These nachos are so good they are definitely not’cho’s!!!!! Unless you make them yourself…
Bacon jalapeno poppers are one of those musts when you talk about chiles. Especially because it gets the grill going and it’s a simple bite that gets your shindig off to a spicy start. When I have get together’s, I love when everyone congregates in one space, the patio, the kitchen, the grill, the tv room etc., it’s really awesome to have one area for everyone to snack and chat with each other. I really like having big plates of appetizers and nibbles for everyone to eat while they are wandering around the space.
Nachos are the perfect snacking food for a large group. It always tends to become a conversation topic anyways. I don’t think everyone likes their nachos exactly the same – lots of cheese, less toppings, extra heat – you get the point. Well, what if you could combine two of those tasty treats into one?
That is how I came up with this recipe, Bacon Jalapeno Popper Nachos. If you can imagine the perfect bite, spicy roasted jalapeno slices and crispy bacon sit atop creamy cheddar cheese sauce that is delivered to your mouth by tortilla chip. It really is the same bite you get with a bacon jalapeno popper with an extra level of crunch.
Randomly I had decided to make these nachos for dinner one night, and my dad had been craving nachos since eating at an authentic Mexican place the previous day. I think I succeeded in squelching his craving, even though it had a unique twist to the thought. After I made the amazingly creamy cheese sauce, I took the pictures for my blog. My sister’s boyfriend lent a hand in doing some amazing cheese pouring pictures.
I set up the shot and had the hot cheese sauce poised in Patrick’s hand, ready in a big spoon to pour over the bowl of chips. I said ‘go!’ and started clicking away. After about twenty continuous shots of cheese being poured I lowered the camera and he placed the spoon back in the pot. When we both glanced up, we started laughing hysterically! About 99% of the cheese sauce had ended up on the side of the dish rather than the middle. It was a bit lopsided.
All in all our lopsided cheese poured nachos were tasty and reminded us of the grilled bacon jalapeno poppers we all love.
- 5 fresh jalapenos
- 1 pound shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup milk, or as needed
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- Dash cayenne pepper
- 1 pound bacon, cooked and chopped
- 12 (1 large bag) ounces tortilla chips
- Put the jalapenos on a hot grill and roast on all sides to char. Remove and let cool. Peel off skin and slice into jalapeno rounds. Set aside.
- In a stock pot over low heat, mix cheese, milk, butter, cumin, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Heat for 5 to 10 minutes stirring until smooth and melted. Remove from heat.
- Pour cheese sauce over chips and top with jalapenos and bacon.