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Long Island City's Five Star Diner


When you think late night bites in Manhattan, certain morsels may come to mind. For the foodies and chefs that inhabit Gotham, they may go for the after-work feast and beverage to talk about the nights most colorful customers; possibly Blue Ribbon Sushi, Brinkley's, Serafina, or other culinarian late night haunts. Up until now, New York taxi drivers had a different secret locale: Five Star Diner. But this place is thriving and now taxi drivers are just a few of the clientele at this Punjabi diner.

A question I asked, like many others, “Is it a diner, buffet, or a banquet?” One could be confused as the name reads “5 Star Diner,” “5 Star Banquet,” or “Punjabi Diner.”

The owner, Mr. Binder, puts together traditional Indian flavors in a surprisingly lavish interior, somewhat like a wedding banquet hall, colorful, large, and complete with a stage and dance floor (the exterior is not inviting). The location is obscure, and somewhat remote, but the food is superior and cheaper than any Indian in the big city. A visit to 5 Star is one to be remembered, after all, how can 10,000 cab drivers be wrong? Located under the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City, 5 Star serves breakfast, an all you can eat lunch buffet Monday through Saturday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $8.99), dinner, and a late night feast.

Like the Bollywood films that are streamed onto screens late into the night, all the Northern Indian stars are here, starting with crispy garlic naan ($2.50, the best I’ve had). Try the onion kulcha ($2.50) bread stuffed with onions and ginger. A bronzed and inviting chicken tandoori ($4.99) came up a little dry and disappointing, on the contrary the chicken tikka masala ($8.99) was rich, creamy, and sweet — something I will go back for again and again. A chopped mound of Sag Paneer ($6.95) studded with cubes of cheese and topped with slices of jalapeños is a hit too. There’s also the malai kofta ($7.99), a Northern Indian curry with vegetable balls fried and dunked into a creamy bath of curry.

A late night delight of Indian flavor awaits at this obscure yet warmly friendly location.


Nachos Supreme

Nachos have been canonized in Mexican, Tex-Mex and American cuisine. But few people know the origins game day food (or Oscar day. or Tuesday) staple! In 1943, some wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass, Texas, were on a shopping trip in the bordering city of Piedras Negras, Mexico. They stopped at the Victory Club for a bite to eat,but the restaurant had closed for the day. Not wanting to disappoint his customers, maître d', Ignacio "El Nacho" Anaya, was determined to whip something up for them. He made due with what was left in the kitchen: tortillas, cheese and pickled jalapeño. He cut and fried the tortillas into chips, covered them with the cheese and jalapeño and served what would go on to be called "Nacho's especiales".

Since this fateful day the popularity of nachos has exploded and you can now find variations in the kitchens of homes and restaurants all over the world. This recipe is one of our favorites. Its foolproof and sure to be delicious, but feel free to mix and match with your favorite ingredients. More questions? Check out answers below to the Internet's most frequently asked nacho questions.

What are some toppings for nachos?

We've got a pretty impressive amount of toppings in this recipe! If you're looking for more options, try some of these: guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, grilled corn, pinto beans, black olives, fresh jalapeño slices, pickled red onions, cubed steak, shredded chicken, or crumbled tofu.

Can nachos be healthy?

They totally can! I wouldn't call these particular nachos healthy, but if you're looking for an alternative, we've got options! Check out these Zucchini Nachos, Bell Pepper Nachos, or Cauliflower Nachos&mdashthey're all great substitutes! PLUS you're getting a hefty serving of veggies. Win/win!

Are nachos fried or baked?

Nachos are baked, but the corn chips used in them are usually fried. (Unless you go the healthy route, like the recipes above.)

Do you put salsa on nachos before cooking?

We wouldn't recommend it! Any ingredients you want to retain freshness and crunch should be added after the nachos go into the oven. We're talking herbs, greens, tomatoes, fresh salsas , avocado, and guacamole&mdashnone of these things are good warm.

What kind of cheese is used with nachos?

We're big fans of Monterey Jack and cheddar, but your options are limitless. Just make sure it melts! (The exception is cotija, a hard Mexican cow's milk cheese which can be added after the nachos bake!)

