How To: Build the Perfect Nachos
“If you build it, they will come.” The most epic nacho platter, that is. We are breaking down how to craft the perfect nachos with El Segundo Sol’s Executive Chef/ Partner Terry Lynch, a nacho connoisseur. We also are listing some of the most amazing nachos throughout Lettuce restaurants that you can chow down on.
Let’s start with a little nacho 101. Did you know…
That nachos aren’t really a traditional Mexican dish? That’s right, they are considered more Tex-Mex. This Tex-Mex tradition has us drooling, so let’s start cooking. When creating the perfect nachos, Chef Lynch suggests starting from the bottom up. Here are the basic nacho components:
First the chips.
They’ve got to be fresh. They’ve got to be corn; and they’ve got to add a crunch.
Then the cheese.
The cheese has to be melty. The Segundo Nachos are a mix of Mexican cheeses: Mexican Jack, Mexican Manchego, Queso Panela. In a perfect world, you would end up with some cheese on every chip.
Onto the chiles.
My pick would be serrano but I also love the smoke of chipotles so some chipotle en adobo smashed on your nachos would be awesome. Jalapeños are also a great option.
How about some protein?
If you definitely want protein, grilled steak is truly the best. You can also do slow-braised pork on top.
Don’t forget the guac.
Guacamole is probably one of the most instrumental condiments that separates the good nachos from the awesome.
Craving nachos yet? Here are some of our favorite nachos that you should get into ASAP.
Bub City: BBQ Nachos – House-fried corn tortillas with atomic cheese sauce and guacamole. Add pulled pork, BBQ chicken and smoked brisket.
El Segundo Sol: Segundo Nachos Piled High – A mix of Mexican cheeses (Mexican Jack, Mexican Manchego, Queso Panela), Pico de Gallo, sour cream from Mexico, house-made guacamole and topped with fresh chiles and cilantro
Tallboy Taco: Spicy Chicken Fiesta Nachos – pico de gallo, serrano, pepper jack cheese, sour cream, beer queso, avocado, cilantro
R.J. Grunts: Buffalo Chicken Nachos – Corn tortilla chips covered with chopped buffalo chicken, two melted cheeses, lettuce, tomato and zesty ranch sauce
Tokio Pub: Barbecue-Braised Pork Nachos – House-made chips, fresh cilantro, barbecue sauce, roasted tomato salsa, sour cream, and guacamole