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‘Subway Nachos’ Are The Hack That DESERVES To Be A Real Menu Item

Photo courtesy of @miladfromsubway on TikTok. Subway logo from MOs810 // Wikimedia Commons

There’s a plethora of ways to customize sandwiches at Subway with the variety of ingredients available.

One Subway worker on TikTok, @miladfromsubway, has given the internet one to salivate over, and one we’re angry isn’t actually on the Subway menu: Subway “nachos.”

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One day @subway will sponsor me, and we will put Nachos on the menu 😤 Reply to @brianspilner98

♬ original sound – miladfromsubway

These are clearly something that others have created before, as Milad actually got the suggestion from one of his followers in the comments who claimed to be a former worker at the sandwich chain. Milad also gave it a pretty high rating, listing it as a 9.96/10 on his TikTok and telling Foodbeast that they were “delicious, tasted like a legit platter.”

To make the nachos, Milad started by dumping an entire bag of Doritos chips onto some of the chain’s paper. He added on steak, cheese, peppers, onions, jalapenos, and Subway’s Chipotle Southwest sauce. The entire creation then went into the toaster to melt the cheese and broil everything else to perfection.

Honestly, it looks really good, and something Subway needs to consider adding to their menu. It’s a simple enough upgrade – just swap the bread out for chips — all things already in the store — and customers would definitely go nuts for it, if that TikTok is any indication.

I know Subway tends to stay in the sandwich lane, but judging by how tasty these nachos look, plus the ability to customize them to however folks want, it gives them a unique edge that they absolutely should consider taking advantage of.

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Loaded Nachos Served In A Football Is This Year’s CLUTCH Game Day Snack Recipe


Chips and dip are the snack everyone mindlessly munches on during the big game. Whether you’re watching the commercials or standing around catching up with friends, chances are you’ve got at least a few of these on your plate.

That ubiquity comes with a price, though, as these are often just put together with store-bought cheese sauce or dip that can be heated at the last minute. Going the extra mile to make your own cheese sauce, salsa, and meat to pile on top, and THEN serving that in a halved football? As Cris Collinsworth would say, here’s a sign that a true gourmet is running the snack show.

These Loaded Football Nachos are the snack that will wake people up out of their grazing in a momentary pause of “WOW, that’s amazing!” They’re stacked with a custom cheese sauce, Hansen’s Root Beer-marinated steak, and a mango-pineapple salsa infused with Hansen’s Mandarin Lime Soda syrup.

All of these ingredients combine for hits of sweet, savory, spicy, tangy, and acidic that create an orchestra of flavors that’ll have the entire football shell it’s served in empty by halftime.

Forget your favorite team taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Getting everyone to ask you for this recipe and to make it again next year will be the real win come game day.

To make these Loaded Football Nachos, peep the recipe below.

Ingredients:

1 Pound Skirt Steak

1 Can of Hansen’s Root Beer Soda

1 Bunch Large Mexican Green Onion greens and bulbs divided

½ Cup Ketchup

2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tbsp minced Fresh Garlic

 

For the Cheese Sauce:

2 Tbsp Butter

2 Tbsp Flour

1 Cup Milk

1 1/2 Cup Mexican Style Shredded Cheese

 

For the Nachos:

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

1 Can Sliced Black Olives

1/2 Bunch Cilantro, chopped

1 Can Black Beans  

1 Bag Round Style Restaurant Tortilla Chips

Sour Cream

 

1 Football (Composite)

 

For the Mango Pineapple Salsa:

1 Pineapple, ¼” cube

1 Mango, ¼” cube

3 Cans Hansen’s Mandarin Lime Soda

1 Orange Bell Pepper, diced

1 Red Bell Pepper, diced

2 Jalapenos, diced with seeds removed

⅓ Cup diced Red Onion

½ Cup Lime Juice

½ Bunch Cilantro, chopped

Salt (To Taste)

Directions:

Step 1:

Combine thinly sliced green onion bulbs, Hansen’s Root Beer Soda, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic for the meat marinade. Marinate meat for 12-24 hours for best results.

Step 2:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter and flour, and whisk together until combined. Continue whisking while slowly adding milk. Once mixture comes to a simmer, turn off the heat and incorporate cheese until melted.

Step 3:

In a large skillet, lightly oil pan and set the temperature to high. Drain marinade from meat and reserve for later use. Once pan is hot, sear both sides of the meat. Pour some of the reserved marinade in on the seared meat. Cook meat on both sides, and once the liquid is evaporated, remove meat and cut into small pieces.

