Can Dogs Eat Nachos?

correct answerThe Short Answer is:

Humans and dogs are horribly unhealthy because nachos are fundamentally unhealthful. So any right-minded dog owner should not let their dog get within a mile of a plate of nachos.

The purpose of this research is to explain “Can Dogs Eat Nachos?“.

The great thing about tacos is they can be eaten as finger food.

Those things are messy are not they?

With the odd tortilla chip falling to the ground that melted cheese can go anywhere.

Our dogs are our four-legged vacuum cleaners so this is great news.

But should our dogs eat nachos?

In this research I want to learn more about that. 

What are nachos?

Nachos originate in northern Mexico and are a snack food

The original snack only had three ingredients: corn tortilla chips melted cheese and pickled jalapeno peppers. 

Apparently Ignacio Anaya created them in 1940. 

Pizzas Negras is the city where nachos were invented. 

There is a border between this city and Texas so it did not take. 

Nachos first appeared in an American cookbook in 1950 and by 1960 they were being served in Los Angeles restaurants. 

Can dogs have nachos?

I consider nachos a borderline snack for dogs.

Humans and dogs are horribly unhealthy because nachos are fundamentally unhealthful.

So any right-minded dog owner should not let their dog get within a mile of a plate of nachos.

However most of us are a bit soft on this front. 

Additionally nachos do contain ingredients that can be toxic to dogs but these ingredients are typically used in tiny quantities that are safe for dogs.

Your dog can have a bite or two as long as it is not excessive. 

However it is easier said than done.

When you watch a big game or movie with friends Nachos are the ultimate party food.

They are often eaten alongside the odd beer or glass of wine which can make our decision-making when it comes to our dogs much more complicated!

What ingredients are in nachos? 

I mentioned a short time ago that the original nachos had only three ingredients: corn tortillas melted cheese and pickled jalapenos

However that was over 80 years ago which means that now a nacho can have almost any ingredient it wants. 

It isnot possible to discuss every possible component in this article. 

So instead I am going to examine the three original ingredients and see if they are dog-friendly.

Following that I will discuss some of the most popular ingredients used in nachos and whether they are dog-friendly. 

Lets start with the original three ingredients for all you purists out there. 

The chips come first.

Can dogs eat tortilla chips?

Tortilla chips are just fried corn that is seasoned with salt after being fried in some oil. 

Your dog will not be poisoned or harmed by any of these ingredients. 

Your dog should not have a problem with them but it depends on how many chips they eat.

Although vegetable oil and salt are unhealthy ingredients for your dog to eat in moderate amounts they are not harmful either.

Can dogs eat melted cheese?

The cheese melted into a paste would not benefit your dog nor will it send them to their early grave.

The fat cholesterol and salt content of cheese is very high.

Additionally it smells even more appealing to your dog because its melted. 

One down two to go. 

What are dogs’ reactions to jalapeno peppers? 

Can dogs eat pickled jalapenos?

Within the dog world there is quite a bit of controversy about whether dogs can taste hot food such as spicy food.

Dogs have a much better sense of smell than humans as we all know.

However dogs have a much lower sensitivity to taste than humans do a fact that is less well known.

Humans have about 9000 taste buds while dogs only have about 1700 taste buds. 

The same as humans dogs can taste sweet sour salty and bitter flavors.

Since dogs are able to taste spice through a sense of sourness and bitterness dogs can also taste the spice. 

However how vivid a dogs sense of taste is with so few taste buds is a much more difficult question to answer.

Jalapeno peppers come in many different levels of spiciness as we all know.

Consequently the combination of the peppers heat and your dogs torrents of heat will even cause the peppers to be spat out or make the dog run for the water bowl.

Aside from the spice coming from the peppers because they are pickled they have absorbed a fair amount of salt and sugar which we need to consider. 

Lets start by examining the basic nutrition in a nacho before we move on to other ingredients.

What is the nutritional value of nachos?

This information has been presented in a chart for your convenience.

