5 Tips For Making The Most Awesome Nachos

If prepared properly, nachos can be an exciting little dish loaded with flavor. 

The essential guide cover

Take the Culinary Career Survey

We’ve compiled a checklist of all of the essential questions into one handy tool: career options, culinary interest surveys, educational opportunities, and more.

Campus of Interest*
Program of Interest*

Clicking the "Get the Survey Now" button constitutes your express request, and your express written consent, to be contacted by and to receive automated or pre-recorded call, texts, messages and/or emails from via phone, text, and/or emails by Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts at the number(s)/email you provided, regarding furthering your education and enrolling. You understand that these calls, texts, messages and/or emails may be generated using an automated or pre-recorded technology. You are not required to agree to receive automated or pre-recorded calls, texts, messages or emails as a condition of enrolling at Escoffier. You can unsubscribe at any time or request removal of street address, phone number, email address via Escoffier website.

February 16, 2017 3 min read

When spring and summer roll around in a few months’ time, people will leave behind the shelter of indoors for parks, sports stadiums and other sunny locales.As people enjoy life outside once again, they’re going to need something to eat, and what better choice than nachos?

Whether served with beef or chicken or more traditionally with chips as the sole focus, nachos are the perfect versatile treat. Plus, culinary graduates can practice their skills by assembling these nuanced little plates of cheesy goodness.

Here are five tips to consider as you nail down your very own nacho recipe:

1. Go crazy with the cheese
Some people rely almost exclusively on a cheese sauce for their nachos. Even if you hand-craft your own sauce, it’s not going to be enough, and the resulting nachos can feel one-sided. That’s why you want to add something like shredded cheddar or Colby – these provide some much-needed texture to balance all that sauce. And feel free to experiment by shredding other cheeses based on flavor or spiciness.

“Always layer your nachos to ensure a proper mixture of flavors.”

2. Always layer your nachos 
If you’re inexperienced with making nachos, you might simply pile your ingredients (cheese, sour cream, chili peppers, meat, etc.) atop your chips. That’s a rookie mistake that’s going to lead to a heartbreaking plate. Instead, take a layered approach to your nachos. It’ll ensure not only a proper mixture of various flavors, but you’ll also avoid chips that wind up sans toppings.

3. Contemplate your choice of chips
While you might spend a lot of your time thinking about the cheese or steak atop your nachos, Bon Appetit recommended alloting enough time to choose perfect chips. If you go with something that’s too thin and crispy, it might crumble under the weight of your toppings, and that’s a party foul you want to avoid. Instead, choose something that’s nice and heavy, which can make all the difference in ensuring a proper taste experience.

Play around with nachos toppings to find the best flavor combination.

4. Plan ahead with your layers
Generally speaking, the foundations of your nachos should be the cheese and chips. Once those are layered, you have to consider the order of the remaining ingredients. Beans can go third, as they offer a layer of protection for the cheese. From there, your sour cream and guacamole go next, as they’re intended to be more finishing touches. Finally, consider additions like scallion and cilantro to add an extra dash of zest or freshness.

5. Have fun during nacho assembly 
In assembling their perfect nachos, the folks at The Thrillist explained it’s a matter of balancing creativity and authenticity. While you could use traditional refried beans, you’d be better off spicing them up with Peruano or black beans. Or just add some onion and garlic to enhance the flavor. As for the meat, why not use authentic Mexican selections like pork cracklings, chorizo, stewed chicken or beef stomach? That way, you’re experimenting with flavors while respecting the simple and delicious origins of the nacho dish.

Subscribe to the King of Chefs Blog

Subscribe to the King of Chefs Blog

Get the King of Chefs email newsletter delivered to your inbox weekly. You'll get everything you need to know about culinary & pastry careers, food entrepreneurship, financing your culinary education, and more.