Christmas 2023: Serve Tortilla Chips In These Interesting Ways
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A good festive meal begins with a good starter, and what can be a better starter than the beloved tortilla chips?

Tortilla chips are a popular snack that certainly suits every party meal. Whether paired with dips or with drinks, tortilla chips serve as a delightful starter that brings everyone around the table. For several decades, tortilla chips have delighted the tables around North America and the world and served as a quintessential starter for any party.

For many, homemade tortilla chips might be better than the commercial ones. But the bigger challenge than selecting the tortillas is how to serve it and what to pair with it. With several good options for dip pairings and toppings available, it becomes quite confusing to select the right pairings.

To suit every flavour preference, this article mentions some of the most innovative ideas to serve tortilla chips. Serving tortilla chips this way will not only decorate the party table but also impress everyone at the party.

1. Nacho Bar Extravaganza

Set up a DIY nacho bar that allows guests to customize their loaded nachos. A range of different toppings and dips can be offered as a small buffet, alongside various flavours of tacos to choose from. To create the nacho bar, prepare a range of toppings, including various types of salsa, jalapeños, shredded meat, diced tomatoes, black beans, corn, guacamole, sour cream, and a variety of cheeses.

Once the toppings are arranged, place tortilla chips in large bowls or on trays and let guests build their ultimate nacho dish creations. This interactive setup will encourage everyone to craft their own tortilla masterpieces, adding a lively and enjoyable element to the party.

2. Tortilla Chip 'Christmas Tree'

Creating a Christmas tree using tortilla chips offers a fantastic way to infuse a festive ambience onto the table. To represent the verdant hue of the tree, consider incorporating blended spinach into the mix. Green tortilla wraps are also readily available in most supermarkets for this purpose.

Begin by using a Christmas tree-shaped cookie cutter to fashion the wraps and then bake them in the oven for 7-10 minutes until they attain a delightful crispness. Alternatively, regular triangle-shaped nachos can serve as a suitable substitute. Once the chips are ready, commence by arranging them at the base with larger chips, progressively decreasing in size as you build upwards. Embellish the tree by sprinkling your preferred toppings and accompany it with a side of salsa or a creamy dip for serving.

3. Mini Taco Cups

Making mini taco cups out of tortilla chips introduces an innovative twist, turning traditional tacos into bite-sized muffins that offer a delightful crunch. These taco cups can be easily crafted by pressing sliced tortilla wraps or wonton wrappers into a muffin tin. Once the dough lines the tin, fill it with your preferred taco fixings—options include salsa, refried beans, grilled veggies, or shredded meat.

Finish by sprinkling cheese on top and baking until the cheese melts and the cups turn crispy. Serve these adorned cups with a touch of coriander and sour cream for a flavorful starter. They present an excellent customizable party appetizer that perfectly complements various beverages.

4. Tortilla Chip Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie boards are always a delightful addition to making any party meal enjoyable. Serving tortilla chips in the form of a charcuterie board is a creative way to feature a wide range of assortments of chips paired with several dips and side dishes.

Arrange different flavoured chips – like traditional, blue corn, or multigrain – on a large board or platter. Surround them with small bowls of various dips such as salsa, guacamole, queso, hummus, and flavoured sour creams. Add complementary items like sliced vegetables, olives, pieces of meat, and cheeses to create a visually appealing party table.

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5. Dessert Nachos

Serving nachos with desserts might not be a very appealing idea for many, but it sure is a delicacy worth trying. Coating plain or unsalted nacho chips with cinnamon sugar can be a perfect addition to sweet dishes and serve as a great pairing for a party meal.

For making this pairing, melt butter, then lightly spray the tortilla wedges with it. Sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar, and bake until crispy. Spread the chips out on a dish and cover them with honey, caramel sauce, or melted chocolate. Add whipped cream, chopped strawberries, bananas, almonds, and powdered sugar over top to create an interesting sweet.

Presenting tortilla chips in these innovative ways can make festive gatherings even more special. Whether opting for a DIY nacho bar, a visually appealing Christmas tree display, or mini taco cups, these ideas will surely delight the guests and leave them craving more.