 Nachos from Taco Bell have the following nutritional information per 100 g serving:

Calories 350
Fat 22 g
Cholesterol 3 mg
Carbs 35 g
Protein 4.3 g
Vitamins B6 Vitamin E Vitamin K
Minerals Phosphorus Selenium

Snacks like this are pretty standard.

It contains a lot of fat and carbohydrates.

We also know how little significance these two types of nutrients play in a healthy dogs diet. 

On the plus side your dog can get a limited amount of vitamins and minerals from a nacho.

The vitamins B6 E and K as well as the minerals phosphorus and selenium are abundant in nachos.

Nevertheless there are healthier ways for your dog to obtain these essential nutrients than indulging in a snack or a few nachos. 

As a nacho does not provide your dog with any surprises regarding its nutrition or lack thereof its time to move on to the next topic. 

Below you will find a list of ingredients that people commonly add to nachos. 

Can dogs eat sour cream in a nacho?

Can dogs consume sour cream? Certainly not.

What are the health benefits? None at all.

Do you think todays research has a bit of a common theme?

When you share your food with your dog you might want to avoid sour cream because it contains a lot of calories and cholesterol and has no added vitamins or minerals.

Because sour cream is so bland you might say that it is suitable for dogs since they have so few taste buds.

However that would be pushing it.

As far as your dog is concerned the next ingredient is a “no no.”

Can dogs eat guacamole in a nacho?

Avocados are they fruits or vegetables? 

In the end it really does not matter to our dogs.

The main concern with avocados is that they contain a toxic chemical for dogs.

Persin is a chemical that is primarily located in the leaves and skin of avocados but it is also found in the flesh.

Furthermore avocados are rich in fat-about 15% of them are fat. 

We can see how “fattening” avocados are when we consider that sour cream contains about 19% fat.

I recognize that the fats in avocados are healthier than the fats in sour cream but too much fat in a dogs diet is bad. 

Its best to err on the side of safety and not give your dog any nachos that have guacamole on them. 

Can dogs eat chili con Carne in a nacho?

Nachos are often served with chili con carne one of the most popular meats.

This dish poses a threat to your dog due to the seasonings in it.

Garlic and onions are the real dangers to dogs.

In other words if your dog eats a nacho with a bit of chili con carne there will be no harm done.

Nevertheless if your dog gobbles down a traybake filled with nachos and chili it may be time to call the vet. 

Can dogs eat tomato salsa in a nacho?

A great salsa also benefits from tomatoes which are often added to chili con carne. 

The dogs do not like tomatoes – even in small amounts tomatoes seem to upset their stomachs.

However ripe tomatoes are poisonous to dogs.

Among the old favorites that you should be wary of are onions spring onions and garlic.

In addition the amount contained in a mouthful of nacho will not be a cause for concern.

What if your dog eats more than a mouthful? What if they eat a nacho with salsa and a bit of chili?

Can you see how these things might start to pile up?

For all you chip fans out there who have a weakness for packet nachos made by companies like Doritos.

How dog-friendly are they?

Can dogs eat nachos cheese Doritos?

This range contains more than one product (it appeared there were more than a dozen) but the main ingredients are corn vegetable oil and salt. 

Salt is the biggest danger here but since I have already discussed it extensively I would not repeat myself. 

Further down the list of ingredients we find our old friends onion and garlic which you are familiar with already. 

Your dog does not pose a real threat by eating a few chips from the bag but by sharing a whole bag with only themselves. 

Can I make dog-friendly nachos?

There is good news and bad news about dog-friendly nachos. The good news is that they will require some effort. 

Its not just a matter of opening a few packets of tortillas and jars of salsa and melting a little cheese on top. 

You will have to start from scratch at home. 

A cute video shows you how to make one of the recipes steps by step. 

The tortillas are substituted with thin potato slices roasted in the oven. 

With a bit of turmeric the sauce is made from flour and almond milk.

Red peppers and cubed onions are also included in the mix.

If you want to read more about dog food tips read here: Dog Food Tips and Tricks.

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