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Loaded Carne Asada Nachos

The countdown has started – only nine more days until Super Bowl 47! That means you only have about seven days to get your snack menu in order…no pressure. The internet is fierce with recipes and snack ideas, especially Pinterest. You can build your own “snackadium” – a complete stadium made from food – and watch it get demolished by the end of the first quarter, or you might prefer these cupcakes for a daintier approach, if your man likes to keep up with his feminine side. Whatever you choose, make sure there’s plenty of it – something about sports really pumps up the appetite. Except tennis…I don’t think I’ve seen anyone at a tennis tournament wrestling with a giant hot dog and a 20oz beer.

Carne asada nachos

The great thing about nachos is you can style them to whatever tastes you like. Make sure to go through the fridge and use up any odds and ends that might be good for toppings. Ground beef is a popular meat to add but I opted to chop up some pre-seasoned carne asada. I kept mine on the simpler side, adding chopped tomato, sliced red onion, green onion, sliced jalapeno, cilantro and sour cream. I discovered a can of black beans afterwards and verbally expressed my regret at not being able to add them. Wait…what about the cheese sauce, I hear you yell? A simple flour-based cheddar cheese mix with some spices and chilis to increase the heat will do the trick. Serve some extra sauce on the side for the folks who might not like your spicy tower of nacho. To them….whatevs.


Recipe for Carne Asada Nachos:

Prep Time- 30 minutes    Cook Time- 15 minutes    Yields- About 4 cups sauce, serves 6-8

For the cheese sauce- adapted from

4 Tablespoon butter
4 Tablespoon flour
2 cup whole milk
1 pound grated cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder
2 chili’s in adobo sauce, chopped finely

In a large saucepan melt the butter. Add the flour and mix together cooking for about three minutes on a medium heat.

Add the milk and bring to a simmer then add the grated cheese. Stir gently until the cheese has melted. Add the rest of the ingredients stirring well. Serve at once or keep warm until ready to use.

For the nachos-

1  pound carne asada, sliced into thin strips
2 Tablespoon canola oil
1 large bag tortilla chips
2 tomatoes. finely diced
1 red onion, sliced finely
2 green onions, diced
3-4 jalapeno chili’s, sliced
1 1/2 cups cilantro, roughly chopped
2 cups sour cream

Have your tomatoes, red and green onion, jalapeno, cilantro all ready just to be added to the tortilla chips when they are covered in the cheese sauce.

Place a pan on high heat, add the oil. When the pan starts to smoke add the meat and sear it until golden brown on the outside, about 4-5 minutes. Place on a plate and let rest for two minutes.

Assembling the nachos-

Fill a large plate with the tortilla chips. Place some of the carne asada on top of the chips and pour over some of the warm cheese sauce. Add the tomatoes, onions, jalapeno and cilantro. Top with a large dollop of sour cream and enjoy.


  • Yes…whatevs! Who wouldn’t want this beauty?

    January 25, 2013
  • Ummmmmm yeah these sound SOOOO stinkin’ good.

    January 25, 2013
  • That’s one of the prettiest plates of nachos I’ve ever seen. My husband is a nut for nachos – so I will link this to him. I also love the lack of ground beef as I am not a big fan. Have a lovely weekend Gerry!

    January 25, 2013
  • These nachos look divine! Sounds like the perfect thing for a super bowl party! Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Valley Chow

    January 25, 2013
  • That looks out of this world delicious!

    January 26, 2013
  • I think Paul could live on solely nachos if he didn’t know better. These look amazing, Gerry!

    January 26, 2013
  • Yeah…I’d eat an entire plate of these fab nachos!! I am actually making carne asada to go with a wine review post next month…now i know what to do with some of the meat…hehe!

    January 26, 2013
  • I’m dying right now! These look delicious and I will most definitely need to make these for super bowl! I better figure out what channel the game is on. LOL

    January 27, 2013
  • Oh…homemade cheese sauce! Love it. The carne asada is an outstanding meat choice. I’d eat 3 plates of these. Easily.

    January 27, 2013
  • These sound AMAZING. I must try these. Pinned!

    January 27, 2013
  • This looks really really good!

    January 27, 2013
  • I love nachos! And that homemade cheese sauce just looks so addicting!

    January 28, 2013
  • Your nachos look so hearty and manly :) My husband would love them! What a treat – he’d probably want them for dinner every night thereafter!

    January 28, 2013
  • We usually use ground beef taco meat for our nachos, but I”m loving the idea of carne asada instead!

    January 29, 2013
  • “Snackadium”…love that! And these carne asada nachos are brilliant. My family would gobble these up in no time.

    January 29, 2013
  • Wow, this is beautiful and epic all rolled into one!

    January 29, 2013
  • I’m imagining myself having a plate of those oh! so tasty Nachos.. Plus, don’t expect me to share:P. Seriously, I almost want to grab a plate out from my screen. Hehehe.. Have a great week~

    January 29, 2013
  • Now I know what to do with my leftover carne asada! Looks super good for a super bowl! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

    January 29, 2013
  • yes please. these look great!

    January 30, 2013
  • I know the super bowl is over, but I am ready to reach through the screen and grab that plate! yum

    February 04, 2013

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