The Official ILoveNachoCheese.com Recipe

Officialcheese We’ve posted various recipes. We’ve conducted taste tests. We’ve delivered the very best nacho cheese related news anywhere on the Internet. Now, we’re going to contribute something truly original to the nacho cheese community – An official recipe. A couple weekends were spent in the kitchen creating literally dozens of different nacho cheese sauce variations. We experimented with ingredients and tweaked quantities until we came up with something we were proud to share. In the end, we settled on this original recipe and hope you like it as much as we do. After all, we created it for you! So give it a try and let us know what you think.

 

 

 

The Official ILoveNachoCheese.com Recipe

Serving Size: Enough for one bowl of nachos (1-2 persons)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 oz. cream cheese
  • cubed 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • shredded 1/8 cup monterey jack
  • shredded 1/2 tsp. Busha Browne’s Pukka Hot Pepper Sauce. (Any habanero/scotch bonnet pepper sauce will do. We recommend anything with a “use with discretion” warning on the bottle.)
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika

Directions:

In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, melt butter and stir in corn starch. TIP:  mix the corn starch powder in a tiny bit of cold water before adding to the hot saucepan.  Pour in the milk, add cream cheese, and continue to stir until mixture is fully incorporated.  TIP:  whole milk will produce a thicker cheese sauce. 

While stirring mix in cheddar and jack cheeses, chili powder, paprika, and hot pepper sauce. Continue to stir until cheese has melted and all ingredients are well blended. Pour over tortilla chips.

Two MIT Students, Cheese, and a Dream

Story suggestion by: Mitch S. Email us a story.

FountainA reader recently sent in this picture and suggested we write a story about it. Not content with simply commenting on a photo, we were compelled to venture to the source. We wanted to find the person responsible for such a glorious handcrafted piece of cheesy machinery. Our search lead us to Chris Vogt and Schuyler Senft-Grupp – two Electrical Engineering and Environmental Engineering alums from MIT. Chris gives Schuyler credit for coming up with the idea after watching the movie Talladega Nights and recounts that, after it was suggested, they were both “on a mission from the Nacho Gods” to create “the beast.”

The next four hours were spent at Home Depot looking for supplies. 4 gallons of water, 6 feet of copper tube, 1 plumbers torch, 4 hose clamps, 4 plastic bowls, 1 aluminum water heater drip pan, 1 emergency drill pump, 1 power drill, various PVC bits, some string, 2 heating plates, a wooden spoon, several bags of chips, and 6 gallons of cheese later, they were ready to begin. If you think this is beginning to sound like a MasterCard commercial, you’re absolutely right. Because after 6 hours over 3 days, what these two visionaries created was “priceless.”

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Trader Joe’s Queso Cheese Dip

trader-joes-queso-cheese-dipI’ve recently tried the Trader Joe’s Queso Cheese Dip for a second time.  The first time around I wasn’t a fan, so I wanted to give it another shot a few months later.  It shockingly had no resemblance to what I had expected in nacho queso, completely different from other queso dip’s I’ve had.  The taste was far bolder than I wanted in a dip and had a slightly overwhelming taste.  I didn’t like it.

Curious about what the rest of the nacho cheese loving world thought of this dip, I did a quick Google search.  All positive reviews.  In my opinion, these other reviews are off-base.  I won’t be purchasing this dip a third time.

Thieves Steal Truck…But they Left the Nacho Cheese…?

Nacho-cheese-theft It seems crazy to me, with the economy so far down in the tank, that modern day thieves would steal a tractor trailer but leave the invaluable nacho cheese stowed inside.

That's exactly what happened in San Antonio.

Read the full news story here: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/07/31/Semis-carrying-turkey-and-cheese-stolen/UPI-20551312153196/?spt=hs&or=on

I know, how could they take electronics but leave the nacho cheese?  Didn't they realize that they'd probably want all that cheese to enjoy while watching the brand new TV's they'd just stolen?

Dumb criminals.

 

Williams Sonoma – Nachos Grill Plate

williams sonoma nacho plateI received this BBQ grill plate from WIlliams Sonoma as a gift late last year, and I finally got around to using it.  This grill plate works best on the BBQ and it can be used for anything you want to keep hot (ie fajitas, nachos, etc).

Here’s the link to the grill plate on william-sonoma.com:

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/1926021/

Long story short, the nachos turned out great.  The photo is coming soon.

[UPDATED Sept-2012]

I’ve used this a few times now and I’d still recommend it.  While it’s certainly good at making nachos, it’s also good at cooking/serving sizzling fajitas.  Warning:  just be careful — the grill plate gets (and stays) very hot.

[UPDATED Aug-2013]

Still using this and it’s been holding up great.  I have some discoloring of the metal due to burnt cheese and just overall use on the BBQ, but that’s the be expected with anything that cooks food.  The metal itself is sturdy, no warping or any issues.

 

Nacho Cheese as a Scare Tactic?

NachowatchI’m a big fan of reading police logs in newspapers.  Why?  It’s intriguing for some reason to know what the criminal world is up to.  Plus, I always end up finding some random act of criminal behavior that completely baffles me.

