Nacho Mama’s Cheese Nachos

First up, let me just say that these nachos were Da Bomb.  My family loves a loaded up chip.  Anytime I’m looking for a quick, fun meal to fill them up, I think about whipping up a batch of these little beauties. And the best part about nachos for me is that you can make them to suit your mood as well as your pantry and in turn, pretty much be guaranteed that they will taste amazing with just about anything you throw on top of them.

Up until now, I had done a simple and easy preparation of just adding shredded cheese melted with an array of toppings.  This time around though, I thought I’d shake it up a bit.  I’d been wanting to try and make a queso cheese for some time that didn’t incorporate the use of processed cheese food (nothing against Velveeta, but what the heck is “cheese food” anyway?).   So I pulled from every corner of my fridge and pantry and sat back and smiled at my creation because it was good.  Real good.  This cheese added a whole new dimension to the dish.  It was creamy, cheesy, tomatoey (is that a even a word?), and just downright finger lickin, tongue clickin’, rib stickin’ good.

Are you ready for this?

Ingredients Needed:

2 Tbsp of  Butter
3 Tbsp of  Flour
1 Cup of Milk
11/2 Cups of Shredded Cheese (I used Pepper Jack)
1 4 Oz. Can of Green Chiles
1/2 tsp of Chili Powder
1/2 tsp of Cumin
1 Small Bunch of Cilantro
1/2 Cup of Salsa
1 Bag of Tortilla Chips
Assorted Toppings*

*I used chicken, tomatoes, green onions, black beans, and avocado

To get started, grab a pan and melt up your butter.  Add in the flour and create a roux.  Then add in your milk, put the heat on medium and let the mixture thicken.

Turn the heat down to low and add in the cheese.

Once it’s melted add in your green chiles, chili powder, cumin, and cilantro.

Now add in the salsa.

And you’re ready to go!

Lay your chips in an oven proof bowl and pour the cheese over the top.

Now add on your desired toppings.

Throw them in the oven for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Pull em out, grab yourself a plate and dig in.

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Nacho Mama's Cheese Nachos

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp of Butter
3 Tbsp of Flour
1 Cup of Milk
11/2 Cups of Shredded Cheese (I used Pepper Jack)
1 4 Oz. Can of Green Chiles
1/2 tsp of Chili Powder
1/2 tsp of Cumin
1 Small Bunch of Cilantro
1/2 Cup of Salsa
1 Bag of Tortilla Chips
Assorted Toppings*

*I used chicken, tomatoes, green onions, black beans, and avocado

Directions:

To get started, grab a pan and melt up your butter. Add in the flour and create a roux. Then add in your milk, put the heat on medium and let the mixture thicken.

Turn the heat down to low and add in the cheese.

Once it's melted add in your green chiles, chili powder, cumin, and cilantro. Now add in the salsa.

Lay your chips in an oven proof bowl and pour the cheese over the top. Now add on your desired toppings.

Throw them in the oven for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

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26 Responses to “Nacho Mama’s Cheese Nachos”

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    Brenda — November 3, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    Julie, these look FAR better than any cheese nachos I’ve had anywhere. I’m dying here! It’s 9:30 in the morning and I could eat the entire batch, lol. What a gorgeous recipe. Your family is so lucky!

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    Jessica Nunemaker — November 3, 2010 @ 10:51 am

    Yeah. That looks incredibly good!

    I get cravings for nachos. This could definitely do the trick!!!

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    Apicius' Apprentice — November 3, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    Wow, these do look amazing! And I agree with the previous post… Its only 11 am and all I want are these nachos now!

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    Faith — November 3, 2010 @ 11:44 am

    Your Nacho mama’s cheese nachos looks fantastic! I crave nachos every now and then but after seeing yours. I must have it soon. Your pictures are great.

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    M @ Betty Crapper — November 3, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    I love Nachos and am super glad you found a way to not use processed cheese. My only problem is that I wish it wasn’t lunch time! I now want these bad.

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    Holly L — November 3, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    I heard nachos…I came running. I have never quite made them like this…but man oh man am I going to try them.

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — November 3, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

    Oh my gosh! I want this now and I don’t even have any tortillas in the house!

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    Katerina — November 3, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    This looks awesome. I am bookmarking this. I am speechless.

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    Laura in Cancun — November 3, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    MMMM!!! when I lived in Richmond, there was a restaurant called “Nacho Mama’s” :)

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    Kim @ Quit Eating Out — November 3, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

    If you could only know how hungry I am and how much I could whip these up RIGHT NOW. My hubby and I love to watch Modern Family on Wednesday nights… wondering if I can get to the store to get the ingredients in time? :) Love this! Thanks for sharing…. Have a great night!

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    Monet — November 3, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

    Julie…I don’t know if I’ve ever been more tempted to make nachos. These look beyond delicious. You never fail to take a classic recipe and turn it into something spectacular. I wish I had a cheesy plate in front of me now!

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    Miranda — November 3, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

    I love making nachos with homemade cheese sauce – what is great is that you added the salsa and chilis to your sauce. Yum!

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    Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective — November 3, 2010 @ 10:29 pm

    Ahhhh, homemade cheese sauce! That is a real treat. These looks better than any restaurant nachos I ever seen!

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — November 4, 2010 @ 10:10 am

    Cheese nachos are really good but I’ve never made it at home. Your version with the homemade cheese sauce sounds really good. I like the toppings too. Definitely a very tasty treat!

    Love your new blog design. Very easy to navigate :)

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    Maranda — November 4, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    Those look so good! I love a good nacho. Seriously…when are you having me over for dinner?? LOL!

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    anne — November 4, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    did i tell you i love your new site??

    anne

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    Ameena — November 4, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

    Yum….These look delicious!! And I see that you bought out everything Trader Joe’s has to offer? :)

    Love your new site. Makes me really want to do something with mine!!

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    Emily Z — November 4, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

    Your nachos look awesome! I love how you always have a photo of all of the ingredients a recipe entails. Clever idea! I also love the new layout, your blog looks great!

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    ingrid — November 4, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

    I don’t know what you are doing with your photos but the last one of your last few posts have been terrific. The lighting has just been spot on.

    While that probably wouldn’t fill up the twins (14 yr old boys!) enough for dinner it would make a nice weekend lunch for them.
    ~ingrid

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — November 5, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    this looks so good. i cant wait to try this soon. thank you for sharing this.

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    Anna Johnston — November 7, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    Fantastic. Love a good Nacho, we have them quite often too.

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — November 10, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

    Beautiful nachos! I love a good salty and spicy meal. And if I haven’t mentioned, I like the new blog look! :)

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    Claire — November 11, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

    my mouth is watering… looks like I am having nachos for lunch!

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    Lala @ LenzLove — November 29, 2010 @ 12:22 am

    So going to the store on the way from dropping off the kiddos tomorrow. My mouth is watering the whole way through the post!

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    Kanchan — March 3, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    Thanks for this scrumptious recipe Julie. I tried it for lunch and i also had leftover goast cheese that i just sprinkeld over my hot nachos!

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