Nacho bake? What it is and where to find it
It’s nacho ordinary snack! Local businesses have been serving the cheesy, beefy trend – here’s where you can get your fix.
Adding to the growing list of ECQ “baked trends” – sushi bake, baked samgyup – is the cheesy nacho bake or taco bake – a fancier term for the classic nacho cheese dip. Nacho bake isn’t exactly new, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good – it’s cheesy, meaty, and layered with fresh, flavorful ingredients.
Typically, home cooks have been making the nacho bake in tin pans, stacking layers of ground beef, pork, vegetables, salsa (anything goes, really), and different kinds of cheeses, blow-torched and/or baked in the oven until everything is gooey and melty. The fun is in the dipping, too – just grab a crunchy tortilla chip and dunk it in, scoop all those layers up, and enjoy everything in one bite.
It’s a fun, all-in-one, shareable appetizer or snack that many home-based kitchens and restaurants around the Metro thankfully make. Likewise, here are a few local businesses to consider, next time you’re in need of a cheesy fix.
Taco and nacho biz Tacoftheown just released their new Cheesy Nacho Bake Supreme, combining “your favorite nacho toppings” in a solo tray. Moreover, their version features slow-cooked beef topped with 3 kinds of “gooey, creamy cheeses” (nacho cheese, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese), served with a side of fresh tomato salsa and a homemade garlic-cilantro cream sauce.
A small tray costs P250 and is good for 2-3 people, while their big tray costs P450 and is good for 4-5. Each order comes with a bag of nacho chips.
Tacoofthetown can deliver from 3 of their hubs located in Caloocan, Blumentritt, Manila, and Fishermall, Quezon City. They take orders until 5 pm every day – just message their Instagram page or text 09153897138.
They offers their beefy-cheesy specialty in 4 sizes: small (P550) good for 2-4 servings, medium (P800) for 5-8, large (P1,300) for 9-12, and party (P1,900) for 13-18. Depending on the size you get, each 5-cheese + beef order comes with at least one freshly-made tub of salsa and a bag of nachos.
Feel free to reheat your dip in the oven for extra toasty cheese! The home-based business is located in Cubao, Quezon City. For orders, you can message their Instagram page.
Previously known as Nacho Bimby, the Mexican-themed partner to Potato Corner kiosks has also latched onto the trend – their own is made with 4 kinds of cheese, ground beef, and pico de gallo, topped with slices of jalapeno peppers.
Their product costs P350 an order. If you want it fries (because why not?), that’s P400 a tray. Each can serve 2-3 people.
You can pre-order via Viber at 09060050579 or through their delivery website from 10 am to 6 pm daily. They can also deliver via GrabFood from their Tomas Morato branch.
Based in Paranaque, home-based kitchen Cecilia’s Gourmet’s bake is made with a special elote layer – the famous Mexican street-style snack of sweet corn coated in crema, cheese, herbs, and spices. In between are spicy, slow-cooked ground beef, tomato salsa, beans, onions, and cheese sauce, baked and then topped with cabbage and black olives.
Cecilia’s Gourmet sells her bake for P550, which includes a 200g bag of chips, that can serve 3-4 people. You can place your orders through Instagram.
Nacho Macho MNL
Nacho Macho’s “primitivo nacho bake” is a 3-layered of ground beef, cheese, and cream, best topped with the fresh tomato salsa each order comes with. Their trays are available in 3 sizes – small (P580), medium (P880), and large (P1,380) – and come with a bag of nacho chips.
They’re located in Caloocan. You can order via their Instagram page.