Whether you’ll be hooting for the 49ers or hollering for the Ravens, we can all find common ground on Super Bowl Sunday over a great nacho recipe. Like pizza, nachos are an elemental dish made with the holy trinity of comfort foods: bread (or chips in this case), sauce, and cheese.
You can leave your nachos simple or build them up to deliciously monstrous proportions with anything from sausage to roasted red peppers, beans to olives. The possibilities are endless. If you don’t believe me, check out these seven killer nacho recipes that will surely please everyone this weekend. Even those who just want to watch the commercials. –Stacie
These Sweet and Spicy Beef Nachos (above) from A Spicy Perspective are a fun play on classic beef nachos. The meat cooks in a crock pot, so this recipe is a cinch. Plus it has an unexpected ingredient that you’ll have to find out for yourself. Genius!
If you want old school beef nachos, these Taco Bites from my own site, One Hungry Mama, are calling your name. They’re not only a fun stand in for traditional beef nachos, they’re also super fun for the kids. Sauté ground beef with the easiest-to-make homemade taco seasoning and you’re
in business. Keep things easy for you by placing the ingredients in individual bowls and let people put their bites together.
If chicken nachos sounds good, try these low-maintenance Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos from
Bev Cooks. You might be able to swap hot sauce for the salsa and a roasted red pepper in Bev’s recipe to get a buffalo chicken flavor. Or just follow the recipe. Looks pretty good as is, to me.
These Italian Nachos from Sweet Basil sound awesome. I’m not going to argue with what’s essentially a combo of pizza and nachos. Yum! Carrian uses chicken in her recipe, but I bet sweet or spicy Italian sausage would be awesome, too and you can probably go vegetarian if you’d like.
Nachos do not require meat. (Really. It’s true!) And meatless nachos do not have to be boring. Case in point: these vegetarian Blue Corn Nachos with Homemade Guacamole from Cookie + Kate. The ingredients list may be stripped down, but the flavor’s anything but. I mean, roasted red peppers on nachos? Yes, please!
If you are lucky enough to live in a warm climate, make these Grilled Nachos from Two Peas and Their Pod. Do it! For me, who is stuck in the cold? Cooking your nachos on the grill totally adds to the game day vibe. Maria and Josh use their homemade baked tortilla chips; I have no doubt it’s worth putting in the extra effort, but you can also use store bought chips.
The Buffalo Chicken Nachos from The Girl Who Ate Everything might be the most perfect mashup since Just Stop Believin’. (That’s the made-just-for-me mashup of Lady GaGa’s Just Dance and Journey’s classic hit. It is no unicorn, mamas. It’s real. Find, listen and love it.) If you love the taste of traditional wings, this may be football food at its finest.
Now here’s an original idea that’s too delicious not to share. Plus, they make for a gluten-free, corn-free nacho option. How, you ask? Simply roast potato wedges and top with beans, cheese, sour cream, enchilada sauce, shrimp, guacamole or any of your other favorite toppings to make these Baked Potato Nachos. Bonus: If you hop on over to How Sweet It Is for the recipe, you’ll also find an amazing list of other Super Bowl Snacks.
For more great super bowl recipes, don’t miss our roundup of Super Bowl dessert ideas!