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

Editor's Note: This introduction to this recipe was updated on 7/21/20 to include more information about the dish. The recipe title was also changed.


Nachos Supreme

Nachos have been canonized in Mexican, Tex-Mex and American cuisine. But few people know the origins game day food (or Oscar day. or Tuesday) staple! In 1943, some wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass, Texas, were on a shopping trip in the bordering city of Piedras Negras, Mexico. They stopped at the Victory Club for a bite to eat,but the restaurant had closed for the day. Not wanting to disappoint his customers, maître d', Ignacio "El Nacho" Anaya, was determined to whip something up for them. He made due with what was left in the kitchen: tortillas, cheese and pickled jalapeño. He cut and fried the tortillas into chips, covered them with the cheese and jalapeño and served what would go on to be called "Nacho's especiales".

Since this fateful day the popularity of nachos has exploded and you can now find variations in the kitchens of homes and restaurants all over the world. This recipe is one of our favorites. Its foolproof and sure to be delicious, but feel free to mix and match with your favorite ingredients. More questions? Check out answers below to the Internet's most frequently asked nacho questions.

What are some toppings for nachos?

We've got a pretty impressive amount of toppings in this recipe! If you're looking for more options, try some of these: guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, grilled corn, pinto beans, black olives, fresh jalapeño slices, pickled red onions, cubed steak, shredded chicken, or crumbled tofu.

Can nachos be healthy?

They totally can! I wouldn't call these particular nachos healthy, but if you're looking for an alternative, we've got options! Check out these Zucchini Nachos, Bell Pepper Nachos, or Cauliflower Nachos&mdashthey're all great substitutes! PLUS you're getting a hefty serving of veggies. Win/win!

Are nachos fried or baked?

Nachos are baked, but the corn chips used in them are usually fried. (Unless you go the healthy route, like the recipes above.)

Do you put salsa on nachos before cooking?

We wouldn't recommend it! Any ingredients you want to retain freshness and crunch should be added after the nachos go into the oven. We're talking herbs, greens, tomatoes, fresh salsas , avocado, and guacamole&mdashnone of these things are good warm.

What kind of cheese is used with nachos?

We're big fans of Monterey Jack and cheddar, but your options are limitless. Just make sure it melts! (The exception is cotija, a hard Mexican cow's milk cheese which can be added after the nachos bake!)

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

Editor's Note: This introduction to this recipe was updated on 7/21/20 to include more information about the dish. The recipe title was also changed.


Nachos Supreme

Nachos have been canonized in Mexican, Tex-Mex and American cuisine. But few people know the origins game day food (or Oscar day. or Tuesday) staple! In 1943, some wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass, Texas, were on a shopping trip in the bordering city of Piedras Negras, Mexico. They stopped at the Victory Club for a bite to eat,but the restaurant had closed for the day. Not wanting to disappoint his customers, maître d', Ignacio "El Nacho" Anaya, was determined to whip something up for them. He made due with what was left in the kitchen: tortillas, cheese and pickled jalapeño. He cut and fried the tortillas into chips, covered them with the cheese and jalapeño and served what would go on to be called "Nacho's especiales".

Since this fateful day the popularity of nachos has exploded and you can now find variations in the kitchens of homes and restaurants all over the world. This recipe is one of our favorites. Its foolproof and sure to be delicious, but feel free to mix and match with your favorite ingredients. More questions? Check out answers below to the Internet's most frequently asked nacho questions.

What are some toppings for nachos?

We've got a pretty impressive amount of toppings in this recipe! If you're looking for more options, try some of these: guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, grilled corn, pinto beans, black olives, fresh jalapeño slices, pickled red onions, cubed steak, shredded chicken, or crumbled tofu.

Can nachos be healthy?

They totally can! I wouldn't call these particular nachos healthy, but if you're looking for an alternative, we've got options! Check out these Zucchini Nachos, Bell Pepper Nachos, or Cauliflower Nachos&mdashthey're all great substitutes! PLUS you're getting a hefty serving of veggies. Win/win!

Are nachos fried or baked?

Nachos are baked, but the corn chips used in them are usually fried. (Unless you go the healthy route, like the recipes above.)

Do you put salsa on nachos before cooking?

