Nachos


Nachos
Nachos (or tortilla chips) are small Tex-Mex snack triangles, often served with guacamole. Authentic nachos are made from tortillas, cut into triangles and fried, but here is a lighter, oven-baked version.

The recipe is very simple, though the cutting out is a bit of work, and I've given you 2 methods for this.
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Last modified on: November 4th 2020

For 144 pieces, you will need:

Change these quantities to make: 48 pieces 72 pieces 144 pieces 288 pieces 432 pieces

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21 min.20 min.25 min.1 hour 6 min.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 5 min.
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Put into a mixer bowl: 250 g Maize flour (masa harina), 10 g caster sugar, 15 g fine (or table) salt, 15 g chilli spices and 75 g butter.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
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Knead until the texture is "sandy".

Stage 3 - 1 min.
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Add 150 g water and continue kneading...

Stage 4 - 2 min.
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...until evenly mixed (this should only take 1 or 2 minutes).

Stage 5 - 20 min.
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Weigh out into 7 oz (200g) pieces. Roll into balls, cover with a plastic sheet and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

Stage 6
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Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C).

Cut out the nachos (classic method)

After refrigerating, place a ball of dough on a sheet of cooking parchment and shape it into a square.

Stage 7
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Lay another sheet of cooking parchment on top, then roll out with a rolling pin to just under 1/8 inch (about 2mm) thick.

Stage 8
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Take off the top sheet.

Stage 9
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Cut off the edges to leave a square about 10 x 10 inches (24 x 24 cm).

Keep the trimmings in the fridge to use up later.

Stage 10
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Use a large knife to mark out the square into 2.5 inch (6 cm) squares.

You don't need to cut right through the dough, as the nachos will cut up easily when cooked.

Stage 11 - 10 min.
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Mark each square diagonally to create triangles.

Stage 12 - 25 min.
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Bake for 25 minutes.

Stage 13
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Cut out the nachos (method without trimmings)


Cut out a 10-inch (24 cm) square of coloured paper (newspaper here). Put this on your worktop and lay a plastic sheet over it.

Stage 14
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Sit a ball of dough on the plastic sheet and press out into a rough square shape with your hand.

Stage 15
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Fold in the plastic sheet over the dough to the size of the paper square underneath, which will act as your template.

Now use a rolling pin to roll the dough to the right size, which will give you a neat square.

Stage 16
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Lay the dough on a baking sheet and freeze for 20 minutes to make it easier to remove the plastic.

Stage 17
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Gently undo the plastic sheet and transfer the dough onto a sheet of cooking parchment.

Stage 18
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Mark out as in stage 10..

Prepare all the dough like this.

Stage 19
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Bake for 20 minutes. Take out of the oven and leave to cool before separating the nachos.

Remarks

If you'd prefer more solid nachos – easier if you want to scoop up stiffer dips – use half-and-half wheat and maize flour.

Why not try different spice combinations to vary the colour and flavour of your nachos?

If you'd like "slim" nachos, mark out rectangles 2.5 x 1.5 inches (6 x 4 cm), instead of 2.5 inch squares.

Keeping:

A few days in an air-tight jar or tin.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,507 Kcal or 6,310 Kj23 gr195 gr71 gr
75 %9 %18 %11 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
293 Kcal or 1,227 Kj4 gr38 gr14 gr
15 %2 %4 %2 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
10 Kcal or 42 Kj< 1 gr1 gr< 1 gr
1 %<1 %<1 %<1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Source

Based on a recipe from Frédéric Pierrain teacher at INBP (French national bakery institute).)

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Maize flour (masa harina) Maize flour (masa harina) : You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Galette Charentaise, Cornmeal baps for Anne, ... All
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Fine (or table) saltFine (or table) salt: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Italian Meringue, African style chicken, Mixed salad stack, Classic French white bread, Hamburgers, ... All

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