Who doesn't love a good ol' plate of nachos. Well, as much as I love them, I never ever make them. Like ever. I would go so far as to say these are probably the first nachos I have put together in well over a decade. Usually we just go straight for stuff like quesadillas or just dip the chips in salsa. Nachos just never come to mind. Well, until today. Having no idea what to make for lunch, which seems to be an ongoing problem around here these days. Since the move, I just can't seem to get settled into a regular routine. It's been a month already, so I had better soon just get over it!
In the meantime while I am trying to get myself organized, I am still popping into the kitchen and trying to make stuff happen. Today, these nachos happened in no time at all. The fresh chopped vegetables gave them a very fresh flavour and you could almost call them heathy, right? Okay, that might be a stretch. But they were pretty good, healthy or not.
When I made these earlier today, we did two versions, the veggie ones for me and beef nachos for the kids. I would have taken pictures of those as well for a recipe, but they were eaten too quickly. In any case, I thought the veggie ones were excellent. I love fresh flavours and this just didn't disappoint. By adding the jalapeños you get just enough spice. The lime, cilantro and avocado really set it off to a new level. In the past when I have had nachos, they have generally been drenched in salsa and heavy on the cheese. These were the complete opposite of that with 100% fresh flavours.
Although I had these for lunch, they would make a great appetizer or party food. Well, I am sure you all know that anyway as it's kind of common sense. How long have nachos been around anyway? So nothing new, just a fresh idea for this Thursday to get us through to the weekend.
Although this isn't much of a recipe ( as you will see below), there are always little tips that can help you along the way. Things like making sure your avocados are fresh and the veggies are crisp will go a long way when putting this dish together as it relies on freshness. How many times have I said that today? So use fresh ingredients in this dish to get the the flavours it deserves. Anyone can open a jar of salsa and pour. This time when reaching for the jar, try this instead. Promise not to disappoint and deliver top flavours every time.
Time to get the nachos on!
Loaded Veggie Nachos
Serves 4 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 10 minutes
1/2 Red pepper, diced
1/2 Yellow pepper, diced
1/2 Green pepper, diced
1/2 Onion, diced
1 Tomato, diced
1/2 Cup/50 grams jalapeños
Small bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
2 Avocados, diced
Juice of one lime (optional)
1 Bag/200 grams Nachos
1 1/2 Cups/150 grams cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
On a large oven proof sheet pan, spread out the nachos. Evenly spread over cheese and then the vegetables. Bake in oven for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Remove from oven and top with avocado, fresh cilantro and drizzle over the lime juice. Serve straight away.
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