Superbowl LII is just a few days away and it’s time to start thinking of some tasty snacks to serve on the big day. Chicken wings, pretzels, meat (in any form), and dips all make an annual appearance at the big game, but the Superbowl won’t be complete without nachos!
Nachos are the ultimate Superbowl snack food. They are salty, savoury, cheesy, spicy, fresh, and hearty…and just about everyone loves them. There is little to no fuss for the host as well, just layer up the nachos, cook them in the oven and serve them to your guests right off the tray! It really couldn’t get any easier than that!
Of course, there is a bit of a science to making the “ultimate” nachos- and that science involves layering. You can’t just dump the toppings onto nacho chips and call it a day- that would be horrible. Rather, you need to layer the chips, toppings and cheese in a certain way to: 1) make sure that every little nacho chip gets some of these delicious vegetarian toppings and 2) make sure that the toppings stick to the nacho chips and don’t fall off.
My scientific method for layering begins with a single layer of nacho chips on the sheet pan. Then eat a few, just to make sure they are good. Next, I top the nacho chips with a light sprinkling of shredded cheese, then the veggie toppings (I used black beans, tomato, yellow onion, corn kernels, black olives, cilantro, and serrano pepper), and another light layer of cheese. The first layer of cheese helps the toppings to stick to the nacho chips, while the second layer of cheese prevents the toppings from moving and allows the second layer of nacho chips to stick. Before layering in the same process for the second layer, I bake the first layer for 5-6 minutes at 400 degrees F, or until the cheese has melted- to ensure the second layer really sticks. I then repeat the same process for the second layer of nacho chips and then bake the entire sheet for 10 minutes. The nacho chips should be nice and golden brown and the cheese should all be gooey and melted.
Now, these nachos would be great on their own, but I like to have some Perfect Guacamole and some Chipotle Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce to go alongside these nachos. I have been making my Perfect Guacamole for years (and have loved every single batch) but my recipe for Chipotle Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce is a new recipe (if you can even call it a recipe).
I simply add 2 tablespoons of chopped chipotles in adobo (these can be found canned in the Mexican aisle at the grocery store) with one tablespoon of my favourite hot sauce, Tapatio, to 1 1/2 cups of Greek yogurt and add a squeeze of lime juice. Mix to combine and you have one tasty and healthy dip to plunge those nachos into!
Tell me in the comments below who will you be rooting for this Superbowl- Eagles or Pats- and if you would love some of these Ultimate Veggie Nachos!