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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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: Nachos, Nachos del norte, Rio Grande Valley, Rio grande valley nachos, sports bar nachos


  • 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.