We wouldn't recommend it! Any ingredients you want to retain freshness and crunch should be added after the nachos go into the oven. We're talking herbs, greens, tomatoes, fresh salsas , avocado, and guacamole&mdashnone of these things are good warm.

What kind of cheese is used with nachos?

We're big fans of Monterey Jack and cheddar, but your options are limitless. Just make sure it melts! (The exception is cotija, a hard Mexican cow's milk cheese which can be added after the nachos bake!)

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

Editor's Note: This introduction to this recipe was updated on 7/21/20 to include more information about the dish. The recipe title was also changed.


Nachos Supreme

Nachos have been canonized in Mexican, Tex-Mex and American cuisine. But few people know the origins game day food (or Oscar day. or Tuesday) staple! In 1943, some wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass, Texas, were on a shopping trip in the bordering city of Piedras Negras, Mexico. They stopped at the Victory Club for a bite to eat,but the restaurant had closed for the day. Not wanting to disappoint his customers, maître d', Ignacio "El Nacho" Anaya, was determined to whip something up for them. He made due with what was left in the kitchen: tortillas, cheese and pickled jalapeño. He cut and fried the tortillas into chips, covered them with the cheese and jalapeño and served what would go on to be called "Nacho's especiales".

Since this fateful day the popularity of nachos has exploded and you can now find variations in the kitchens of homes and restaurants all over the world. This recipe is one of our favorites. Its foolproof and sure to be delicious, but feel free to mix and match with your favorite ingredients. More questions? Check out answers below to the Internet's most frequently asked nacho questions.

What are some toppings for nachos?

We've got a pretty impressive amount of toppings in this recipe! If you're looking for more options, try some of these: guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, grilled corn, pinto beans, black olives, fresh jalapeño slices, pickled red onions, cubed steak, shredded chicken, or crumbled tofu.

Can nachos be healthy?

They totally can! I wouldn't call these particular nachos healthy, but if you're looking for an alternative, we've got options! Check out these Zucchini Nachos, Bell Pepper Nachos, or Cauliflower Nachos&mdashthey're all great substitutes! PLUS you're getting a hefty serving of veggies. Win/win!

Are nachos fried or baked?

Nachos are baked, but the corn chips used in them are usually fried. (Unless you go the healthy route, like the recipes above.)

Do you put salsa on nachos before cooking?

We wouldn't recommend it! Any ingredients you want to retain freshness and crunch should be added after the nachos go into the oven. We're talking herbs, greens, tomatoes, fresh salsas , avocado, and guacamole&mdashnone of these things are good warm.

What kind of cheese is used with nachos?

We're big fans of Monterey Jack and cheddar, but your options are limitless. Just make sure it melts! (The exception is cotija, a hard Mexican cow's milk cheese which can be added after the nachos bake!)

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

Editor's Note: This introduction to this recipe was updated on 7/21/20 to include more information about the dish. The recipe title was also changed.


Nachos Supreme

Nachos have been canonized in Mexican, Tex-Mex and American cuisine. But few people know the origins game day food (or Oscar day. or Tuesday) staple! In 1943, some wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass, Texas, were on a shopping trip in the bordering city of Piedras Negras, Mexico. They stopped at the Victory Club for a bite to eat,but the restaurant had closed for the day. Not wanting to disappoint his customers, maître d', Ignacio "El Nacho" Anaya, was determined to whip something up for them. He made due with what was left in the kitchen: tortillas, cheese and pickled jalapeño. He cut and fried the tortillas into chips, covered them with the cheese and jalapeño and served what would go on to be called "Nacho's especiales".

Since this fateful day the popularity of nachos has exploded and you can now find variations in the kitchens of homes and restaurants all over the world. This recipe is one of our favorites. Its foolproof and sure to be delicious, but feel free to mix and match with your favorite ingredients. More questions? Check out answers below to the Internet's most frequently asked nacho questions.

What are some toppings for nachos?

We've got a pretty impressive amount of toppings in this recipe! If you're looking for more options, try some of these: guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, grilled corn, pinto beans, black olives, fresh jalapeño slices, pickled red onions, cubed steak, shredded chicken, or crumbled tofu.

Can nachos be healthy?

