I hope I'm not insulting you. I never knew the beauty of oven nachos until a year or two ago, and it rocked my world. Just in case you need a little tortilla-flavored world rocking, here's one of our favorite dinners that takes virtually no time or brainpower.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a large sheet pan with foil. Unless you're a weirdo who likes doing dishes.
- Load the tray with tortilla chips, and cover with shredded cheese, making sure to hit every chip. We usually use Monterrey Jack but recently had to use sharp cheddar and dug it.
- You can stop there, but you can also add seasoned ground beef, slow-cooker pork, sautéed onions and peppers, black beans, corn... whatever you like that would benefit from a dose of heat. If you do add toppings, add another layer of cheese on top.
- Bake for 10ish minutes until the cheese is melted and the chips are barely golden.
- Top with dollops of salsa, sour cream, avocado, jalapeños, a squeeze of lime, cilantro... whatever makes you and your people happy.
Lazy Genius Bonus Tips
- Cook a big batch of topping goodness, and throw half of it in a freezer bag for next time to make this a literal ten minute meal.
- Have a big crew with particular tastes? Instead of lining the sheet pan with one piece of foil, make little foil trays where your people can make their own "pan" of nachos.
- Having friends over for dinner? Make this. Assemble a couple of pans, and keep popping them in the oven as folks finish the first. Everybody likes nachos.
Am I the only one who's missed out on this for years? I hope I'm saving at least one of you the heartache of the same love lost.