Microwave Nachos

Nachos … quick and easy … and just in time for that midnight snack!

Nachos as a midnight snack — mmm — nothin’ better. And here’s how to make those nachos super quick so you can get to munching.

Growing up in our household they were simply called chips and cheese. My mom would throw a big plate full of chips covered with shredded cheese, pop them into the microwave and it was a quick and easy snack for us kids.

So imagine my delight to learn when I got older that more could go on chips and cheese than just cheese. And they aren’t even really called chips and cheese — my mom was actually making Microwave Nachos!

Now when I make them, I add other stuff — like ground beef or chicken — but mostly I just love beans. I mix either salsa or Pico de Gallo into the beans to give them a little kick. Since I’m a wimp for heat I stay with topping them with green chilies, but feel free to throw in jalapeños if you can handle that. Top with some sour cream and guacamole and you are golden.

To make the nachos:

Prep Time 5 min
Total Time 10 min
Servings 1


  • 1 cup tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup refrigerated taco sauce with seasoned ground beef (from 18-oz container)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (1 oz)
  • Nacho toppings (shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, sliced ripe olives, sour cream and/or salsa)


    1. On microwavable heavy paper plate or regular plate, arrange tortilla chips in single layer.
    2. Top evenly with ground beef and cheese.
    3. Microwave uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 15 seconds, rotating plate once, until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted.
    4. Top with desired nacho toppings.

Using ingredients you probably already have on hand, these microwave nachos make a fun after-school snack. Let each child personalize his or her plate of nachos with favorite toppings.

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