Original Nachos

- Countless restaurants claim credit for this dish along the Texas-Mexico border. Whoever it was we thank them! This dish has been around for well over 70 years. Just like then, we love them now, a great party platter or simply as an appetizer.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Keyword Nachos, Nachos del norte, Rio Grande Valley, Rio grande valley nachos, sports bar nachos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 5 oz tortilla chips
  • 1 cup Refried Beans * warm
  • 6 oz Cheddar, monterey jack, or asadero cheese, or a combination of two of the three cheeses grated
  • 2-3 ea Jalapenos minced or sliced pickled jalapenos
  • 1 cup Pico de Gallo Optional
  • 1 Border Escabeche Optional
  • 1 Guacamole Optional


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Spread each chip with a thin layer of beans.
  • Place the chips on a heatproof baking dish or platter.
  • Top the chips with equal portions of the cheese and sprinkle jalapenos overall.
  • Bake the nachos for about 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese is melted and a little bubbly.
  • Serve the nachos immediately, accompanied, if you wish, with pico de gallo, escabeche, guacamole, or all three.


Credit:Jamison, Cheryl Alters., and Bill Jamison. The Border Cookbook: Authentic Home Cooking of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. Harvard Common Press, 1995.