So here's the thing about my Family Nacho Night--it's easy, fast, and fun. The other night I wanted to do something cool with my kidlets. My Man had to work late and sometimes dinner can feel kinda boring when he's missing. So I decided to switch it up and have a NACHO BAR! Oh, the possibilities are endless my friends . . .
The best part about a nacho bar for dinner is that you can use all your little leftovers in the fridge. Chop 'em up and just put it out there--you never know what your kidlets will put together. AND PLEASE NOTICE these are pics of our real set up. I'm sorry, but I don't have cute labels out for every different topping and no party goods to match (*wink wink). Just a real family having real dinner.
We used that big 'ol bag of chips from Costco.
And then the kidlets created their nachos how they wanted. It's a "Build Your Own Dinner" (BYOD). They loved making the choices and then just popping it in the microwave to melt the cheese. I told them they had to at least have 1-2 veggies on their plate, but other than that they could choose. (Hey, it's dinner and how can I be a true mom if I don't bug my kids about eating vegetables)
We came up with 2 favorite kinds of nachos. The ingredients are very similar, so it's simple to make both kinds in one night:
1-2 cups marinara sauce or red pizza sauce
1 cup black olives, sliced
1/2 cup bell peppers, chopped
3/4 cup pepperoni, cut into quarters (we use turkey pepperoni--it's healthier and so good!)
1/2 cup pre-cooked breakfast sausage, sliced (we use turkey sausage--again tasty and healthier)
1 cup cheese, shredded
2-4 cups of corn tortilla chips
Add toppings as desired and microwave until cheese is melted (about 1-2 mins, depending on microwave).
Our other favorite was a quick version of those Italian nachos you see at restaurants (like Carino's). They use almost the same ingredients as the Pizza Nachos, with just a few changes. So no need to chop a bunch of extra ingredients.
1-2 cups of Alfredo Sauce
(I used store bought this time, but you can try my Homemade Alfredo Sauce if you want)
1-2 cups cooked, diced, and seasoned chicken breast
(leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken works well here)
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1 cup olives, sliced
1/2 cup jalapenos, chopped -- don't leave these out if you can help it--they make it sooo good!
1-2 cups cheese
2-4 cups corn tortilla chips
Add toppings as desired to chips and microwave until cheese is melted (about 1-2 mins, depending on microwave).
And at the end we even tried a plate of nachos with EVERY TOPPING on it--including both sauces. Yeah, it was yummy too.
So, I hope this inspires you to give a boring dinner a little pizzazz and have a fun time with your family this week. Just chat and relax over a big plate of nachos.
Make it a meaningful day!
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