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Potato Chip Nachos, A Twist On The Classic

A delicious, and easy, twist on a classic
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Potato chip nachos.  Yep, you read that right. Recently, I was craving nachos but had no tortilla chips in the house.  What I did however have was potato chips.  So I figured why not.  And that’s when it happened; with that simple substitution I may have changed the way I eat nachos forever.  No joke, potato chip nachos are that good.

By now you probably know that nachos are one of my favorite meals to make.  Over the past few years I’ve shared recipes for every kind of nacho you can imagine: classic, breakfast, jambalya, sweet potato and even Nashville hot chicken nachos.  If theres a way to make nachos, I’ve made it.  So to be honest I’m kind of shocked I didn’t stumble upon this potato chip switch up earlier.

Why are potato chip nachos so good? They’re so dang good because of the crunch.  When trying out this recipe it will all boil down to the crunch achieved and the type of potato chip you use.  Therefore, I opted for kettle chips so they would hold up and not get soggy when topped and while baking. 

Like all of my nachos, this recipe calls for a mix of warm and cool toppings which I believe allows for the perfect bite.  The other reason these potato chip nachos are so good is I kept the toppings simple.  You really want to let that salty, crunchy, potato chip be the star so try to stick with more of a classic nacho topping and make sure not to over layer them. 

Finally I baked the nachos in my cast iron skillet which made the nachos super easy to contain while baking and serving.  Pro tip; before building your nachos layer parchment paper on the bottom of the skillet so it just comes over the side for super easy cleanup. 

So that’s my pitch for the potato chip.  And as a result I may never go back to classic tortilla chip nachos again.  I’ve shared the recipe below, and please let me know and tag me if you try potato chip nachos out as I’d love to know what you thought!  Truly, MKR
 


 

Potato Chip Nachos
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-2 bags of kettle chips or any thick potato chip (I used sea salt kettle chips)
  2. 1 block of organic cheddar cheese, shredded
  3. 1 can organic pinto beans, drained
  4. 1 bunch of green onions, chopped and set aside
  5. 1 green pepper, chopped and set aside.
  6. 2 large tomatoes, chopped and set aside
  7. 1 Jalepeno finely diced
  8. 1 handful of cilantro, finely diced/chopped
  9. salsas of your choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Take your skillet or sheet pan and layer potato chips evenly. Cover with cheese, pinto beans, and jalepenos.
  3. Bake until cheese is completely melted, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and top with green onions, green pepper and tomatoes. Serve with salsas on the side and enjoy.
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Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion, White Bean & Mushroom Fall Nachos Topped With Fresh Arugula & Fried Sage

A hearty (dare we say semi-healthy??) indulgence perfect for this time of year
Filed Under > Appetizers & Sides

Fall nachos with sweet potato, caramelized onions and arugula. Recipe by @waitingonmartha Fall nachos with sweet potato, caramelized onions and arugula, recipe by @waitingonmartha

When it comes to nachos, lets just say I take my nachos very seriously (you may remember my queso drenched vegetarian nachos, an ultimate lesson in layering and loading). They’re simply the easiest food to dress up, get creative with and full-out nosh on.  So in the spirit of mixing it up, today I give you my latest nacho creation: warm and cozy fall nachos (because you know I love all things fall).  

Spicy sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, cremini mushrooms and Great Northern beans come together on top of hearty, whole-grain chips for a simple, yet incredibly satisfying crunch in every bite.  A perfect blend of savory, salty and a hint of sweetness make these sweet potato nachos a true crowd-pleaser—and needless to say—an elevated take on your run-of-the-mill chips and cheese.  Plus you can prep the majority of the ingredients up to two days before, so when you go to actually build the nachos and bake them, it should only take about 20 minutes.

I have a few tricks up my sleeve, however, when it comes to these fall sweet potato nachos.  See, the secret is in blending your sweet potatoes in a blender for a mashed potato consistency.  I also douse the sweet potatoes with cayenne to give them a subtle heat, blending and seasoning with cayenne, salt and pepper as I go. Once blended, I use a spatula and spread the spicy mashed sweet potatoes onto every few chips (I like to use the really intense, thick 12-seed kind of chips to hold the weight of the toppings), along with a layer of Great Northern white beans, cremini mushrooms (always wiped clean with a dish rag, never rinsed with water), caramelized onions and a MIX of shredded Monterrey Jack and cheddar cheese.  Lastly, while the cheese is melting, I flash fry sage (it takes about 30 seconds!) for a delightful addition with the fresh arugula to top it all off.  

