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An easy menu for parties like Game Day and Cinco de Mayo--always a crowd pleaser. Queso, chips and a variety of toppings are all you need.


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  • queso sauce
  • tortilla chips
  • topping options
  • salsa
  • guacamole
  • jalapenos (sliced, fresh or pickeled)
  • roasted corn (buy frozen roasted corn or roast your own--grill or broil on the cob, then cut kernels from cob)
  • beans (black, pinto, or refried)
  • cilantro
  • green onions (chopped)
  • chorizo (crumbled and browned in a skillet)
  • sour cream
  • tomatoes (chopped)
  • mexican beef (ropa vieja, shredded)
  • fiesta chicken
  • pork carnitas
  • ground beef (or turkey)
  • pico de gallo fresh salsa
  • sparkling margarita sangria
  • frozen margaritas in mason jars
  • fruit salad salsa with sugar & spice tortilla chips


  1. *Find recipe links for these items in blog post, \"A Make-Your-Own-Nachos Party Buffet\": Make queso sauce to serve right away or refrigerate and reheat later. 1 batch of sauce makes 4 cups. Plan on approx. 1/2 cup per person, give-or-take depending on how much other food is being served. For serving, keep queso sauce warm in a small slow cooker or fondue pot. If queso sits out uncovered for an extended period of time, it may become too thick. Keep a can of evaporated milk on hand to whisk in (1-2 tablespoons at a time) for thinning, if necessary. All topping ingredients (except guacamole) may be prepped a day ahead and refrigerated in small serving bowls. That way they can go directly from the fridge to the serving table. Meats may be made ahead and frozen, if desired. If serving for an extended time, keep reheated meats warm in a slow cooker, fondue pot, or use warming trays. Fill a napkin-lined basket or large bowl with tortilla chips. Potluck suggestion: You provide the queso sauce and let guests bring the chips and toppings. Easy and fun!
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