Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Baked Veggie Nachos....

For some reason, nachos have been my craving for months now...Literally months. And now, with the 4th july coming up...its the best menu that can be easily and very quickly made at home... I have perfect excuse to make a heaping dish of hot, cheesy tortilla chips smothered in piles of baked veggies and sour cream…

I was first introduced to these nachos and tortillas only after coming to USA..and from that time it has been a major contributor to my affinity towards Mexican cuisine... Just so I thought I could share the recipe with you all.. Aren’t I thoughtful?...Yup many indians dont know what nachos exactly are? So for my indian friends...

Nachos are considered more "Tex Mex" than Mexican, being an invention of one Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya, a restaurateur serving American servicemen in the 1940s. At their essence, they are simply a layer of tortilla chips with melted cheddar cheese and jalapeno peppers.

Unfortunately, the sports stadium concessionaires got a hold of the nachos idea and ruined it by using melted, processed Velveeta cheese, instead of real cheddar. So now, many people think that that's what nachos are. How distressing!

Nachos are all about the ingredients - the best tortilla chips, freshly made refried pinto beans, grated cheddar cheese, jalapeno peppers, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and fresh cilantro...

Thus Nachos are a popular food based on nixtamalized corn, that can be either made quickly to serve as a snack or prepared with more ingredients to make a full meal.

I hope all my dear Indian friends got bit knowledge about nachos...

The best thing about these nachos is their balance of flavours - cheese and veggies..but believe it or not, they are actually nutritious too. Isnt it a treat!

This Ultimate Vegetarian Nachos version are perfect for hectic weeknight meals, late-night snacks, or Friday nights. Deliciously crispy in the oven, they are also microwaveable for 45-second cooking. Vegetarian Nachos being vegetarian, contain only fresh ingredients, and they'll be ready before you can order a pizza!

So, for real, one of the best parts of these nachos is that, not only do all of the vegetables add a healthy touch but also a ton of flavor, they’re also a fun twist on the typical limey, salsa and beany toppings that you get to see popularly at mexican restaurant.

I promise its going to be Unquestionably delicious... a perfect party food,when loaded up with veggies they also make a great main course for sharing....

On menus at casual restaurants or in parties, I've noticed a twist on nachos: potato chips in place of tortilla chips. Sometimes called "Irish nachos," most versions are fried, but not mine!

There are many ways we can make Nachos. Most simple version is tortilla chip with cheese sauce. But my personal favorite is a fully loaded version with veggies. Vegetable Nachos are quite simple & easy to make & go great as snacks/starters/appetizers.

Do,Try this delicious food variety of vegetarian nachos. Ready in minutes, it's faster can be made very within no time and healthier, too.

There are no real measurements required for this recipe. Moreover you can use any vegetables of your choice.


a.Before Baking

b.After Baking

1 Tortilla chips packet (I used Doritos nachos cheese flavor)
1-2 cups of Grated Cheese (I used combination of Mozzarella & mild cheddar pizza blend)
1/4 red capsicum finely chopped (optional I havent used it)
1/4 green capsicum finely chopped
1/4 red onion finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
Few jalapenos (optional)
Coriander for garnishing
salt & pepper to taste

1.Start your oven on Broiler mode. In a serving dish (make sure its oven/microwave safe), layer the tortilla chips evenly.
2.Sprinkle some grated/shredded mozzarella cheese (as little or more as much as you like). I like more so added maximum.
3.Now add all the veggies evenly followed by coriander & sprinkle some salt & pepper on top.
4.Top it with some jalapenos
5.Followed by some more cheese (mild cheddar).
6.Now keep the Serving dish in the Oven on broiler mode for about 5 mins or till the cheese starts to melt.
7.Once the cheese has melted, switch the oven to Bake mode at 350F & let it bake for 2 mins.
8.If you are using a microwave, micro the dish for about 2 mins or till the cheese melts.

Note for reference: You can also roast your veggies on a pan before adding them to Nachos if you dont have oven.You can also use nonfat Greek yogurt as the final touch instead of sour cream. I’m telling you, if your men don’t see the label, they won’t know the difference...Just try and see!
Make Vegetarian Nachos small or large. To serve it make use of a cookie sheet.
If there are picky eaters in the family, let everyone make their own plates and top them they way they like!

That's it our Vegan Nachos are ready!! Serve them with guacamole & sour cream or simply on their own.

Happy Snacking!!