Nachos are our favorite thing about Super Bowl Sunday. Okay, nachos are our favorite thing about every day, but especially when we’re looking for a dish that comes together quickly, is insanely delicious and crushes the competition when it comes to feeding a team of hungry football fans.
This Super Bowl Sunday, we’re not turning on the stove if we can help it. These No-Bake Nachos require basically zero prep – just assemble, set out on the coffee table, and let the tackling commence.
Start with a base of White Corn Tortilla Chips. Boston chef Jamie Mammano, founder of Tortilleria Mi Nina, got the recipe for them from his mother-in-law in Tijuana, Mexico, so you know they’re legit. He grinds non-GMO white corn, water and lime using hand-carved volcanic stones – a traditional labor-intensive process known as “nixtamalization.” The mixture is then pressed into tortillas, which are baked, hand-quartered and fried to make chips. They’re perfectly crunchy, with just the right sprinkling of salt to bring out the mild sweetness of the ground corn. Si, por favor.
For the salsa, we prefer Aji Pepper Salsa made by Zukali in McKinney, Texas. It’s made with aji panca, a Peruvian chile you'll want to get to know if you haven’t made its acquaintance already. It's chipotle's meek cousin – lightly smoky, slightly spicy, with a lovely fruitiness. And it looks pretty when contrasted against the Pickled Thai Basil Jalapeños we scatter all over the place, because, confession: We’re obsessed with everything that comes from Gordy's Pickle Jar. Yes, our friends Sarah and Sheila make some of the tastiest pickles around and their sliced jalapeños are no different. They’re pickled in a classic brine, brightened by the distinctive herbal, citrus notes of Thai basil. If you've been using canned jalapeños, you'll never go back. If you haven't, you owe it to yourself to have a taste.
So, about the cheese. We’re going to say this once, and then we’re going to move on and not speak of this ever again: Tostitos Smooth & Cheesy Dip. If not now, when?
Time to meet the MVP:
1. Evenly distribute dump bag of chips on a large serving platter. Spoon salsa over chips, followed by cheese dip. Finish with a scattering of jalapeños. Boom.
Now, who’s playing again?