They totally can! I wouldn't call these particular nachos healthy, but if you're looking for an alternative, we've got options! Check out these Zucchini Nachos, Bell Pepper Nachos, or Cauliflower Nachos&mdashthey're all great substitutes! PLUS you're getting a hefty serving of veggies. Win/win!

Are nachos fried or baked?

Nachos are baked, but the corn chips used in them are usually fried. (Unless you go the healthy route, like the recipes above.)

Do you put salsa on nachos before cooking?

We wouldn't recommend it! Any ingredients you want to retain freshness and crunch should be added after the nachos go into the oven. We're talking herbs, greens, tomatoes, fresh salsas , avocado, and guacamole&mdashnone of these things are good warm.

What kind of cheese is used with nachos?

We're big fans of Monterey Jack and cheddar, but your options are limitless. Just make sure it melts! (The exception is cotija, a hard Mexican cow's milk cheese which can be added after the nachos bake!)

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

Editor's Note: This introduction to this recipe was updated on 7/21/20 to include more information about the dish. The recipe title was also changed.


Nachos Supreme

Nachos have been canonized in Mexican, Tex-Mex and American cuisine. But few people know the origins game day food (or Oscar day. or Tuesday) staple! In 1943, some wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass, Texas, were on a shopping trip in the bordering city of Piedras Negras, Mexico. They stopped at the Victory Club for a bite to eat,but the restaurant had closed for the day. Not wanting to disappoint his customers, maître d', Ignacio "El Nacho" Anaya, was determined to whip something up for them. He made due with what was left in the kitchen: tortillas, cheese and pickled jalapeño. He cut and fried the tortillas into chips, covered them with the cheese and jalapeño and served what would go on to be called "Nacho's especiales".

Since this fateful day the popularity of nachos has exploded and you can now find variations in the kitchens of homes and restaurants all over the world. This recipe is one of our favorites. Its foolproof and sure to be delicious, but feel free to mix and match with your favorite ingredients. More questions? Check out answers below to the Internet's most frequently asked nacho questions.

What are some toppings for nachos?

We've got a pretty impressive amount of toppings in this recipe! If you're looking for more options, try some of these: guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, grilled corn, pinto beans, black olives, fresh jalapeño slices, pickled red onions, cubed steak, shredded chicken, or crumbled tofu.

Can nachos be healthy?

They totally can! I wouldn't call these particular nachos healthy, but if you're looking for an alternative, we've got options! Check out these Zucchini Nachos, Bell Pepper Nachos, or Cauliflower Nachos&mdashthey're all great substitutes! PLUS you're getting a hefty serving of veggies. Win/win!

Are nachos fried or baked?

Nachos are baked, but the corn chips used in them are usually fried. (Unless you go the healthy route, like the recipes above.)

Do you put salsa on nachos before cooking?

We wouldn't recommend it! Any ingredients you want to retain freshness and crunch should be added after the nachos go into the oven. We're talking herbs, greens, tomatoes, fresh salsas , avocado, and guacamole&mdashnone of these things are good warm.

What kind of cheese is used with nachos?

We're big fans of Monterey Jack and cheddar, but your options are limitless. Just make sure it melts! (The exception is cotija, a hard Mexican cow's milk cheese which can be added after the nachos bake!)

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

Editor's Note: This introduction to this recipe was updated on 7/21/20 to include more information about the dish. The recipe title was also changed.


Nachos Supreme

Nachos have been canonized in Mexican, Tex-Mex and American cuisine. But few people know the origins game day food (or Oscar day. or Tuesday) staple! In 1943, some wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass, Texas, were on a shopping trip in the bordering city of Piedras Negras, Mexico. They stopped at the Victory Club for a bite to eat,but the restaurant had closed for the day. Not wanting to disappoint his customers, maître d', Ignacio "El Nacho" Anaya, was determined to whip something up for them. He made due with what was left in the kitchen: tortillas, cheese and pickled jalapeño. He cut and fried the tortillas into chips, covered them with the cheese and jalapeño and served what would go on to be called "Nacho's especiales".

Since this fateful day the popularity of nachos has exploded and you can now find variations in the kitchens of homes and restaurants all over the world. This recipe is one of our favorites. Its foolproof and sure to be delicious, but feel free to mix and match with your favorite ingredients. More questions? Check out answers below to the Internet's most frequently asked nacho questions.

