I love a nacho. They are good any time of day, they are easy to share (but also it’s insanely easy to eat an entire pan alone,) they are crunchy, salty, cheesy, warm, and endlessly customizable. Breakfast food is my favorite food, so creating a breakfast nacho was a no-brainer.
I think that the order in which you layer nacho ingredients is crucial to getting a little bit of everything on each chip, so make sure to layer slowly.
Start by scrambling 2 or 3 eggs, however many you’d like! For this purpose, we want a more firm scramble, so it crumbles easily and doesn’t make the chips soggy.
An extra step that is unnecessary, but makes a difference, is to rinse a can of beans and warm them in a small pan on low with a little butter or olive oil, and some salt and ground cumin. I think it helps to make nachos with warm ingredients, but you do you!
Lastly, prep your bacon, ham, or sausage. Cook it how you like and chop or crumble into little bits! If you don’t eat meat, this is still so delicious without!
Move a rack in your oven close to your boiler, but not too close that your nachos will hit the heating unit.
Turn on your oven broiler, usually it automatically goes to 500 or 550 degrees Fahrenheit.
Start with a large sheet pan lined in foil (or don’t line it and spend half a day scraping cheese bits off the pan like me). Spread one single layer of your favorite tortilla chips in the pan, and sprinkle the chips with a VERY light layer of grated cheddar. To make sure I get a solid layer of chips, I like to put down a bunch of big chips, and then fill in the gaps with smaller broken chips. Cheese doesn’t do anyone any good if it falls through to the pan, you want to make sure your chips are like a puzzle or mosaic!
After your initial light layer of cheese, go for beans (I prefer whole black, but little dollops of refried beans are great too!). Then half of your crumbled or chopped meat, and half of your scrambled eggs.
Next is another layer of cheese. Then, I like to do another layer or half layer of chips. For the second layer, it doesn’t matter as much that you get all your chip holes filled, because your first layer will catch any extra drippings. Repeat your light cheese, and the remainder of your beans, meat, and eggs. Cover with your final layer of cheese, and pop it under the broiler for a few minutes until all the cheese is melted! If the top cheese is burning but the bottom cheese is not melting, move the pan to a lower rack for a few minutes. It is crucial that you do not take your eyes off your nachos while they are in the oven! They will burn in an instant, so make sure you can see it clearly through the window with the oven light on, or if your oven doesn’t have a window, keep the oven door ajar just enough that you can keep an eye on it. Feel free to rotate your pan if it is melting unevenly.
Once every piece of cheese is melted to your liking, take out your nachos and top generously with cilantro (or whatever herb you like if you are against cilantro!) and hot sauce!
I like to just put trivets down wherever I will be serving this, and eat it straight out of the pan! Enjoy!
An anytime meal or snack that always lifts the spirits!
- Tortilla chips (about 3 or 4 cups)
- 3 eggs
- 1 can of beans (Black, pinto, or refried)
- pinch of cumin and salt for the beans
- 1/2 cup breakfast meat of your choice (bacon, ham, sausage)
- 2 cups grated cheddar
- Cilantro and hot sauce for topping
- Drain and rinse beans. Put in a small pan on low heat with a pinch of cumin and a pinch of salt.
- Scramble eggs in a separate pan with a little salt and butter.
- Cook the breakfast meat of your choice.
- Arrange racks and turn oven broiler on.
- Spread chips out on a lined sheet pan, being sure to fill in as many gaps as possible with smaller chips.
- Starting from the bottom, the layers should be, chips, cheese, beans, eggs, meat, more cheese, then repeat with another layer, beginning with chips.
- Put your pan in the oven for just a few minutes, keep a close eye on it and remove when all cheese is melted.
- Top with hot sauce and cilantro, serve while warm, straight out of the pan!