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Favorite Nacho Toppings

I'm a nacho minimalist. I'm usually content with extra sharp cheddar and pickled jalapeno slices. However, I think the next time I make nachos, I'm gonna jazz it up. Any ideas? What interesting things do you apply to your tortilla chips before popping them into the oven?

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  1. Onions, tomatoes and cayenne pepper. Oh, and fresh jalapeƱos.

    1. Ceviche.

      No oven. Obviously.

      1. I like to add a little scoop of refried beans with my cheese and jalapeƱos if I happen to have some around.

        1. fave toppings: weird neon orange cheese from the 7-11 cheese machine (or at any given baseball stadium), with pickled jalapenos or green onions

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          1. re: calmossimo

            YES. +1 on 7-11 nachos. You can put as much cheese as you want on them. You cannot have enough cheese. ever.

            1. re: calmossimo

              Is it possible to make such processed deliciousness at home?

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                I haven't tried this recipe myself, but it's in my recipe box. Kenji from Serious Eats developed this cheese sauce recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

                1. re: 4Snisl

                  I love Kenji, I'm sure this recipe turns out well I should give it a try.

                2. re: fldhkybnva

                  http://www.ricos.com/c-1-Cheese-Chili...

                  My wife and I recently discovered Rico's products at Walmart. Picked it up on a lark as we indulge in the jarred processed stuff on occasion for movie night. We found the Rico's cheese sauces surprisingly good, and most of the ingredients are pretty reasonably cheese related. The white queso is my favorite, and is now featured pretty regularly in my tater tot casserole.

                    1. re: laststandchili

                      "...pretty reasonably cheese related." This cracked me up. I love how all of us on Chow can be so uppity and tightly wound about food on one hand. And then on the other hand, start a conversation about nachos, and all of a sudden our dirty little secrets come to light. 7-11 cheese (my personal favorite), Velveeta, cheese "product," tater tots??? lol!! I love this thread.

                3. I like some chopped green onions, or maybe some sliced black olives, or a small amount of chopped fresh tomato.

                  The refried beans or salsa or guacamole I like on the side, so it doesn't make the nachos soggy.