The city of Redding, California recently had a run in with nacho cheese in their police logs.

From the Redding News:

The words, "I’m sitting in the grass," were written backward in nacho cheese on the window of a residence in the 1600 block of Pleasant Street.

Since when has nacho cheese been a scare tactic?   After reading this police log, I’m left with a question.  What’s more scary…a vandal writing on a window or a vandal writing on a window using NACHO CHEESE!

What Do Pregnant Women Crave?

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What is the #1 food item is that women crave while pregnant?

You guessed it, nachos!  According to these 40 Interesting Facts, it’s true, women crave nachos more than anything else.

But are Nachos safe to eat when you’re pregnant?  Before all you pregnant women decide to raid your local 7-11 and pack your minivan full of pounds of chips and gallons of nacho cheese, you may want to read this warning.

“Women may want to think twice about ordering those nachos the next time they’re out. A new study from Harvard University has found that eating a lot of corn tortillas during pregnancy could be linked to an increased risk of birth defects.”

Source: http://www.pregnancy-info.net/in_the_news111.html

Nacho Cheese Test Lab #2

Test suggestion by: Amu H. Email us a story.

TestlabIf you’re like us, you’ve spent countless nights laying awake thinking about if there are other applications nacho cheese is suitable for aside from consumption. It was that singular introspection that innitiated us to create a test lab specifically focused on answering these questions. Our first test explored the question: Can nacho cheese be used to hold a picture frame?

Up next… Some believe that eating a bit of cheddar at the end of a meal helps protect teeth by stimulating the production of cleansing saliva and help harden teeth because of the calcium. We’ve taken that theory to the next level: Can nacho cheese be used as a toothpaste and mouthwash?

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How Many Nachos Would It Take To…

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Dead_nachos

Have you ever wondered how many orders of Taco Bell nachos it would take to fulfill your daily recommended amount of Vitamin C? Well we have, and thanks to the Taco Bell Nutrition Calculator over at www.yum.com, we have your answer.

What do you think it is?

Click here to find out.

 

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Only a True Nacho Cheese Lover Would Go This Far

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You may be surprised to learn that I’m not the owner of this license plate, nor are any of the other authors here at ILoveNachoCheese.com. 

In fact, no one in California has snatched up this gem of a plate!  When I visited the Department of Motor Vehicles site in California, I was shocked to find that to this date, no nacho lover out there has purchased this personalized license plate.

Now that you all know, will someone grab it up before I do?  Whether I get it or not, this is possibly the BEST personalized plate I’ve ever seen (if you’ve seen one cooler, let us know)

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Should Fondue be Considered Nacho Cheese?

FondueI’m going to pose a question that has come up during some casual conversations with friends of mine.

Can fondue be considered nacho cheese? 

I argue no and here’s why…

To me, nacho cheese in its simplest form is not an elegant food that the "aristocrats" of society would proclaim to enjoy.  Fondue is the opposite.  Going further, the history of nachos dates back to 1943.  You can read the full story here, but to make a long story short, it wasn’t until 1977 when nachos were brought to Arlington Stadium in Texas that the popularity of nacho cheese exploded.  Can you see people eating fondue at a ball-game?  Heck no!

My point is this…Fondue is not nacho cheese, it’s melted "wannabe" nacho cheese at best.

Post your comments, do you agree with me or disagree?

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Join Team ILoveNachoCheese and Fight Disease

FoldingathomeStanford’s Folding@Home project began four years ago to test algorithms designed to show how potential drugs will bind to proteins in the body. Since diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are caused by protein malfunctions, scientists believe the project will reveal what type of drugs could fight these diseases.

Sony just debuted the Folding@Home client for the PLAYSTATION 3, and we’ve just created “Team ILoveNachoCheese” [TEAM# 59160] to help aid the fight. We encourage all our readers with a PS3 to join our team. The nacho cheese loving community must unite!

To join, simply run the client on your PLAYSTATION 3, press the TRIANGLE button to open the options menu. Choose “Identity” and then select “Join an Existing Team.” Last but not least, Input Team# 59160. Voila! You’re done. The PS3 client even allows you to keep track of team statistics and ranks what team members are contributing the most.

Click here to watch a video about the project.

 

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Gagfilms.com Presents: The Nacho Newsreel

NewsreelBack in February we introduced the world to a true nacho loving hero – Dane Boedigheimer. Dane runs the site Gagfilms.com and was the brainchild behind the classic one-minute breakfast cereal commercial spoof, Nacho Blasters. Being a fan of our site, he generously produced a custom video just for us! Once again, Dane proves that he knows comedy. Unlike other homemade videos that generally suck, his latest offering does not suck.

Nacho News Reel

Beavis and Butthead Were Nacho Lovers

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If you were at least 14 years old between the years 1993 and 1997 then you definitely remember Beavis and Butthead.  These two high school students loved to watch music videos, hang out at the mall, try to "score with chicks", and most importantly eat nachos.

