Kids Cook Monday: Easy Cheesy Nachos
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Cooking With Kids
Need a quick recipe that young children will enjoy? Nachos could be the answer you’re looking for. This Easy Cheesy Nacho recipe can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make it. Best of all, it is easily customized to your child’s skill level and palate.
Before You Start
You will need:
- 9 inch pie tin
- Knife and cutting board
- Cheese grater
- Forks and/or spoons to scoop ingredients out of jars.
Your Child(ren)’s Participation
Younger kids can:
- Shred the cheese;
- Put the nacho ingredients in the pan
Older kids can:
- Brown the meat, if being used;
- Chop ingredients;
- Create the nacho dish;
- Bake the nachos.
- Corn chips
- Cheese (Mozzarella or Cheddar), shredded
- Ground meat, browned
- Chicken, cooked and shredded
Note About Salsa
Salsa is ideal for a super quick and easy recipe, especially for a young child. Be sure to strain the salsa before being put on the corn chips, otherwise it will make the chips soggy during baking.
For a healthier variation of nachos, use diced tomatoes and finely sliced green onions instead of salsa.
Bringing it Together
The first step is to place a layer of corn chips on the bottom of an oven safe pan or tray. From there, your child can have fun exploring his/her culinary creativity.
→ Add any combination of ingredients on top of the chips, except for the cheese;
→ Add a layer of shredded cheese;
→ Lay down another layer of corn chips;
→ Add a top layer of shredded cheese.
→ Bake at 450 F for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
→ Remove from oven and enjoy! (Careful! The cheese is gooey HOT!)
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