Step 4:

For the Mango Pineapple salsa, pour Hansen’s Mandarin Lime Soda in a small pot and reduce half the volume to make a soda syrup. Set aside to cool.

Step 5:

Combine cooled soda syrup, lime juice, red and orange peppers, pineapple, mango, jalapeno and cilantro. Let rest in a refrigerator for 2 hours, drain excess liquid.

Step 6:

Time to cut your football in half! Using a box cutter, x-acto, or utility knife, carefully cut the the football in half along the seam. Remove rubber lining.

Step 7:

Assemble the nachos! Line the football with parchment paper. Layer the chips, cheese, steak, warmed black beans, diced tomatoes, thinly sliced green onion stalks, black olives and chopped cilantro inside the half cut football. Repeat this process until all ingredients are used, put as much sour cream as you want on top, and serve!


Created in partnership with Hansen’s Soda. 

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Buffalo Chicken Nachos Are Taco Bell’s Newest Wild Concept

In their newest test item, Taco Bell is bringing together two of our favorite gameday foods: nachos and buffalo wings.

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The chain’s new $5 Buffalo Chicken Nachos Box adds a tangy twist to its original pack of nachos.

The new Chicken Box consists of shredded chicken and spicy buffalo sauce intertwined with guac, pico de gallo, sour cream, nacho cheese, refried beans, and a three-cheese blend, all of which gets served over nacho chips.

These Buffalo Chicken Nachos are a spin-off of their $5 Steak Nachos Box, which Taco Bell served up for a limited time earlier this year. That version weighed in at almost an entire pound, so it’s possible that this buffalo wing version will be equally as hefty.

Taco Bell will start offering the $5 Buffalo Chicken Nachos Box and drink as a test item in Charlotte, North Carolina, starting December 27.

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During that same time span, Taco Bell will be testing out two other items in various parts of the US. In the Milwaukee area, there will be a $5 Cheesy Jalapeno Nachos Box, similar to the buffalo wing version, but swaps out the buffalo sauce and chicken for jalapenos and ground beef.

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Meanwhile, in the Cincinnati area, Taco Bell’s latest dollar menu item, a $1 Beefy Potato Flatbread, will be tested. It consists of a flatbread “taco” loaded with seasoned potato bites, seasoned beef, warm nacho cheese sauce, and melted cheddar cheese. Jalapenos can be added to it as well to turn up the heat.

All three of these items will be available in their respective locations through mid-January.

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You Can Order MASSIVE Loaded Pretzels At This Korean Gastropub

I’m always in search of some great bar food. Whether those come in the form of chicken wings, burgers, or pretzels — I’m game. In fact, I love a good pretzel. While my body rejects cheese like a C-student’s application to an Ivy League, there was a time I would enjoy a soft pretzel dunked in rich beer cheese. Man, do I miss beer cheese. Biergarten, located in the Koreatown are of Los Angeles, CA,  doesn’t just do a simple pretzel. In fact, the Korean fusion gastropub created three massive loaded pretzels to appease any and every kind of craving. Let’s dig into the delicious details:

Best of Wurst Pretzel

The Nuremberg bratwurst, kielbasa sausage, and Spam topped pretzel is essential for meat lovers. Garnished with plenty of sauerkraut and spicy mustard, the bar also adds some sautéed kimchi, perilla leaves, and pickled daikons to marry German and Korean flavors. It’s served with a side of… *sighs*… beer cheese.

Supreme Nacho Pretzel

Nacho lovers will want to revel on this loaded work of art. This supreme pretzel is topped with Spam bits, sliced knackwurst sausage, nacho cheese, Angus chili, pico de gallo, and jalapeños.

Dessert Lover’s Pretzel

Finally for those born with an incurable case of the “sweet tooth,” there’s the Dessert Lover’s Pretzel. Sweet with a hint of salty, the soft pretzel is topped with chocolate syrup, sugar cinnamon powder, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, Heath toffee bits, and pretzel chips. Just be sure to bring a friend before diving into these things. Sure you can knock one out on your own, but these should be enjoyed with some beers and good company.

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10 Everyday Food Tips That You Can’t Help But Appreciate

I always get excited when I discover a new life hack. I figure if I collect enough of these tips, I’ll eventually be on my way to becoming a fully-functioning adult. Though that journey may take some time.

The popular subreddit LifeProTips is a plethora of tips and tricks shared by the collective experiences of the Internet. You can find tips that cover relationships, finance, technology, and most importantly — food.