What are some toppings for nachos?

We've got a pretty impressive amount of toppings in this recipe! If you're looking for more options, try some of these: guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, grilled corn, pinto beans, black olives, fresh jalapeño slices, pickled red onions, cubed steak, shredded chicken, or crumbled tofu.

Can nachos be healthy?

They totally can! I wouldn't call these particular nachos healthy, but if you're looking for an alternative, we've got options! Check out these Zucchini Nachos, Bell Pepper Nachos, or Cauliflower Nachos&mdashthey're all great substitutes! PLUS you're getting a hefty serving of veggies. Win/win!

Are nachos fried or baked?

Nachos are baked, but the corn chips used in them are usually fried. (Unless you go the healthy route, like the recipes above.)

Do you put salsa on nachos before cooking?

We wouldn't recommend it! Any ingredients you want to retain freshness and crunch should be added after the nachos go into the oven. We're talking herbs, greens, tomatoes, fresh salsas , avocado, and guacamole&mdashnone of these things are good warm.

What kind of cheese is used with nachos?

We're big fans of Monterey Jack and cheddar, but your options are limitless. Just make sure it melts! (The exception is cotija, a hard Mexican cow's milk cheese which can be added after the nachos bake!)

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

Editor's Note: This introduction to this recipe was updated on 7/21/20 to include more information about the dish. The recipe title was also changed.


Nachos Supreme

Nachos have been canonized in Mexican, Tex-Mex and American cuisine. But few people know the origins game day food (or Oscar day. or Tuesday) staple! In 1943, some wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass, Texas, were on a shopping trip in the bordering city of Piedras Negras, Mexico. They stopped at the Victory Club for a bite to eat,but the restaurant had closed for the day. Not wanting to disappoint his customers, maître d', Ignacio "El Nacho" Anaya, was determined to whip something up for them. He made due with what was left in the kitchen: tortillas, cheese and pickled jalapeño. He cut and fried the tortillas into chips, covered them with the cheese and jalapeño and served what would go on to be called "Nacho's especiales".

Since this fateful day the popularity of nachos has exploded and you can now find variations in the kitchens of homes and restaurants all over the world. This recipe is one of our favorites. Its foolproof and sure to be delicious, but feel free to mix and match with your favorite ingredients. More questions? Check out answers below to the Internet's most frequently asked nacho questions.

What are some toppings for nachos?

We've got a pretty impressive amount of toppings in this recipe! If you're looking for more options, try some of these: guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, grilled corn, pinto beans, black olives, fresh jalapeño slices, pickled red onions, cubed steak, shredded chicken, or crumbled tofu.

Can nachos be healthy?

They totally can! I wouldn't call these particular nachos healthy, but if you're looking for an alternative, we've got options! Check out these Zucchini Nachos, Bell Pepper Nachos, or Cauliflower Nachos&mdashthey're all great substitutes! PLUS you're getting a hefty serving of veggies. Win/win!

Are nachos fried or baked?

Nachos are baked, but the corn chips used in them are usually fried. (Unless you go the healthy route, like the recipes above.)

Do you put salsa on nachos before cooking?

We wouldn't recommend it! Any ingredients you want to retain freshness and crunch should be added after the nachos go into the oven. We're talking herbs, greens, tomatoes, fresh salsas , avocado, and guacamole&mdashnone of these things are good warm.

What kind of cheese is used with nachos?

We're big fans of Monterey Jack and cheddar, but your options are limitless. Just make sure it melts! (The exception is cotija, a hard Mexican cow's milk cheese which can be added after the nachos bake!)

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

Editor's Note: This introduction to this recipe was updated on 7/21/20 to include more information about the dish. The recipe title was also changed.


Nachos Supreme

Nachos have been canonized in Mexican, Tex-Mex and American cuisine. But few people know the origins game day food (or Oscar day. or Tuesday) staple! In 1943, some wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass, Texas, were on a shopping trip in the bordering city of Piedras Negras, Mexico. They stopped at the Victory Club for a bite to eat,but the restaurant had closed for the day. Not wanting to disappoint his customers, maître d', Ignacio "El Nacho" Anaya, was determined to whip something up for them. He made due with what was left in the kitchen: tortillas, cheese and pickled jalapeño. He cut and fried the tortillas into chips, covered them with the cheese and jalapeño and served what would go on to be called "Nacho's especiales".

