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Nachos with Salsa | Mexican Street Food

Coming back to Mexican favourites, we have nachos with salsa today from the street food repertoire. This dish is an eternal favourite with my kids – be it at theatres, on long drives or while even watching television. I had baked tortilla chips and baked Nachos earlier, but this time gave in to the deep fried indulgence. Enjoyed best with sour cream and salsa, this is one quick dish that’s any party’s favourite 🙂 

PS: My elder one helped me style and took the clicks too 🙂

Adapted from Tarla Dalal’s recipe– 

I didn’t change much except adding Kashmiri chilli powder and cheese powder into the dough itself … that gave its characteristic colour and punch and the kids loved it a lot.

As I was deep frying, I only made a small batch. But you can easily double or even quadruple if feeding a crowd. For those keen, the history of Nachos can be seen here


Personally I preferred the baked version but with kids it’s always deep fry which score extra brownie points. So, lets get cracking to make this yummy delight.

Prep time : 15 mins, standing time : 10 mins, Frying + assembly time – 15 mins

Ingredients for the dough:

  • Makai ka atta / coarse maize flour / Cholam maavu – 1/4 cup
  • Wholewheat flour – 1/8 cup
  • All purpose flour-  1/8 cup + as required for rollng
  • salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 tsp (to knead) + 1 cup (to deep fry)
  • cheese powder – 1/8 cup (vegans can skip this)
  • Kashmiri chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Crushed pepper – 1/8 tsp
  • sugar – a pinch
  • crushed carrom seeds – 1/8 tsp (optional)




  • In a large bowl, add the flours, red chilli powder, black pepper, cheese, sugar, salt, mix. Make a well / indentation, add the oil and rub into the flours. Slowly, add warm water as needed and make a semi stiff dough. Cover and keep for 15 mins.
  • Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan.
  • Pinch out small roundels, and roll into a thinnish 7-8 inch circle dusting with flour as needed.
  • Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut into small sectors. Place gently in a plate and dust a little flour and keep covered.
  • Repeat for entire dough,
  • Deep fry the pieces in moderately hot oil till golden brown on both sides.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen towels.



To assemble:

  • Place the nachos in a oven proof /micro plate. Spread cheese and bake slightly till the cheese melts. 


  • serve the nachos as is with sour cream and salsa on the side. We love it either way:-)


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  1. Wonderful way to serve the nachos. My kids love it in its basic form as well as with all the frills 🙂

  2. You guyz rocks… Just shared about my cheat version on Vaali's post. Kudos for making everything from scratch.

  3. Priya Suresh

    I want to get that alluring nachos rite from you, simply irresisitble and droolworthy. Wonderful that you have done everything from scratch.

  4. Nacho with salsa, rocks !!! Kudos to your efforts for making everything from the scratch, it totally worth in the end!!!

  5. Gayathri Kumar

    That is an amazing combination. The crispy nachos and melted cheese along with salsa is such a tempting treat..

  6. Oh my, you made your own corn tortilla. Your nachos look so cheesy, colorful and absolutely delicious.

  7. Sharmila kingsly

    Absolutely brilliant ,homemade nachos with salsa is a super hit always!!

  8. vaishali sabnani

    Nachos made from scratch is great effort , love the way you have assembled and presented the dish . A perfect party pleaser which rocks among the elders too .

  9. Mayuri Patel

    I actually don't like the nachos at the theaters. However I love home made one. A good idea to add cheese powder to the nacho dough to give it more flavor.

  10. Srivalli

    Oh my daughter loved this so much!..good one for the letter..

  11. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Adding cheese to the flour must make it more yumm! Looks very tempting Kalyani! I would love it with sour cream and salsa! Lip smacking good!!

  12. Nachos with salsa is always a hit, but you are genius, making the nachos from scratch is something great kalyani. Nachos with makki ka atta looks so perfect and crispy , and you have done a great job in assembling them, they look so tempting 🙂

  13. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    This is one of my favorite and I eat it with ton of jalapenos. I want some right now for my snack. Wonderful that you made your own chips.

  14. cookingwithsapana

    Nachos with salsa is our favorite Mexican food. Love it to the core with a lot of jalapeños.

  15. Suma Gandlur

    Usually we stock up store bought nacho chips and salsa. I can use your recipe and guess can make this in no time.

  16. Such a delicious dish and kudo to your kid for styling it ! The cheese in the dough must have added an extra dose of deliciousness right!

  17. preeti garg

    Love this recipe.. so crunchy and tasty.

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