good, were they baked? I love the use of low fat cheese in these nachos.

  6. VeggieGirl says:

    Hooray for homemade!!

    For your 100th post = something OUTRAGEOUSLY sensational with peanut butter. I’m thinking some sort of dessert, of course.

  7. Anonymous says:

    mmmmmmmmmm……… drool………

    i think you should make your own PB for your 100th post. unless you already have and i didn’t notice.

  8. Heather says:

    whoops. that anon. was me. don’t know why it didn’t leave my name. heather

  9. rock says:

    Nick, you’re taste in food continues to amaze me. I love Mexican food but am sick of the bad quality imitations out there. I wish I could get a legit Mexican meal someday!

    100th post should be just pure peanut butter food porn lol. Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be tasty. Looking forward to it!

  10. Sagan says:


    Ew, liquid plastic. It’s like those Kraft cheese squares. Pure plasticy goodness.

    I think I’ll take the homemade stuff.

    For your 100th, you should do a contest. You fly to whomever wins and cook them peanut butter foods for a week. Hehe. (I’ve been having a lot of failures in the kitchen recently. Personal chef is clearly the only option left).

  11. Reeni says:

    There’s nothing like fresh homemade nachos! I could go for a plate of these right now. Great recipe!

  12. anudivya says:

    Hey Nick, potato in the flatbread adds softness… and you can skip it if you dont have any at hand. Add 3 tbsp of plain yogurt instead. That should work fine too.
    Or skip both, you will still be able to get decent ones, minus the softness.
    Sweet potato might sweeten the naan slightly.

  13. Lauren says:

    Yum! I like just nachos without the tortilla chips. All that cheesy goodness! Your photo is reaally kickin’ up that craving. :D

  14. Malar Gandhi says:

    Like Nachos, interesting recipe….

  15. daphne says:

    i agree! I like home-made nachos best!

  16. I never met a nacho I didn’t like! hmmm, good question about what to do for your 100th post – obviously something with tons of peanut butter. Happy Holidays Nick!

  17. Michelle Ann says:

    Nachos can be healthy and completely gourmet…I think the idea of them is vastly underrated.

    100th post…that is a hard one. Chocolate? Coffee?

  18. I LOVE nachos & eat them at least five times a week :) I love them topped with sliced avocado and jalapeno peppers. Um, and of course lots of CHEESE! Wow – your 100th post… I like Sagan’s idea of a contest! Or how about your top 100 fav peanut butter dishes? Happy Holidays!!!!

  19. MizFit says:

    copied hangry who was mimicking you.

    linked you.


  20. Are you a student Nick? If so, you eat REALLY WELL! I would save up and save up in order to go out to get this kind of food when I was a student at Davis. You know how to eat boy!

    Haha, yup I’m a grad student. Food is pretty much my only expense though, other than rent. I live like a grad student but feast like a king =) ~ Nick

  21. Erin says:

    I love those little olives poking out there… they look kind of naughty somehow. Naughty nacho olives. Delish!

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