Because we’re always seeking ways to make our dining experience much simpler, we created a list of some of the best food pro tips we came across. Enjoy!


LPT: Let someone know you’re picking up the tab for a meal AFTER they’ve ordered. This allows a considerate friend to order what s/he wants freely and also prevents a colleague/acquaintance from taking advantage of your generosity. from r/LifeProTips

I’ve been on both the treating end and receiving end of a free meal. Keeping mum about buying dinner for someone to dinner is something your wallet will appreciate.

LPT: If a server or cashier at a restaurant gives you extra of something for no charge, and you are later asked by a manager if that employee was doing their job well, don’t mention that they gave you extra food. It could potentially get them in trouble. from r/LifeProTips

Sometimes, all a kind gesture really needs is a simple thank you.

LPT: If you want to “vacuum seal” food, put it in a ziplock bag and submerge it in a bowl of water with the bag open above the water. The water will push the air out of the bag, and you can close it without any left inside. from r/LifeProTips

Personally, I’ve always been a fan of the “seal it almost all the way and squeeze out the rest of the air” method.

LPT: when making nachos, put a tortilla underneath your chips to turn leftover toppings into a taco. from r/LifeProTips

I’ll admit, sometimes I’ll lick the plate clean when eating nachos. Having a tortilla underneath to catch the toppings would probably make me look more composed.

LPT: Store potatoes and onions well apart from each other. They release moisture and gases that can make the other get bad faster. from r/LifeProTips

So that’s why my onions keep going bad.

 

LPT: Use olive oil instead of extra-virgin olive oil when cooking with heat. It has a higher smoke point and is cheaper. Use your nice oil for finishing dishes, not preparing them. from r/LifeProTips

Very guilty of this sin, especially when I’m too lazy to run to the grocery store for frying oil.

LPT: Most juices/drinks that advertise 50% less sugar are simply watered down. You can save money by watering down the normal product. from r/LifeProTips

Doctor says I should be drinking more water anyways.

LPT: When baking cookies, take them out when just the sides look almost done, not the middle. They’ll finish baking on the pan and you’ll have soft, delicious cookies. from r/LifeProTips

Chocolate chip cookies with a crispy exterior and gooey insides are one of life’s greatest pleasures.

 

LPT: Put a peeled banana in the freezer for a snack that almost has the same texture and taste of ice cream but without the guilt or calories. from r/LifeProTips

That does solve my lactose intolerance issue too…

LPT: Learn to look at food products labeling carefully. “Made with 100%…” is very different to “made from 100%…” from r/LifeProTips

Always read the fine print when it comes to food.

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7 Crazy Foods To Eat At The 2017 LA County Fair

Each year as summer comes to a close, the Los Angeles County Fair begins as a way to bookend a long, hot summer. From the hundreds of vendors, to the delicious-looking and beautifully fried foods, and the variety of exciting exhibits, there’s always has something new people can’t wait to experience. 

Here are seven must-try items from the 2017 LA County Fair.  

1. Chicken Charlie’s: Cotton Candy Ice Cream Sandwich

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It’s safe to say Chicken Charlie’s is an innovator when it comes to creating amazing fair foods that are just as delicious as they are memorable. This year, Charlie’s is giving us a reason to celebrate dessert with two never-before-seen items.  

Charlie’s Cotton Candy Ice Cream Sandwich is a colorful creation of sugar, sweetness and creaminess. Picture one large scoop of vanilla ice cream, sandwiched between two cotton candy patties and rolled in Fruity Pebbles Cereal.  

2. Chicken Charlie’s: Funnel Cake Burrito  

2017 la county fair

Another sweet creation from the mind of Charlie is the popular Funnel Cake Burrito. Starting with a funnel cake and a giant tortilla, this burrito is topped with cinnamon apples, whipped cream, and powdered sugar. Then, this sweet and savory behemoth is wrapped up burrito-style and ready for consumption!

3. Afters Ice Cream: Strawberry Funnel Cake & Mango Sorbet Milky Buns

2017 la county fair

Afters Ice Cream has quickly become an LA and OC favorite for milk buns and exotic ice cream flavors. With that said, Afters will be showing off its skills with Strawberry Funnel Cake And Mango Sorbet Milky Buns during this year’s festivities. Make sure you swing by!

4. Pink’s Hot Dogs: The Enchilada Dog

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Introducing, Pink’s Enchilada Hot Dog. It’s a foot-long hot dog topped with cilantro, onions and cheese. But, in order to make this true enchilada-style, the hot dog is wrapped in a tortilla with a bit of enchilada sauce. If you love hot dogs and Mexican food, stop by Pink’s for this 2017 LA County Fair exclusive.  

