Let's face it – you can put absolutely anything on your nachos, which is why so many of us share a passion for the Mexican invention. They're moreish, flavoursome and great for sharing with a group of buds and beers. Perfect for lunch, as a side or a main meal, the wide range of toppings you can pair with your nachos means they just never get old.
While there are many variations on the dish, we've got a soft spot for Nachos Tex Mex from VIPS. Their deconstructed nachos are simple, but still so indulgent.
Who'd have thought that one of the world's most well-known dishes would've been the result of culinary improvisation? In the 1940s, a savvy chef – Ignacio 'Nacho' Anaya – at a restaurant in Piedras Negras, Mexico was faced with a predicament. A group of customers arrived after closing time, and there were only tortilla chips and cheese in the cupboard. While all of us have created a last-minute meal from the remnants of our fridge, it's not on the same level as the now globally beloved nachos.
Fashioning tortilla chips into triangles – a tradition that still survives today – Anaya added as much grated cheese as he could and threw on some jalapeño peppers. And so, nachos were born. The dish has since evolved, being featured on menus across the globe. The people's love for nachos runs deep – and there's even an International Nacho Festival held every year in Piedras Negras.
The chef solely responsible for the creation, 'Nacho', went on to have a thriving career in Mexican restaurants. Many of them still keep his traditional recipe on hand.
Nachos are a blank canvas when it comes to toppings. If you start with plain tortilla chips and great dips, you can't really go wrong. When you're looking for something a bit more out there, check out how the folks at VIPS get their nacho on. Their deconstructed nachos have red onion, minced chorizo, cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice all mixed into a gooey, cheesy sauce – perfect for a pyjama and movie night.
Guacamole – that incredible smash of avocado, lime juice, salt and fragrant cilantro – is our favourite way to jazz nachos up further. If you're trying to make a big meal out of your dish, think about adding re-fried beans or chunks of your favourite meat. The more toppings, the more there is to share – but we won't tell if you want to keep the nachos all to yourself.
Fancy splitting a plate of nachos, or eating a whole platter on your own? Get them at VIPS on Deliveroo.
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