While I’m pretty set on this winning combo for fall, I do love that the beauty of nachos is the opportunity to switch it up and choose whatever toppings you desire.  So try these fall sweet potato nachos as is but, then go ahead and have a little fun with your own renditions too.  Enjoy!  Truly, MKR

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Fall Nachos with Sweet Potatoes, Great Northern Beans, Cremini Mushrooms & Caramelized Onions with Fried Sage & Fresh Arugula
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. For the nachos
  2. 2 cans great northern white beans
  3. 1 cup cremini mushrooms, roughly cut into 1/4 inch strips
  4. 1 block white cheddar cheese, shredded
  5. 1 block Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  6. Hearty chips (look for thick, heavy and whole grain)
  7. cayenne, to taste
  8. salt and pepper, to taste
  9. fresh arugula, to garnish
  10. fresh sage, to fry and garnish
For the caramelized onions
  1. 6 giant onions, chopped into 1/4 inch slices
  2. 2 tablespoons butter
  3. 2 tablespoons water
  4. salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large pot, boil sweet potatoes until tender.
  3. Blend sweet potatoes in a blender to create a mashed potato consistency.
  4. Place chips onto baking sheet, spreading with sweet potatoes, a layer of beans, caramelized onions* and mushrooms.
  5. Cook nachos without cheese for 10 minutes.
  6. Take nachos out, sprinkle shredded cheeses on top, and cook for another 10 minutes, or until melted.
  7. While the cheese is melting, fry the fresh sage in about an inch of oil in a small saute pan. Be sure to wait until the oil is hot before flash-frying the sage. It will take only about 30 seconds to fry.
  8. Top nachos with fried sage and fresh arugula, and serve!
For the caramelized onions
  1. Remove skins of onions and slice them into 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Melt the butter in your skillet on medium heat.
  3. Add onions to your pan and stir them, making sure to coat them with butter.
  4. Stir onions and scrape the skillet every 5-10 minutes.
  5. After about an hour of cooking, your onions will be properly caramelized.
  6. Once cooked through, pour the water into the pan, scraping all of the bits. Season the onions with salt and pepper to taste.
Notes
  1. To cut down on prep time, you can make your sweet potato mash and caramelized onions the night before. When blending the sweet potatoes, add a tiny bit of water to the bender if it seems too dry. Season and taste as you go, adding more water if need be.
  2. I usually put half to 3/4 of my caramelized onions on my nachos, and save the rest. They keep well up to 2-3 days.
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Queso Drenched Vegetarian Nachos

Everyone's Favorite Drool-Worthy Nachos, Perfectly Layered & Loaded
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Layered nachos with queso recipe via Waiting on MarthaThe best ever nachos via Waiting on Martha Loaded nachos with queso and fresh avocado recipe | waitingonmartha.com

Nachos need no introduction.  EVERYONE loves nachos…I literally don’t know anyone that doesn’t perk up when a platter of loaded nachos with creamy, warm queso is plopped in front of them. When we shot this recipe, our photog Robert and I could not stop eating them (which if you know what an insane, in the best way possible, health nut he is, then you would understand the gravity of that statement)!  But of course, like everything drool-worthy, there’s an art to making perfectly loaded nachos (which I promise I’ve been practicing for quite some time)…and it’s all in the layering, my friends. 

There’s nothing worse than reaching for a nacho that has nothing on it, and in the dream world, every chip would have the perfect proportion of toppings and melty, ooey-gooey cheese.  But there’s ALSO nothing worse than soggy nachos, and you run that risk when drenching your nachos with queso.  So, I’ve made it my mission to whip up the ultimate loaded nachos that avoid both of those travesties; just follow my lead friends and I promise everyone will have a perfect pile on their plate. 

First, layer the pan with unbleached parchment paper (or tin foil) for easy cleanup…because scrubbing the baked cheese residue off the nacho pan later is not worth anyone’s time, let’s be honest.  Use a mixture of yellow and white chips (or homemade tortilla chips if you’re feeling ambitious; they’re so worth it) and make sure to spread them out in two layers, moving them around to make them as even as possible.  It’s okay to spend a little bit of time doing this, and throw out those broken chips.  Next, in order to avoid a soggy-nacho situation, you’ll want to cook only some of the ingredients: starting with the beans first, which serve as a layer to shield the queso from the nacho making the chip soggy.  Next up: queso, red peppers, fresh jalapenos, and the shredded cheese.  And please take the extra time and buy the high quality block cheese and shred it yourself which I’m sure your mother did.  It is SO, SO, SO much better than pre-shredded, and worth the extra effort. 

Cook the nachos until the cheese melts, then pull them out and layer on the toppings as high as they will go.  These will all serve as the cold, crunchy topping to the loaded nachos.  This way, you’ll get a warm, melty, cruncy, spicy, and creamy cold bite all in one (which is absolutely incredible I might add). So go ahead and pour on the green and red peppers, green onions, homemade pico de gallo (which is just red onions, tomato, jalapenos, cilantro, plenty of lime juice and GARLIC salt), cilantro and fresh, creamy avocado slices (not guacamole).  I’ve found that the fresh avocado is actually much, much tastier in each bite than a hunk of guac, and really adds that creamy texture.  Happy layering friends…now go pour yourself a margarita and nosh on some nachos!  Truly, MKR

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