Nachos were actually eaten by Beavis and Butthead so much that a t-shirt was made and sold to fans all over.  But wait…

You can actually still purchase this t-shirt from Amazon.  Unfortunately they only have XX-Large… but then again if we think of who is actually going to buy this shirt, it makes sense.

Fact or Fiction: Is Nacho Cheese Bad for You?

Kraft_2 The public perception is that all nacho cheese is bad for you.  Determined to uncover the truth in the matter, I felt inclined to investigate the nutritional data for three readily available nacho cheese products found at my local Safeway grocery store. 

Specifically, I wanted to directly compare the sauce-type nacho cheese with grated cheese that comes from a bag (as seen in the picture).

Here’s the three products I compared:

  • Frito Lay (sauce cheese in a jar)
  • Tostitos (sauce cheese in a jar)
  • Kraft Mexican Cheese (regular grated style cheese in a bag)

The results of my nutritional analysis may surprise you…

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Taco Bell Extreme Cheese and Beef Quesadilla

Taco_bell_logo Well guess what?  Taco Bell has launched a new item on their menu that involves "extreme cheese."

Having not tried this new quesadilla yet, I’m hesitant to officially endorse it, but I’m intrigued.

If anyone out there has tried the Extreme Cheese and Beef Quesadilla from Taco Bell, let me know how you liked it.

I’ll be going to Taco Bell soon to try this out for myself.  Once I’ve tasted it, I’ll be sure to post a review on the site asap.

From the Archives — Could Ice Cream with Nacho Cheese Taste Good?

Ice_cream_nacho Recently a situation arose where I was put in a position to try nacho cheese with vanilla and chocolate ice cream.  Some of the friends I was with appeared disgusted at the thought of the mix and others were intrigued to watch me tempt my taste buds with two seemingly opposite flavors.

I used an inexpensive nacho cheese from a local Safeway grocery store.  Rather than pour hot nacho cheese all over my ice cream, instead I took a clean spoon and dipped it in the nacho cheese bowl.  Then I filled the rest of the spoon with a mix of chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

I ate it.

It did not taste good.  It could have been the worst thing I’ve tasted in a while.  This mix of nacho cheese with ice cream just does not work.  In fact, I drew a blank when I began thinking about other flavors of ice cream that might taste better with nacho cheese than the vanilla and chocolate did.

Frenchos? I’ll take the Zero

Frenchos If there’s any nacho out there that could be classified as doltish, this is it. Just as it was declared earlier that fondue is not nacho cheese, this little recipe is in no way, shape, or form nachos. Lest anyone think that by melting a dab o’ fromage on a tortilla chip automatically constitutes a nacho, they are sadly mistaken. Nachos should never have to be "plated" or "presented." Nachos are to be prepared by grabbing a handful of chips, thowing them into a bowl, and smothering it with molten hot nacho cheese. 

This recipe is a disgrace and an insult to all nacho lovers. Now excuse me while I slice a cube of Reblochon and pair it elegantly with a bold glass of 2003 Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne.

Taste Test: Cheese vs. Cheese

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About a week ago I took it upon myself to conduct a head-to-head comparison of two popular grocery store nacho cheese varieties – Tostitos Con Queso & Fritos Chili Cheese. Both were microwaved in their containers for three minutes, mixing well at one minute intervals. Both were delicious and while each definitely had a unique offerings, the Tostitos brand Con Queso rose up as the winner in my opinion. In the end, I felt that the Tostitos Con Queso had a better consistancy and wasn’t as runny as the Fritos Chili Cheese.

This Month in Nacho History: World’s Largest Nacho

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NachorecordBack on June 8th, 2002, Nachos Mexican Cantina entered into the Guinness Book for the world’s largest nachos. The record had never been attempted until then, and it hasn’t been broken since. The final weight clocked in at an amazing 2,768lbs (1258kg).

Bravo!

For more pictures of the record breaking nacho, click here.

[SOURCE: Nachos Cantina Restaurant]

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How to Remember the Order of the Planets

Story suggestion by: Shara M. Email us a story. PlanetsLast year, scientists totally pulled a “my bad” and reneged on their previous statement that Pluto is a full-fledged planet. Pluto has now been demoted to a “dwarf planet.” No really…I’m serious. That’s like the astronomical term and everything! With that logic, does that mean dwarf people aren’t full-fledged people? Well…according to scientist, probably so.  Discrimination aside, kids across the land must find a new way to learn the order of planets.

Growing up it was: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas. Obviously, that will no longer work. Fortunately, there’s a new phrase to help us remember the order of the planets.

 

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Go Beyond the Cheese

SoapInterested in reading more than just about cheese? You don’t say! That’s funny, because I’m interested in writing about more than just cheese! Don’t get me wrong, I love nacho cheese. Honestly, I do. And I will continue to write about nacho cheese when I find a story. However, it’s getting harder and harder to find nacho cheese related stories. So… I’ve begun the next chapter in my blogging adventure (www.tonightwemakesoap.com). And this time I’m focusing on soap. Well…not exactly. What I’m planning to do is find all the fatty bits around the Internet and offer my unique commentary. So join me, because: Tonight We Make Soap!






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