On Super Bowl Sunday, I plan to be an eligible receiver* in one way only. If you pass these nachos, I’ll be sure to have my arms—and mouth—wide open. They’re vegetarian and packed with vegetables, but that’s utterly beside the point. When I make nachos, I play to win. With powerful flavors, multiple sauces, lots of creaminess and plenty of crunch all balanced carefully in every bite, these nachos will ensure I’m not the only one paying zero attention to the game. Get the recipe below and read the whole story here on Serious Eats.
* Yes, I did use an online football glossary to help create that terrible pun.
Talk to you soon.
The Best Nachos Recipe: Seriously Savory Nachos
These nachos happen to be vegetarian. They also happen to be packed with vegetables, from cilantro to poblano peppers to sweet onion to red cabbage. But truly, all of that is beside the point. When I make nachos, I play to win. I like powerful flavors, multiple sauces, lots of creaminess and plenty of crunch. I like to balance all of those elements carefully in every bite. These nachos have got all that, because I've put a lot of thought into them. To say the least. Let's just say that someone who approaches the Super Bowl with even a modicum of interest in the football itself would not be able to compete for nachos mindshare with yours truly. As great minds will tell you, success comes from focusing long and hard on the nachos at hand. Please, taste for yourself—but I'm just sayin'. All elements can be prepared a few hours in advance and held separately. Reheat beans and cheese sauce over low heat, and assemble nachos, just before serving. Serves 10 as an appetizer, 4 as dinner.
- 1 heaping cup shredded red cabbage
- 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 white onion, finely diced
- 1 poblano pepper, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 15-ounce cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed well
- Salt, to taste
- 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
- 1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- One recipe cheese sauce for nachos
- 5 ounces tortilla chips