Nachos Your Way. Set Up a Build-Your-Own Nacho Bar to Please ALL Palates!

What’s the PERFECT appetizer to serve at your next shindig?



Though that exact recipe? That will depend on the tastebuds attending. So, rather than trying to cater to every person’s preferences with separate dishes, why not create a Nacho Bar! Allow your guests to build their own and pop them right into the toaster oven for a ready to eat treat! (No toaster oven on hand? No problem. Use medium ramekins or just create separate ‘piles’ on a larger baking sheet.)

If your kids love spicy foods, go for nachos piled high with jalapenos and spicy dips. Have a milder palate? Try a sweet take with baked beans and black olives. Or if you are just not feeling nachos tonight, opt for the ever so popular, Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins or Teriyaki Wings (so. good.).

Whatever you choose, be sure to consider what dishes can be prepped, chopped, measured or cooked ahead of time. Whatever can be done early will make getting ready on game day that much easier, leaving you with more time to watch the game with your guests. Think portioning out chips, having small dishes of toppings prepped and ready, and simple directions for the toaster oven if you’re going self-service style.



Nachos Your Way

Serves 6

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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
15 min

Total Time
25 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
15 min

Total Time
25 min

  1. 4 cups tortilla chips
  2. 4-(0.25 cup) of your favorite toppings*
  3. 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  4. Salsa, guacamole and sour cream (optional)
  5. *Use your favorite nacho toppings, such as chili, vegetarian refried beans, baked beans, black beans, steak, shredded chicken, taco meat, bell peppers, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, ribboned baby spinach, diced red onions, sliced black olives or avocado.
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.;
  2. Arrange the tortilla chips on an oven-safe platter. Spread the toppings over the chips, and then sprinkle on the cheese.;
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Serve warm.
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Nutrition Tip: By swapping from full fat cheese to reduced fat you save 20 calories per serving, leaving you more wiggle room when it comes to those delicious chip toppers (hello, guac!). 

Nutrition Information: 170 calories, 8 grams fat, 2.5 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 17 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 0 grams sugar, 7 grams protein, 6% Vitamin A, 2% Vitamin C, 20% Calcium, 4% Iron. (As toppings may vary, this analysis used a variety of toppers to create an average result.)


Thanks for reading! 

Jessica Corwin, MPH, RDN

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