Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar. For your next party, wow your guests with something more unique than a regular finger food spread. You can set up a Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar with many ingredients. What do you like? What will your guests like? The sky is the limit.
Nachos got their start in Mexico in the 1950s. Generally known as a high fat and calorie dish of melty-cheese-smothered tortilla chips normally sold at ball parks, nachos have evolved over the years. Cooked spiced meats and fresh vegetables along with creamy dressings are just part of the list of popular toppings. You can cut back on the fat and calorie-laden ingredients and add more fresh vegetable toppings — although nachos are more of an indulgent treat than a health food. Once in a while, it’s fun to create your own ultimate nachos with friends and family. Check out some finished Ultimate Nachos plates in the photos below for pairing ideas.
How to build Ultimate Nachos? Set up a “bar” with lots of nachos ingredients. Start out with a plate of chips. Scatter on some meats, beans and cheeses. Add chopped veggies. Spoon on some guacamole, salsa, sour cream, chile con queso, and chipotle cream dressing. Garnish with chopped cilantro, sliced scallions, sliced black olives — the list goes on! Be sure to include plates, serving utensils, silverware, and plenty of napkins.
Below is a suggested list of ingredients (and some recipes) to help you set up a Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar. Use what you like and omit what you don’t like. Ultimate Nachos are all about building the tastiest pile of comfort food goodness — ever.
From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….
Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar
Warmed restaurant-style corn tortilla chips (sturdier round or triangle-shaped chips work best)
Warmed flour tortilla chips
Warmed pita chips
Warmed vegetable-based chips
Pulled Smoked Pork
Seasoned Beef Taco Meat
Smoky Chipotle Chicken
Shredded Buffalo Taco Meat
Marinated Skirt Steak
Cooked shelled shrimp
Battered fish sticks
Lump crab meat
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Shredded Pepper Jack cheese
Crumbled Cotija cheese
Chile Con Queso with Smoky Chipotles
My Award-Winning Black Bean Chili
Tomato Party Salsa
Pico de Gallo
Zesty Cucumber Pineapple Peach Salsa
Assorted bottled taco sauces
Sour cream or Mexican crema
Chipotle Cream Dressing
Vegetables and Seasonings:
Baby arugula leaves
Chopped sweet onion
Sliced jalapeno peppers
Shredded purple cabbage
Sliced roasted red peppers
Sliced black olives
Crushed red pepper flakes
Have fun with your Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar. Be sure to offer beer, sangria, wine, margaritas, sodas, and iced tea for your guests.
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