3 Cheese Breakfast Nachos

June 10, 2019 by Nicole Collins

Don’t you love it when you get rewarded for being good even when you were being kind of naughty?

You know what I mean…you start by doing something bad, but then you do something good that not only gets you out of trouble, but it gets you praise. It’s like classic “sour patch kid” syndrome. Something sour, something sweet…

I was having a conversation with Bisco’s trainer at school a few weekends ago, and we were talking about the certain commands that should always be recognized with big time praise. Specifically, we were talking about the “come when called” command. She said that this is one of the most important commands for a dog to know, and that it should be heavily rewarded with treats, ear rubs, and lots of praise. Essentially, we want our pups to equate high value rewards with this command, and the hope is that if one of us were in danger or if he slipped out of the fence/gate/door/leash or something, he will come when called 100% of the time (because he wants the high value reward).

So my question to Shelley, Bisco’s trainer, was “what if he does something naughty first, like say jump over the fence into the neighbor’s yard (bad doggie), but then he listens and comes when called (good doggie)?” Unfortunately for me, this question was not rhetorical. Bisco repeatedly used the poor design of my old deck as his own little booster to help himself to the neighbor’s yard. He wasn’t trying to run away; he was trying to get to another doggie friend three houses away. (He made it as far as two houses away.) But, he’d come right back when I opened all of the gates to help him get home with ease.

BTW…thanks Bisco for bumping “project new deck” to the top of the priority list! He can no longer go on unsupervised field trips.

Anyways, Shelley said that we have to ultimately reward Bisco for doing the one really important thing that he was supposed to do, which was come immediately when I called him, despite being a bad pupper and hopping the fence in the first place.

So today, I’m using Miss Shelly‘s school of thought; and we’re doing something a little naughty today! But we’re ultimately doing something that we’re supposed to be doing (eating brekkie), so we’re getting rewarded too! This theory is definitely working in our favor today.

Today, we’re making 3 Cheese Breakfast Nachos!

This recipe is too easy, if I’m being totally honest. Nachos, in general, are basically just a “needs assembly” type of recipe. There’s not a whole lot of skill required to throw together this breakfast feast. Pile toppings on top of tortilla chips, or Doritos in our case, and devour!

We start by lining a sheet tray with a whole bag of nacho cheese Doritos. Yup, a whole (small, not family sized) bag! The chips get topped with some cooked breakfast sausage and two more types of cheese: shredded cheddar and shredded pepperjack. Then, it all goes in the oven so the cheeses can fuse together, and our nachos are ready to top. Now I chose to use a standard breakfast sausage for this, because that’s all I could find in the store at the time. But some cooked and crumbled chorizo would be really nice here. If you’ve got some queso on hand, that would really jazz these up an extra level too. No one will ever get mad about more cheese on nachos!

To top our brekkie nachos, we need one of everything: red onion, jalapeno, tomato, avocado, and (of course) a runny fried egg on top. All of that cheese needs some bright, fresh ingredients to lighten up the party a bit. And, these topping do just that. Sharp, spicy, acidic, creamy, and unctuous…we’re hitting every note with this one.

This brekkie platter is a mix of traditional breakfast ingredients and traditional nacho ingredients. And, it’s triple cheesy, so there’s that. This is a great spread for a brunch party, but you could also reduce the ingredients to make this a single serving breakfast. Since there’s really no strict methods involved here, it’s easily reduced or doubled!

Alright everyone! I think we’ve had enough conflict between the angels and devils on our shoulders today. The only way to settle the score is to shut them up with food.

Enjoy, and let’s eat!

3 Cheese Breakfast Nachos

Serves: 6-8 Print

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb hot breakfast sausage, cooked and crumbled

  • 1 bag (about 10oz) nacho cheese Doritos

  • 1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup red onion, sliced

  • ½ cup grape tomatoes, halved

  • 1 jalapeno, sliced (ribs and seeds removed, if desired)

  • ½ avocado, diced

  • 3-4 fried eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange Doritos on a sheet pan. Top with cooked sausage, pepperjack, and cheddar cheese, distributing evenly over the chips. Bake for 6-8 mins until the cheeses have melted.

  2. Remove from oven, and top with red onion, tomatoes, jalapeno slices, avocado, and fried eggs. Enjoy!

Recipe notes:

*You might need a little less than a full bag of Doritos based on the size of your sheet pan. Just make sure you have an even layer of chips and there are not too many piled on top of each other. Otherwise, the ones on the bottom won't get any of the topping goodness.

*Chorizo would be a really nice substitute for the hot sausage in these nachos! You could also add a drizzle of queso if you have some on hand to make these 4 cheese nachos!

*This recipe accounts for ½ egg, per person. So, fry the amount of eggs needed based on how many you're serving. Just make sure the yolks are still runny. We want the gooey yolks hydrating our brekkie nachos.

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