Nacho Bites

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Nacho Bites-10Nachos are my weakness when they’re on the appetizer menu. More often than not, when they’re brought to the table, the chips are buried under a blanket of beans and cheese (no complaints there), but are only topped with a handful of jalapeños, and a dollop each of salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. I find myself scrimping and saving the dollops, using only a teeny corner of each chip to scoop each topping so that I’ll have enough topping for every chip. The dining experience becomes reminiscent of an anxiety-ridden process as I compulsively try to prevent a plate left with chips covered with a cheesy bean dip. I’m not dramatic at all, I just NEED my toppings!

Nacho Bites-8There has to be a way to enjoy a healthy helping of toppings down to the last chip. As stated by Charles-Guillaume Étienne, “If you want something done right, do it yourself”. Simply adding more scoops of toppings was not going to be good enough. The chips could turn out soggy and there was still no way to tell if the chips-to-topping ratio would be perfect. Enter individual nacho portions aka nacho bites. Each bite is loaded with my favorite nacho toppings and can be completely customizable so that you can have your nachos the way you like them with every bite! Away with just shy of hoarding toppings until the end.  Enjoy your toppings to their fullest!

Nacho Bites-9Begin with laying out your favorite kind of Tostitos Scoops! on a rimmed baking sheet, lined with parchment paper or Silpat (I forgot to do this and paid by scrubbing continuously for 10 minutes).

Nacho Bites-1Add a spoonful of refried beans to each cup.

Nacho Bites-2Top with a generous sprinkling of Mexican-style shredded cheese blend.

Nacho Bites-3Warm in the oven for 7 minutes.

Nacho Bites-4Add a scoop of my pico de gallo.

Nacho Bites-5Top with sour cream and jalapeño slices.

Problem solved :)

Nacho Bites-7

Nacho Bites
Yields 24 bites
  1. 1 bag of Tostico Scoops!
  2. 1 can (16 oz.) Refried Beans
  3. 1 package (7 oz.) Mexican-style Shredded Cheese Blend
  4. Pico de Gallo (link in post)
  5. 8 oz. Sour Cream
  6. 1 jar (12 oz.) Pickled Jalapeños Slices
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.
  3. Separate the Scoops! and lay out on the baking sheet, about 1/2 inch apart.
  4. Top each cup with a spoonful of refried beans, followed by the cheese.
  5. Toast in the oven for about 7 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  6. Top each cup with pico de gallo, sour cream, and jalapeño slices.
The PKP Way
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