My boyfriend and I make nachos a lot, and we tend to use the microwave... but recently, I have decided that the oven is the ultimate way to do it. The microwave gives you overcooked, rubbery cheese and lots of hot spots.
Doing it either under the broiler or in the oven gives you soft, melted cheese and everything is nice and warm.
And it takes very little time - nachos in ten minutes or less, especially if you keep prepped ingredients on hand!
Step 1: What you'll need:
plate of tortilla chips
beans or meat of choice
two handfuls shredded cheese
a broiler or oven set to 375 F
an oven safe plate
You can change this stuff up a ton! As far as the tortilla chips, I like using round ones because they're more bite-size. But we've even used doritos as tortilla chips. Sometimes I'll do refried beans, and sometimes I'll just use black beans. Shredded chicken, ground beef and chorizo are my favorites on nachos. And as far as veggies, I always use lots of red onion, fresh jalapeno, and bell pepper. Pickled jalapenos work well and give the nachos a wonderful vinegar-y kick. Cheese is up to you - we normally use cheddar because it's what we have on hand.
Step 2: Veggies!
Dice your veggies up and put them all over. I'd say I use a couple tablespoons of each. The more the better, honestly. Make sure they're distributed evenly.
Step 3: Meat or beans... or both.
Now add your proteins! I like to heat up meat or refried beans up before I put them on. It'll make the refried beans easier to deal with, and make sure the meat is nice and warm.
Step 4: Add the cheese!
I like to do at least two handfuls of cheese. Just keep going until it looks like a good amount for you.
You want it to be nicely covered, but not drowning in it.