Monday, 8 July 2013

Baked Nachos

I've always loved eating nachos at Mexican or American eateries - crispy tortilla chips, layered with tomatoes, beans, lots of melted cheese and topped with sour cream. It's highly addictive and almost impossible to stop eating once you get started. 



I came across this delicious Baked Nachos recipe by Curtis Stone which is different from the normal Nachos, where tortilla chips are used - these chips are usually made from corn tortillas, which are cut into wedges and then fried.

In this recipe, flour tortillas (a type of thin flat bread made from finely ground wheat flour and used mainly for wraps) is torn and baked till crisp and used as "chips". I think this is definitely healthier than the other type of deep-fried tortilla chips since its baked. I used wholemeal flour tortillas in packs of five at the supermarket. 


The crispy baked tortillas are then layered with beans, tomatoes, parsley and then baked till the cheese is all melted and gooey. It is then served with with sour cream or yoghurt. 


There is just one word to describe this dish, which is perfect as a snack or a starter for parties: heavenly!


Baked Nachos (Serves 4)
Recipe by Curtis Stone on Oprah.com

Ingredients
  • 8 tortillas wraps , torn into large pieces (sold in packs in supermarket)
  • 8 ounces (226 g) cooked kidney beans 
  • 2 large tomatoes , seeds removed and cut into a small dice (reserve some for garnish)
  • 6 ounces mozzarella , torn into small pieces
  • 6 ounces grated Monterey Jack, shredded
  • 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro , chopped rough (reserve some for garnish)
  • Low-fat sour cream or low-fat yogurt to serve
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Arrange the torn pieces of tortilla on a baking sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until the tortillas are crispy. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  • On an oven-safe serving tray or round baking sheet, lay a layer of tortilla crisps on the bottom. Layer with the beans, tomatoes, cheeses and cilantro. Add another layer of tortilla, and repeat process until all ingredients are used.
  • Once the nachos are arranged, bake in the oven for 4 to 5 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. Remove from oven and serve with sour cream or yogurt drizzled over the top, and garnish with reserved cilantro and diced tomato.
This post is linked to Cook Like A Star, where this month's featured chef is Curtis Stone, an event organized by Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids together with co-hosts, Baby Sumo from Eat Your Heart Out and Grace from Life Can Be Simple.




31 comments:

  1. This looks so yummy. I want a plateful.

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  2. This looks awesome!!I really like Mexican food. Bookmarking this one. I am hoping to treat my family with this dish soon.
    Have a nice week X

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  3. Mich, I love nachos! I always order it at Chillis. Hmmm..I should really make my own to enjoy!

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  4. I have never eat this before, can i have a try ? hehe...

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  5. I'm a nachos fan too! So all the tortilla will be crispy or just the top ones? I'm an idiot when it comes to baking. Lol!

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  6. Mich , I really NEED it right now :D It looks really delicious !

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  7. I am also a huge nachos fan. Have been seeing quite many recipes using flour tortillas, glad that you approve, I need to try it soon too.

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  8. Love the baked version. Looks super yum

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  9. I am a fan of nachos and these looks so, so good! I wish that I could bite into these! Looks so delicious!

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  10. Hi Mich! Nachos is great for party! Know what, the school is now selling this too and is my girls' favorite!

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  11. Nachos definitely are one of the most addictive eats, especially if you make them :)
    I'm salivating!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. Yes, I have not had nachos for a while, now looking at yours I feel that I should make my own as well...looks delicious Mich...love all the toppings.
    Have a great week ahead :D

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  13. I should not have seen this in the middle of night. it's almost 2AM here, and now I'm hungry!
    This looks soooooooooooo delicious, and it's calling my name

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  14. Hi Mich,

    Like your healthier version of cheesy nachos... Great way to get the kids eating their vege :p

    Zoe

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  15. Those close up shots are making me very hungry. Nachos for breakfast is completely acceptable don't you think?

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  16. That looks healthy and delicious! I would love to give this a try too, add lots of cheese so my boys would eat it:P

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  17. Nachos are sure addictive! I must give this baked version a try too.

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  18. I love nachos and I haven't had them in sooo long. Way too long. Thanks for jogging my dinner menu!

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  19. These look fantastic! We love nachos around here and this baked version is a nice change.

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  20. Hi Mich,
    These nachos looks awesome.
    Love this healthy version:D
    mui

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  21. love all that you put in here! looks wonderful and delicious!

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  22. nachos nachos- my favourite.

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  23. Never tried baked version. I'm not a huge fan of nachos but once in a while I get craving for it. I have to try your recipe. I'll enjoy it much more than from restaurant's heavy version.

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  24. sounds and look delicious The kids love nachos!!

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  25. I dont know if we have told you this before but we are always in the mood for mexican food... Nachos are up there on the list.... They are simple, hearty and have all our favorite ingredients in one no fuss dish!! Lovely photos too!

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  26. This sound too tempting , all Flavours in there..

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  27. Hi Mich, very inviting dish, look really good and appetizing. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    Best regards.

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  28. Nachos make for a really great summer appetizer. Flour tortillas would be a lot more like baking pitas. The melted cheese looks delicious and I think that it would go very well baked into the flour tortillas. Thank you for including the recipe. These nachos really do not take very long to make.


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