Easy Recipes for Homemakers: Nacho Salad
Our Nacho Salad recipe creation offers a fun twist on two classic Tex-Mex recipes. Nachos are a fun dinner, and definitely one that your kids and hubby will be cheering for on the weekly menu plan! But what is Nacho Salad? If you crossed taco salad with nachos, you’d get Nacho Salad.
Nacho Salad gets its “salad” moniker from the fact that it has a real salad built into the middle. Yes, between a top and bottom layer of traditional nachos toppings, you’ll find solid layers of tomatoes and lettuce or spinach. The salad ingredients melt and blend into the other toppings so well that your kids will never know they’re eating a full salad too!
You’ll have to eat Nacho Salad with a fork to dig into the layers of melty goodness. Bon appétit! We think you’ll really like our new line of Easy Recipes for Homemakers. No matter what your level of cooking training, experience, or practice, you’ll be able to put these recipes together with our simple step by step instructions.
- Nacho chips
- 2 Cups Lettuce or spinach, chopped
- 2 Tomatoes, diced
- 3 Cups Cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 Can of refried beans
- 1 Cup Pepperjack cheese, grated
- 1 Jar of nacho cheese dip or con queso
- Handful of slice jalapenos
- Hot sauce or salsa
1. Prepare and set out all ingredients.
2. Line a microwave-safe plate with nacho chips.
3. Drop spoonfuls of refried beans on top of chips. Make sure spoonfuls are spread about 2 inches apart across surface of chips.
4. Drizzle a light covering of nacho cheese dip or con queso across the surface of the chips.
5. Place the plate of nachos in the microwave for 1:45. The goal is to heat the refried beans almost up to eating temperature. (Time is for a full-size plate. For a small child-size serving, cut the time in half.)
6. Remove plate from the microwave. Be careful – plate may be hot.
7. On top of chips, add a solid layer of chopped spinach or lettuce (or both).
8. Next, add a thick layer of tomatoes.
9. (Optional) If you like your nachos spicy, sprinkle a thin layer of pepperjack cheese on top of nachos.
10. Cover with a heavy layer of shredded cheddar cheese.
11. Assembled nachos, prior to being melted, will look like the photo at right:
12. Microwave nachos for 1:30, or just long enough to melt the top layer of cheese. (Time may need to be adjusted for size of plate.)
13. Remove plate from microwave. Top nachos with your favorite garnishes and toppings: sliced jalapenos, hot sauce, salsa, etc.
14. Eat while still warm and melty. Enjoy!
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