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40 Second Nachos
Yes, only 40 seconds—as long as you have a microwave. Don’t fret if you do not have one—put the nachos in the oven at 350 degrees F for 5-6 minutes until the cheese is melted and you have an equally delicious snack.

Servings: 2 
Prep time: 5 minutes 
Cooking time: 40 seconds 
Cost: $4.08


2 handfuls corn tortilla chips 
1 cup Monterey jack cheese/cheddar cheese (comes in packages) 
2 dollops sour cream

Salsa Ingredients

1 large ripe tomato, diced 
1⁄2 large white onion, diced 
1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
1 tablespoon lime juice 
1⁄2 teaspoon salt


Microwave safe dinner plate 
Cutting board & paring knife 
Measuring cups & spoons


1.    Place the tortilla chips on a microwave safe, dinner-size plate and generously sprinkle with your favorite cheese (we recommend Monterey Jack/Cheddar combo).

2.    Before putting the nachos into the microwave, dice the tomato and onion. Chop up the cilantro and mix with the rest of the salsa ingredients in a small bowl.

3.    Microwave the chips and cheese. Remove, cover with the salsa and sour cream, and serve hot! We’ve discovered that 40 seconds is the perfect time frame (when a microwave is set to high) for maintaining the crispiness of the chips while thoroughly melting the cheese. Some microwaves may vary on power, so check after 30 seconds to make sure the cheese doesn’t begin to brown.