Most Thai curry pastes that you find at the supermarket have the same base: garlic, shallots, herbs and spices like coriander and cumin seed. But chiles are what give these flavor-packed sauces their colorful personalities. Spicy red curry paste gets its brick-like hue and earthy flavor from dried red chiles. Yellow curry paste, the mildest of the bunch, is usually a combo of red chiles and turmeric or curry powder. Fresh green chiles give green curry its tint, which may lead people to believe it’s mild. But since green chiles (like the legendary bird’s-eye) can be screaming hot, this one often packs the most heat of all. Bring on the coconut milk!
For Red Curry Paste Try:
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We love a good guac, but between homemade and premade, do you know which kind you should be buying? We explore the options:
Making guac at home puts you in the driver’s seat–chunky or smooth, spicy or mild, plain or fully loaded, the choice is yours! The fresh taste and absence of additives easily offsets a few extra pennies.
Many refrigerated guacamoles from the deli section or produce aisle contain natural ingredients and tastemuy bueno.(Skip any with ingredients you wouldn’t use at home.) These convenient dips get the green-light when you’re tight on time.
It’s a tie!
Choose whichever method is most efficient for you, then use it in all kinds of recipes, like these:
Cool new tortilla chips, awesome topping combos and our expert nacho-building tips will take your snack to new heights!
Build it right: For perfectly balanced bites, distribute the fixings between the layers of chips, not just on top.
Cheese it up: Don’t skimp on the queso. Shredded cheese takes up lots less space once it melts, so pile it on!
Melt it down: 350 degrees is the ideal nacho-baking temperature for melting the cheese (but not burning the chips).
Chicken Verde Nachos (pictured)
Layer with shredded chicken, salsa verde, pinto beans, roasted poblano slices and shredded mozzarella; bake.
Top with pickled jalapenos, cilantro, sour cream with lime zest, chili powder and sliced radishes
Veggie Delight Nachos
Layer with roasted corn kernels, grilled sweet onion slices, shredded jack cheese and black beans; bake.
Top with guacamole, sour cream and salsa
Layer with shredded pepper jack, chopped tomatoes and chopped cooked bacon; bake.
Top with shredded romaine hearts, halved cherry tomatoes, more chopped cooked bacon and sour cream
Layer with shredded Colby jack, chopped pineapple, thinly sliced red onion and chopped pan0fried ham; bake.
Top with chopped parsley and chives