Microwave Nachos for One Recipe

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Gooey microwaved nachos go from zero to delicious in a couple of minutes. J. Kenji López-Alt

Why It Works

  • Microwaving the chips on their own before adding the toppings toasts them, developing and improving their corn flavor.
  • Because of its high water content, cheese melts very easily in the microwave.

The microwave is a highly underrated tool for nacho construction. Contrary to popular opinion, the microwave will not make chips soggy and is excellent at melting cheese efficiently.

Recipe Facts

4.8

(5)

Active: 1 min
Total: 2 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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Ingredients

  • 12 hearty corn chips

  • 1/4 cup refried beans (optional) (about 2.5 ounces; 70g)

  • 2 to 4 ounces (55 to 110g) grated Longhorn, Colby, jack, cheddar, or Oaxaca cheese

  • 12 pickled jalapeno slices

Directions

  1. Place chips on a microwave-safe plate in a single layer. Microwave on high power until they smell nice and toasty, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from microwave and top each chip with 1 teaspoon of beans, a little shredded cheese, and a jalapeño slice. Return to microwave and cook for 30 seconds. Continue to cook in 15-second intervals until all the cheese is melted and bubbly. Eat and repeat as necessary.

Special equipment

Microwave

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
452 Calories
31g Fat
30g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 452
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 4927mg 214%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 26mg 132%
Calcium 502mg 39%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 593mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)