Mama Cozzi's Queso Stuffed Nachos (Aldi)

An open box of Mama Cozzi's Queso Stuffed Nachos, from Aldi
Every bit as good as I thought they would be.

I see a lot of products in Aldi’s weekly ad which, may I remind you, I peruse weekly. Every single week for the last 15 or so years, no matter what I’m doing, I find time at some point to check out the limited time Special Buys that Aldi will be featuring. And it’s usually at some point on Wednesday, which is the day they arrive in my email inbox. I typically always see at least one or two products that catch my eye, but it’s pretty rare that there’s one that becomes “love at first sight”.

Believe it or not, these were, and for a variety of reasons. First of all, I already love nachos in their regular form, so how could I pass on the chance to eat breaded nachos with the normal toppings already stuffed inside? It’s one of those products I typically berate on here - the type of overly processed foods for which us Americans are known - but there’s just something about the idea that really spoke to me. Maybe it was the fact that I haven’t seen anything like these anywhere else, and I’m pretty much always on board to try new things. Whatever the reason, I virtually threw these into the cart the moment I saw them. 

Inside each $4 package are approximately 20 fried nachos, which is actually quite a generous amount. While getting twenty regular nachos in an order of appetizers would be quite a gyp, these are obviously much heavier and more rich than typical nachos, so a little bit goes a long way; we actually followed the recommended serving size of 5 nachos each, and that was plenty for one sitting. Plus, we still have enough for each of us to have the same amount the next time...not too shabby for under $5. 

The directions state you can cook them in the oven, or an air fryer, and while I’m sure the latter would lead to even crispier results, we unfortunately cannot test those, considering we don’t have one. However, the results in the oven were pretty impressive, as these came out nice and crispy after about 13 minutes at 425 degrees.

Oh man...these are incredible. The breading seems to be the same (or very similar) as the breading they use on the fried ravioli appetizers they occasionally carry. Whether or not that’s the case, I don’t really care, because those are good. For the sake of full disclosure, there actually aren’t any nachos inside...basically, it’s just the triangle shape of the pieces that presumably gives them the right to be called nachos. At any rate, it doesn’t even matter. The “queso” here is actually kind of a misnomer, because it tastes more similar to nacho cheese rather than the gooey white cheese that’s a trademark of Mexican restaurants everywhere. Which, if you think about it, actually makes more sense considering these are supposed to be fried nachos, and what goes better with nachos than nacho cheese? It’s gooey and delicious, and while I think each one could have been filled a little bit more, there’s still enough in each one to get a good taste.

And that leads me to my sole complaint: the filling doesn’t even come close to stretching across the corners of the triangle, meaning all the corner bites are pretty much empty. Thankfully, that’s just a small section, and the corners end up being the crunchiest bites, so it’s not really all that big of a deal to me. (My wife, on the other hand, who’s a much pickier eater than I am, refused to eat the corner bites; however, she agreed with me about the rest.)

Overall: 8/10. I have to admit I figured I was going to like these, and the end result matched up with that original theory. The outer breading is strongly reminiscent of the breading used in Appetitos' Fried Ravioli appetizer, but the addition of queso in the middle (which is closer to nacho cheese in flavor than the titular Mexican cheese) really takes these to a whole new level. The main complaint I have is that there could be even more of it: the cheese doesn't stretch into the corners, which are pretty dry on their own. But the $4 asking price is justified, considering you get 4 servings per box. This is a unique product (as far as I know) that we would definitely grab again in the near future.

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