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Bake Your Nachos, Don’t Broil Them!

With Superbowl 48 just around the corner, it seems fitting to talk about NACHOS!

Do you remember the first time you made nachos?

I remember exactly!

I was 14 and babysitting with a friend.  We had just put the kids to bed and wanted something tasty to eat, that’s when my friend said, “Let’s make nachos, they are so easy to make!”

From then on, I made nachos a lot!  I thought I was so cool with this new recipe under my belt!

When I was a kid, and up until I worked in a kitchen, I would broil my nachos (using the broiler in someone else’s house while babysitting, probably not the smartest idea! Ha).  But working in a kitchen without a broiler introduced me to baking nachos.  Yes, it takes a weeee bit longer, but the taste is totally worth it. BAKE YOUR NACHOS!

Bake your nachos, don't broil them

Here’s My Case for Baking Nachos vs. Broiling Nachos:


  • Slow and steady always tastes better.
  • When baking, the oven heats the nachos from the bottom, sides, and top.  Whereas broiling only heats the nachos from the top-down.
  • Baking nachos helps to cook the toppings – I love the toppings softened so they’re not so raw tasting. Broiling may melt the cheese, but it doesn’t cook the toppings enough – especially diced bell peppers.
  • Baking really melds the toppings into each other and the nacho chips, while broiling only melts the cheese to stick the toppings to the nachos.
  • There is less chance of burning the nachos and setting off the smoke detector when you bake vs. broil.


The next time you make nachos, try baking them in a 400°F oven!


Bake Your Nachos Tip:

  • Before you start making nachos, preheat your oven to 400°F.  That way, the oven will be ready when you’re done preparing your nachos.


What do you think?

Do you bake or broil your nachos? Let me know below!


  1. I always forget to bake. I broil & burn them then I can only eat the one or two that aren’t blackened! I will definitely bake them from now on!

  2. I’d actually never thought of baking. Always been a broiler. Time for a change on the next Nacho night.

  3. I have always baked my nachos, never thought about broiling. Guess I was doing it right.LOL