Nachos may be the perfect food. They’re crispy, cheesy, spicy and a crowd-pleaser — that is if you’re so inclined to share. You can dress them up with fresh veggies like tomato and pepper and bake them to perfection in the oven, or microwave chips with a little cheese and salsa on top and call it a day. Either way, nachos are plain-old delicious.

Yup, aside from pizza, nachos may just be the most perfect food when it comes to satisfying that cheesy, comfort-food craving.

Unfortunately, you can’t always eat nachos for dinner — not if you’re trying to win at #Adulting, at any rate. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them in myriad other forms. Take this recipe for Nacho Chicken Drumsticks, for example. Delicious, tortilla chip-crusted drumsticks are fried and then elevated to a whole new level when baked with some fresh Cheddar and topped with salsa, guacamole and pickled jalapeño peppers.

 

We dare you not to salivate when watching the video. In fact, we may be craving a whole other way to eat “nachos” right about now, and it involves glorious, glorious fried chicken.

But why stop there? There are plenty of other great nacho-inspired recipes that have us totally rethinking our nacho game, especially if you want to take a more “traditional” approach to your dinner.

For example, take these baked potato nachos, which are smothered in delicious toppings like cheese, sour cream and black beans. With some salsa and fresh cilantro, regular old baked potatoes seem so last year, don’t they?

 

Needless to say, potatoes and chicken drumsticks are most definitely going on the shopping list this week.

Want some more nacho inspiration? Check out these great recipes that transform basic dinner staples into dishes of nacho heaven.

Chicken Nacho Soup

On a cold day we can all agree that nothing feeds the soul like hearty chicken soup. (Heck, they came up with an entire line of feel-good books based on that very concept.) But if it’s still nachos you’re craving, this cheesy, tomato-based chicken soup definitely hits varying levels of comfort, and we never, ever want to go back.

Nacho Topped Chili Pot

What’s better than a comforting bowl of chili? Chili topped with an entire serving of fresh nachos, of course. Move over, chili cheese fries and regular old chili nachos. We love the way Rachel Ray tops her pot of chili with chips, cheese and other nacho staples and throws it all under the broiler to serve up complete chili nacho perfection.

Pork Tenderloin Posole with Bottom of the Bowl Nacho Surprise

Posole, a traditional Mexican stew, is another one of those staples that hits the spot when you need a warm bowl of comfort. But again, Rachel Ray takes hers to the next level with an entire layer of nacho goodness stacked into serving bowls first, giving us a whole new level of nacho posole perfection.

Looking for more nacho goodness? You’ll find comfort food perfection in these Tasty Nacho Recipes.