Matchos (Matzah Nachos)
Updated: Apr 26, 2020
Ready for storytime? Passover is a celebration of when the Jewish People were taken out of Egypt, where they had been enslaved by Pharaoh. You might best know the story about the 10 plagues (frogs, locusts, darkness, and the, well, not-so-casual killing of all firstborns of Egypt) brought upon the Egyptians until the Pharaoh agreed to free the Jews.
When the Jews finally were able to flee Egypt, they had to in such a rush — meaning they have no time to wait for the bread they were baking to rise. So for seven days, we put down the regular bread and eat matzah to commemorate the journey. And that’s where that funky square cracker comes from.
If you’re one to celebrate Passover, you know you’ll go through a minimum of two-three boxes of matzah. And we can all agree that seven days straight days of the stuff can get pretty repetitive.
Matzah Nachos (Matchos) are always a highlight on the Passover menu, and we’ve shared a version for each of our diets that are equally satisfying and flavorful. Best consumed with red wine, the real celebrity of Passover.
4 pieces of matzah
1/2 yellow bell pepper
1/2 red onion
1 roma tomato
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 poblano pepper
1/4 cup of cilantro
2 dollops of Mild Nacho Cashew Queso
For meat version: 2/3 cup of Mexican blend cheese and half 1/2 pound of ground beef
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. While waiting for the oven to heat up, chop all of the veggies and mince the garlic cloves
3. Cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil
4. Break up 4 pieces of matzah into chip size pieces (we used 2 pieces on each)
5. Coat the matzah in cheesy goodness. First start with a few dollops of the cashew queso, spread evenly on the matzah chips. Then sprinkle on the Mexican blends.
6. As a next step, evenly apply all of the veggies, starting with the garlic and ending with the avocado. We like to add one more light layer of cheese because...cheese.
7. Put into the oven for 10-15 minutes until cheese is fully melted.
8. Garnish with cilantro and serve!