Is It OK To Microwave Nachos?

Oven vs. Microwave. Let’s all scream at each other about cheese and chips for a second.

1. These are some chips covered in shredded cheese and beans. They are not nachos yet. They require a heat source.

There are many mean things one could say about these. WTF are they doing on a PLATE instead of in a deep DISH? Why isn’t there more cheese?! Those tortilla chips look crappy and dumb! More on that in another post.

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2. These are the nachos after 10 minutes in a 350-degree oven.

We used Tostitos Original.

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3. These are the nachos after two minutes in the microwave.

Same chips. Same amount of cheese.

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4. Oven nachos with toppings.

After they came out of the oven, we topped them with fresh, just-made pico de gallo (a combination of chopped onion, tomato, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, salt, lime) and sour cream.

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5. Microwave nachos with the same toppings.

The exact same toppings.

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6. Could you taste the difference, blind?

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7. Here’s what we found…

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We were shocked. There was NOT THAT HUGE of a difference. Harsh words were exchanged. Someone threw a fistful of shredded cheese. The oven nachos were undeniably better — crispier, with a cheesy golden crust that made the flavor more complex. BUT we were all surprised that the difference wasn’t more pronounced.

THE VERDICT: If you are going to top your nachos with anything substantial — like salsa, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream — and you are starving and short on time, a microwave is JUST FINE.

If you want to go the extra mile in the name of flavor and don’t give a damn about time, or if you have only cheese and chips, then use the oven.

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