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Kids Cook Monday: Easy Cheesy Nachos

Updated on July 31, 2017
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Cheesy nachos hot from the oven
Cheesy nachos hot from the oven | Source

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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.


Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: One tray serves 2 adults or up to 4 kids.

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.

Ingredients

  • Corn chips
  • Cheese (Mozzarella or Cheddar), shredded


Options

  • Olives
  • Salsa
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Ground meat, browned
  • Chicken, cooked and shredded
  • Jalapeños

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Lay a foundation of corn chips and then add your favourite ingredients on top.  Fresh is always best!Add shredded cheese for yummy gooey-ness!Another layer of corn chips will help balance out the middle layer of ingredients, plus make the nachos go further.Top it all off with more shredded cheese and pop in the oven.
Lay a foundation of corn chips and then add your favourite ingredients on top.  Fresh is always best!
Lay a foundation of corn chips and then add your favourite ingredients on top. Fresh is always best! | Source
Add shredded cheese for yummy gooey-ness!
Add shredded cheese for yummy gooey-ness! | Source
Another layer of corn chips will help balance out the middle layer of ingredients, plus make the nachos go further.
Another layer of corn chips will help balance out the middle layer of ingredients, plus make the nachos go further. | Source
Top it all off with more shredded cheese and pop in the oven.
Top it all off with more shredded cheese and pop in the oven. | Source

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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