Thursday, October 22, 2009

Nachos Grande

The hubz pointed out that we eat a lot of Mexican food. I never noticed but suppose it's true. Maybe that's a product of growing up in San Diego, but honestly, I didn't eat much Mexican growing up. I eat as much as I can every time I visit these days, but as a kid, it was always Chinese food, even when we went out. It's interesting though. Mexican food is one of those cuisines that you can't really find outside of Mexico, California and Texas. When I was living in Hong Kong, boy did I crave a good burrito! I was really excited when we planned a trip to New York and I thought I was finally going to get some decent Mexican, but nope, I was sorely disappointed.

On that note, we love Chevy's. Yes, I know it's "gringo" Mexican food, but that doesn't make it any less tasty. They have the best chips and salsa. So light and flaky. And you can't beat El Machino, pumping out fresh tortillas right before your eyes! A great bonus is that Chevy's has the absolute best happy hour. $3 margaritas (and beer and cocktails) and $3 for select appetizers. Full-sized appetizers, and their appetizers are big!

Even before we tried out their happy hour, the hubz and I always enjoyed going there for a few margaritas and getting a nachos grande to share. Now with the discovery of happy hour, we can't go back to paying full price. So when I came home from work too late to make it to happy hour, we decided to make our own at home.

- Tortillas chips
- Salsa
- Refried beans
- Chicken
- Shredded cheese (mexican blend)
- Additional things that I didn't have on hand but would be super tasty if I did are tomatoes, avocados, corn, black beans, sour cream, guacamole etc.

- Lay a thin layer of salsa on the bottom of a oven-safe plate. (I used a casserole dish)
- Put down a single layer of tortilla chips.
- Put a few dollops of refried beans every few inches.
- Put a few dollops of salsa every few inches.
- Put a few pieces of shredded chicken on the chips, also a few inches apart.
- Sprinkle everything with shredded cheese.
- Lay another layer of chips and layer of beans, salsa, chicken and cheese.
- Pop it in the oven until it's warmed through and the cheese is melted.
- Top it with diced tomatoes, avocados, sour cream, guacamole, etc.
- Serve with margaritas.


Sook said...

I went to Korea for three months and I craved some delicious Mexican food there! They don't have any Mexican food, not even tortillas. But these Nachos look wonderful. I've always wanted to make some delicious nachos at home... :)

Oh and Chevy's? They have my favorite flautas. Mmmm.... Yum.

gaga said...

Yes! Their flautas are awesome! And they're on the happy hour menu for $3 as well. Yummy!

Pete said...

Yummy nachos....great with a nice cool beer!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Like Pete said, best to eat with a glass of beer..

ann low said...

Yes, this is best to go with beer :D

Colleen said...

We love nachos in our house too - and nachos are pretty much my fave!

Talita said...

Qué ricura!!! I want nachos!!

Reeni said...

Those look so darn yummy! I'm going to have to make them for lunch!!

Amy J in SC said...

That does look good - and easy too.

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Salsalicious!!! Yum!

Trissa said...

I know what you mean about craving things you can't get where you are! I have been craving this Filipino burger called Jollibee for months but I would never touch the stuff while I was in the Philippines!

By the way, the nachos looks yummy!

Joanne said...

After getting mexican food in san fran, I will never be able to go back to eating NYC Mexican food. It was just amazing and so cheap!

I love your homemade nachos. You know what they say - if you want something done right, then do it yourself.

Cathy said...

Yum, I love a good plate of nachos, especially with all the tasty topping you've layered on. This is one of my favorite meals.

Ingrid_3Bs said...

Oh, my now THAT'S nachos!

MaryBeth said...

We love to enjoy a big fatty plate of nachos...these look wonderful!

That Girl said...

Where I grew up in Pennsylvania we didn't have any Mexican food - just a Taco Bell. Now I can eat it everyday. (Mexican food - not Taco Bell) The hubs actually used to wait tables at Chevys!

Noob Cook said...

I love nachos with melted cheese, yours look so comforting. I also like jalapenos in mine for the extra kick.

Elizabeth said...

Oh Wow! These nachos look fantastic!