Since this fateful day the popularity of nachos has exploded and you can now find variations in the kitchens of homes and restaurants all over the world. This recipe is one of our favorites. Its foolproof and sure to be delicious, but feel free to mix and match with your favorite ingredients. More questions? Check out answers below to the Internet's most frequently asked nacho questions.

What are some toppings for nachos?

We've got a pretty impressive amount of toppings in this recipe! If you're looking for more options, try some of these: guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, grilled corn, pinto beans, black olives, fresh jalapeño slices, pickled red onions, cubed steak, shredded chicken, or crumbled tofu.

Can nachos be healthy?

They totally can! I wouldn't call these particular nachos healthy, but if you're looking for an alternative, we've got options! Check out these Zucchini Nachos, Bell Pepper Nachos, or Cauliflower Nachos&mdashthey're all great substitutes! PLUS you're getting a hefty serving of veggies. Win/win!

Are nachos fried or baked?

Nachos are baked, but the corn chips used in them are usually fried. (Unless you go the healthy route, like the recipes above.)

Do you put salsa on nachos before cooking?

We wouldn't recommend it! Any ingredients you want to retain freshness and crunch should be added after the nachos go into the oven. We're talking herbs, greens, tomatoes, fresh salsas , avocado, and guacamole&mdashnone of these things are good warm.

What kind of cheese is used with nachos?

We're big fans of Monterey Jack and cheddar, but your options are limitless. Just make sure it melts! (The exception is cotija, a hard Mexican cow's milk cheese which can be added after the nachos bake!)

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

Editor's Note: This introduction to this recipe was updated on 7/21/20 to include more information about the dish. The recipe title was also changed.


Nachos Supreme

Nachos have been canonized in Mexican, Tex-Mex and American cuisine. But few people know the origins game day food (or Oscar day. or Tuesday) staple! In 1943, some wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass, Texas, were on a shopping trip in the bordering city of Piedras Negras, Mexico. They stopped at the Victory Club for a bite to eat,but the restaurant had closed for the day. Not wanting to disappoint his customers, maître d', Ignacio "El Nacho" Anaya, was determined to whip something up for them. He made due with what was left in the kitchen: tortillas, cheese and pickled jalapeño. He cut and fried the tortillas into chips, covered them with the cheese and jalapeño and served what would go on to be called "Nacho's especiales".

Since this fateful day the popularity of nachos has exploded and you can now find variations in the kitchens of homes and restaurants all over the world. This recipe is one of our favorites. Its foolproof and sure to be delicious, but feel free to mix and match with your favorite ingredients. More questions? Check out answers below to the Internet's most frequently asked nacho questions.

What are some toppings for nachos?

We've got a pretty impressive amount of toppings in this recipe! If you're looking for more options, try some of these: guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, grilled corn, pinto beans, black olives, fresh jalapeño slices, pickled red onions, cubed steak, shredded chicken, or crumbled tofu.

Can nachos be healthy?

They totally can! I wouldn't call these particular nachos healthy, but if you're looking for an alternative, we've got options! Check out these Zucchini Nachos, Bell Pepper Nachos, or Cauliflower Nachos&mdashthey're all great substitutes! PLUS you're getting a hefty serving of veggies. Win/win!

Are nachos fried or baked?

Nachos are baked, but the corn chips used in them are usually fried. (Unless you go the healthy route, like the recipes above.)

Do you put salsa on nachos before cooking?

We wouldn't recommend it! Any ingredients you want to retain freshness and crunch should be added after the nachos go into the oven. We're talking herbs, greens, tomatoes, fresh salsas , avocado, and guacamole&mdashnone of these things are good warm.

What kind of cheese is used with nachos?

We're big fans of Monterey Jack and cheddar, but your options are limitless. Just make sure it melts! (The exception is cotija, a hard Mexican cow's milk cheese which can be added after the nachos bake!)

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

Editor's Note: This introduction to this recipe was updated on 7/21/20 to include more information about the dish. The recipe title was also changed.


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