The perfect NCAA March Madness snack: Mario Lopez's beer queso nachos

After reading our Latina's guide to the NCAA Tournament, I am more excited than ever for March Madness this year. But since I'm not a huge sports fan, the most exciting part of any game for me is gathering with friends and throwing a little fiesta filled with good food and great drinks.

But what can I make for the start of the men's college basketball championship tournament? Well, Latino hunk Mario Lopez is coming to my rescue with his big plan for March Madness: making nachos.

And not just any kind of nachos! He's making delicious Betty Crocker's beer queso nachos. This recipe is absolutely the right kind of snack for serving while you're watching the game. Now all I need is a margarita to go with it and for the games to finally begin.


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Beer Queso Nachos (recipe courtesy of

8 cups tortilla chips
1/2 cup lager beer, such as a Boston lager
2 cups shredded American cheese (8 oz)
1 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso® chopped green chiles, drained
1 can (15 oz) Progresso® black beans, drained, rinsed
1/2 cup Old El Paso® Thick 'n Chunky salsa
1 medium avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
1 medium tomato, seeded, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1. Heat oven to 350°F.

2. Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. Arrange tortilla chips on cookie sheet. Bake 5 minutes to warm chips.

3.  Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, heat beer over medium heat until just starting to simmer. Slowly add the cheeses in small amounts, stirring constantly with whisk, until melted. Stir in chiles.

4. In medium bowl, mix beans and salsa. Microwave uncovered on High 2 to 3 minutes or until hot.

5. To serve, pour half of the cheese sauce over warm chips; top with half of the bean mixture. Top with remaining cheese mixture and remaining bean mixture. Serve with remaining ingredients.

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Will you be making snacks as you watch the NCAA March Madness games? What's on your menu?

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