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It's FOOTBALL SEASON! I love my boys of summer and baseball, but there's something to be said for football. When I was a kid, we weren't a big sports family, but I do remember how my dad always went all out with the snacks for big games. And one of his specialties was nachos. He would pile them high and put them under the broiler in the kitchen, until the cheese was ooey gooey and delicious.
What I've done is taken that classic party food, nachos, and made a tailgate friendly version. With a little bit of advance preparation and a cast iron skillet, you too can make these nachos in a stadium parking lot near you!
When I say “advance preparation,” there's one specific thing I'm talking about: making my King of Flavor chips to serve as the base for your nachos. What do you do? It's infusing the delicious spice of El Yucateco Red Habanero Hot Sauce onto each and every chip in your nachos.
They're easy, but you'll need to do this part ahead of time; in the morning before you leave is fine; they cool quickly, so you don't need to leave a ton of time for these.
Once you get to your tailgating site, it's time to prep the nachos! Get all of your ingredients out and start layering! I used a layer of non-sauced chips at the bottom of the pan, in case they burned or got stuck, I didn't want to waste that lovely flavor!
The great thing about cooking with cast iron is that you can basically do anything to it, including put it on the grill, so it's the perfect vessel for grilled nachos. Build a smallish fire in the grill; you're reheating more than anything else, so you don't need it to be roaring.
Be sure to close the lid and let it go for about 10 minutes; the grill gives an amazing smokiness to the nachos, and then with the kick of El Yucateco on every chip, the amount of flavor in this one pan is mindblowing.
Once you take the nachos of the grill (Careful! Hot pan!) you can add the finishing touches; we added some fresh pico de gallo and sour cream to finish off ours.
El Yucateco Red Habanero has less vinegar than other hot sauces, so it's more of a pure pepper flavor, so you don't need a ton to pack a punch. Having it there under every bite of these nachos meant that there were none of those sad nachos that you normally find, those lonely chips with no goodness that are always left behind. King of Flavor means there's a kick in every bite.