5. Cowboy Kettle Corn: Unicorn Nitro Candy Pop

2017 la county fair

This isn’t your average kettle corn – it’s Unicorn Nitro Pop from Cowboy Kettle Corn, and it’s dipped in liquid nitrogen. In addition to being delicious, this treat is definitely something to capture on Instagram. Each mouthful of this frozen treat produces a cloud of icy vapor that will keep you entertained for hours.    

6. Plant Food For People: Vegan Jackfruit Nachos

2017 la county fair

It wouldn’t be the LA County Fair without nachos, but you’ve probably never had these nachos before. PFFP, or Plant Food For People, serves an all-vegan, gourmet menu that includes these very popular vegan jackfruit nachos that are potato-based, and topped with jackfruit, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro.

7. Chef Cricket’s Culinary Kitchen: Bug Tasting Bar

2017 la county fair

If there’s one thing you try at the 2017 LA County Fair, make sure you check out Chef Cricket’s Culinary Kitchen and Bug Tasting Bar. Offering an assortment of freeze-dried and chocolate-covered bugs, this is definitely one of the most unique culinary attractions the LA County Fair has seen, and apparently they actually taste pretty good!  

The Fair is open from Friday, September 1st to Sunday, September 24th this year. We hope to see you there!

Photos by Peter Pham


Created in partnership with LA County Fair

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Del Taco Queso Blanco Is The Chain’s Latest Game Changing Item

Del Taco has been one of the leading innovators in fast food for decades, continuously dropping unique menu items perfect for late nights or early mornings. The chain is about to change the game again with their new, premium Del Taco Queso Blanco and Queso Crunch Taco, both hitting stores on August 31.

As the restaurant bids adieu to nacho cheese from the menu, fans will now have a chance to add premium Del Taco Queso Blanco – a creamy dipping sauce made with real cheese, real milk, and jalapeños – as a go-to side for meal customization.

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However, that’s not the only new addition to the menu, as Del Taco is also introducing a new line of exciting and crave-able Queso Blanco menu items, that Barry Westrum, Del Taco’s Chief Marketing Officer, anticipates will surely become fan favorites.  

“Queso Blanco represents Del Taco’s continued innovation within the premium ingredient space, a strategy that has led to strong results for the brand,” Westrum said. “Queso Blanco will replace Del Taco’s nacho cheese, a step that aligns with Del Taco’s guest promise to serve quality and flavorful menu items at an unbeatable value.”

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They’re starting strong with the Queso Crunch Taco, which is the “Del” Taco kicked up to another level of deliciousness – picture a crunchy taco shell layered with seasoned beef, crisp lettuce, hand-grated cheddar cheese, and fresh diced tomatoes wrapped in a warm flour tortilla with a layer of creamy Queso Blanco in between.

del taco queso blanco

With that said, Del Taco’s riding the Queso Blanco wave even further, with Queso Loaded Nachos, the Queso Bean Burrito, and their famous Crinkle Cut Queso Fries that will be served at Del Taco’s more than 550 locations nationwide.

Head into your nearest location to try this cheesy goodness ASAP!

Photos by Peter Pham


Created in partnership with Del Taco

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These Divine Nacho Fries Prove That More Southwest Restaurant Chains Should Sell Them

A few weeks ago, Taco Bell began testing out “Nacho Fries” in some locations, mixing together luxurious and warm nacho cheese with crispy, airy fries. It sounds like a winning combo, but it’s child’s play compared to this beastly plate of Nacho Cheese Fries.

The fries, which you can find at 375 Thrice-Cooked Fries in New York City, are a decadent piece of perfectly constructed heaven, as shown by the above video from our friends over at @brunchboys. Ideal for an overindulgent comfort meal or as some bomb drunk food to sober you up, nacho fries are a stroke of brilliance done by simply replacing the chips in OG nachos with some crispy spuds.

Come to think of it, why aren’t other places throwing down with fries more often? A huge food trend for 2017 has been putting just about everything on top of them, so it’s a shame we haven’t seen some Southwest quick-service chains like Chipotle or Qdoba utilizing fries. It would be a simple yet impactful addition to their menu boards, especially for Qdoba, who’s already got some fire queso to make this happen.

Maybe after they see how awesome 375’s next-level nacho fries are, Qdoba, Chipotle, and other chains like them will consider putting fries on their menu. I’d definitely eat at those spots more often if they did.