Easy nachos recipe

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A favorite snack or appetizer, nachos are corn tortilla chips topped with cheese and pickled jalapeno slices, baked in the oven until the cheese is bubbly and served with typical Tex-Mex condiments such as guacamole, sour cream and salsa. Nachos make a great party appetizer and go great with beer.
Preparation time: 30 minutes, Cooking time: 10 minutes, Serves: 4 



Ingredients

6 corn tortillas
Salt to taste

1 1/2 cups of grated or Jack cheddar cheese
Pickled jalapeno slices
1/2 cup of refried beans
Vegetable oil

To serve with
Guacamole
Sour cream
Salsa

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Coat each corn tortilla with vegetable oil and lightly season with salt (do not use too much oil), placing each tortilla on top of the other creating a stack. Using a chef's knife, cut the tortillas into half, then into quarters and then into eighths.

Place the tortilla wedges onto baking sheets and bake in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes per side (tortillas may easily burn so keep an eye on them). When they start to turn lightly brown, turn them over and bake for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove wedges from the oven and let them cool.

When the tortilla wedges are cold and crisp, lay them on a serving platter and top each one with a teaspoon of refried beans, grated cheese and a pickled jalapeno slice. Place the platter in the oven or microwave and warm for 1 to 2 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

Remove from the oven and top with the guacamole, sour cream or salsa. Serve immediately.

Notes and tips

You can save time by using ready made corn tortilla chips and refried beans.

If you are making your own tortilla chips, you can fry them instead of baking them (the chips will be a bit crispier and more tasty if you fry them). To fry your tortilla chips, stack them up and cut them into 8 wedges per tortilla. Fry in hot vegetable oil for 1 to 2 minutes, remove and place on paper towels. Lightly salt them while hot.
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