Let's Nacho!

by Sanjeev Kapoor

They say you should try and find happiness in the little and simple things in life, and we think the best way to do that is to gorge on a plate of nachos. The little crisp tortilla chips loaded with generous amount of melted cheese and jalapenos are something to die for. Oh yes, these are triangles of happiness! The Tex-Mex treat, that has now gained fame all over the world. Some like their share of nachos with just melted cheese or with salsa, guacamole and sour cream or maybe just like a sole snack to munch on.  The best part of this dish is that it can serve as an appetiser, snack or some versions of it can also serve as a great main dish.


Some historic evidence…

The term nacho has 2 meanings, one is the slang used by the people in Texas and Mexico, and the other is a long story. While there is no specific explanation as to how this tiny little treat was created. But, there is quite an interesting tale which is worth knowing.

In the 1940s, an incident took place in Piedras Negras, a small town in Mexico which was near a US military base, in Texas. Some of the wives of the military men went out shopping and stopped by for some food when they found out all the restaurants were closed. A chef at a victory club, Ignacio Anaya took some pain and pity and decided to cook something with the leftovers in the kitchen. He deep-fried some tortilla chips, topped them with loads of cheddar cheese and jalapenos, baked to perfection, and then served it as canapés. That’s when this little treat came to existence with the second reason to call it nacho because Ignacio’s nickname was Nacho!


…and the rest is recipes!


Cheesy Chicken Nachos

There are both vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions of . For the latter, boneless chicken cooked in a flavourful mixture topped on crisp with loads of cheese and baked. We bet it’s going to leave you wanting for more!


Chana Chur Garam Nachos

Adding a desi touch to the Mexican and presenting you the recipe of Chana Chur . Onion-tomato-jalapeno mixture, cheese sauce, chana chur and cheese layered one on top of the other and baked. You can count on this easy recipe for any party or get-together.


Nachos with Rajma

Another typical desi recipe which is a great choice for the vegetarians. Kidney beans prepared in a masaledaar mixture with some basic spices, exotic veggies and melted cheese. Each bite is pure bliss!


Mexican Bhel

Mexican cuisine is really easy to play on for creating fusion recipes. Like this Mexican Bhel which takes to a whole new level. An innovative recipe with purple cabbage, typical bhel condiments and crisp are combined and made into a yummy snack. Try it out; your kids will love it too!


Dessert Nachos

This delectable treat just got better in its sweet avatar. Crisp tortilla chips loaded with sizzling hot chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream is bound to leave you drooling. Make sure to keep an extra batch ready because one’s never going to be enough!



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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.