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Mathematically Perfect Nachos: A Great Advance, Though One Concern Persists

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Feb 05, 2013

Sporkful Eater @PersonalChefKC brought Gizmodo's "Mathematically Perfect Nachos" to my attention. In short, this is a wonderful advance in nachos, and addresses many nacho shortcomings.

Of course the number one problem with nachos is that the tortilla chips aren't sturdy enough to hold everything we want them to hold. These new nachos form little baskets, much sturdier than the "scoops" on the market today. It works like this:

1. Cut corn tortillas into star shapes and steam the stars, so they're pliable.

2. Oil them, salt them, and place them in muffin tins.

3. Bake until slightly brown.

4. Remove and fill with cheese and fillings. Place back in the oven and bake until nachos are golden brown and cheese is melted.

There's no question that this is a great improvement on the nacho in many respects. But my concern is that the star shape creates jagged points that may poke the eater in the roof of the mouth. Gizmodo's final photo only exacerbates my fear:

So while I applaud this excellent work, I also ask whether there is room for yet more improvement. A mini nacho bowl with rounded tops might be the way to go.

For more detailed instructions and more pics, see the original concept as laid out on Gizmodo.

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