Got the Munchies? Read on…

Cheesy, Crisp, Hot, Spicy, Creamy, Quick: Nachos

A new book has hit the stores from the U.S, Jonathan Santlofer‘s The Marijuana Chronicles with (we like to call her our very own ‘LetsLunch’ co-founder) author Cheryl Tan being one of the contributors. I am already half way through  (having started it a couple of days ago, thanks iBooks) and it is really GREAT reading. I am not only enthralled, but I am learning a lot!

In honour of its launch, this month’s #LetsLunch post is all about the munchies. Munchies or no munchies, what do we REALLY want to eat when we are simply hungry – no, I mean RAVENOUS – and perhaps also lacking in time and  ideas, uncaring about diet or how we will feel tomorrow. I took a survey of friends who may or may not have had the munchies over the years, and the consensus was simple and clear. NACHOS. I tell a mistruth, nachos was actually second – after coco-pops (Australian cocoa crispies)!

So here’s my very basic version of nachos, the one we used to make for dinner parties when we were first married when no-one seemed to care if dinner was 3000 calories. If you want to go fancy, you could make your own Avocado dip and spicy hot salsa. Or not.

No-time-to-wait Nachos

The snack you desperately need when all you want to do is EAT something really delicious and really fast.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Sides and Starters
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 dish


  • 1 large packet organic corn chips
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 jar salsa spicy
  • 1 tub Sour Cream
  • 1 ripe avocado mashed with lemon and salt


  • Choose a small to medium baking dish. Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F)
  • Layer corn chips, 1/4 cup cheese, 1/4 cup salsa. Repeat 2 or 3 more times, finishing with some extra cheese.
  • Place the baking dish in the oven, uncovered, and bake 20 minutes or until the cheese has all melted and the chips are just starting to brown.
  • Remove from the oven and dollop avocado and sour cream on the top. Eat. Quickly.

nachos plain

A special thanks to Rachel Q. who helped me out by making and photographing (and eating!) the dish for me this week while I am travelling. 

Let’s Lunch (#LetsLunch) is a twitter-based virtual lunch club where anyone interested can join this monthly ‘lunch date’. A topic is posted at the beginning of the month, everyone now takes it in turns, and all posts are made on the same day by this random but lovely group of food bloggers, writers and people who just love cooking from all around the world. Anyone can join at any time – just join us on twitter by searching and adding the hashtag #LetsLunch.

Here’s the long-awaited list of everyone’s #letslunch post right here:

Annabelle‘s Scallion Pancakes at Glass of Fancy

Anne Marie‘s Pepper-Stuffed Tater Tot, Fried Pickle, Cheese Whiz and Garlic Bread Burger at Sandwich Surprise

Cheryl’s Spam Fries with Key Lime at A Tiger in the Kitchen

Emma‘s Homemade Pizza Rolls at Dreaming of Pots and Pans

Grace‘s Fry Sauce, with an Asian Twist at HapaMama

Jill‘s Stone Fruit Salad at Eating My Words

Jonathan‘s Chocolate Chewy Squares at Jonathan Santlofer

Linda‘s Heavenly Hash Popcorn at Free Range Cookies

Linda‘s Sam Sifton’s Trinidadian Chinese Five Spice Chicken at Spice Box Travels

Lisa‘s No-Time-To-Wait Nachos at Monday Morning Cooking Club

Pat‘s Sausage Rolls at The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook

Rashda‘s Farm-Fresh Corn Fritters at Hot Curries & Cold Beer

Vivian‘s Spam Bacon & Kim Chi Sandwich at Vivian Pei


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  1. A Tiger in the Kitchen

    I LOVE the look of these nachos! (And I want to try Australian coco-pops now … must find a recipe.) I also love how you surveyed your friends. 🙂 Thank you for the kind words … glad you’re enjoying the book!

    1. Lisa Goldberg

      Thanks Cheryl…this recipe is a blast from the past that’s for sure. I have now finished the book and enjoyed it so much. LOVED yours!! x

  2. Annabelle

    There’s really nothing quite so satisfying as nachos when you are really craving a snack! I haven’t made nachos in ages but this has definitely given me a craving.

    1. Lisa Goldberg

      Yay, happy to hear! So will you or won’t you….

  3. Pat

    I happen to have all the ingredients in my fridge and pantry right now, guess what we’re having for dinner?!

    1. Lisa Goldberg

      Excellent!! But I bet you added something fantastic to enhance this very very simple version…

  4. Lucy

    Nachos are the ultimate munch and crunch! Love this!

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