Loaded Nachos

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Remember last week when I told you that my husband makes the most epic loaded nachos in the entire world? Well today we’re making some. And they are going to blow.your.mind.

Loaded Nachos | www.whatsgabycooking.comLoaded Nachos are an art form in our house. We’re kinda nacho snobs. There are a few things that are absolute necessities when it comes to making nachos, let’s dig in, shall we?

1. Cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Don’t skimp when it comes to each chip having a little bit of cheese on top. Or a lot. We all know how much it sucks to get a nacho with no cheese on it. It’s a big time disappointment.

2. Chicken? I think so. Or you could go for carnitas. But something with a bit of protein is always nice on top.

3. Beans. Refried. Always. They are easy to shmear around they are just plain delicious.

4. I like to add a sprinkle of freshly cut corn. It gives you a nice pop of texture when you bite into a fully loaded chip.

5. As for the rest of the toppings, you’ve got to include some very thinly sliced red onions, jalapeño peppers for some pizzazz, cilantro to brighten things up and salsa. Because who doesn’t love salsa.

6. Guacamole. I mean, if your nachos don’t include guacamole, I’m not even sure we can be friends anymore.

7. If you’re feeling super fancy you can add some crema on top. I’m a fan, especially because it gives you a nice cool sensation after chowing down on jalapeños and spicy salsa!

There you have it. Everything you need to craft the most perfect plate of nachos in the entire universe. I’d also suggest making them and serving them on a baking sheet – easy clean up is essential for nacho parties. Margaritas too.

Let’s savor the last few weeks of summer with nachos & have a margarita or two.

Loaded Nachos

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mexican, Tex Mex, Southwestern


  • 3 handfuls tortilla chips
  • 2-3 cups shredded cheese I use cheddar and pepper jack
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup refried beans
  • 1/2 cup fresh corn cut from the cob
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • salsa and crema to finish


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Lay the chips on a baking sheet and pile them high with cheese, chicken, refried beans and corn. Transfer the baking dish into the oven and bake for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and top the nachos with the red onions, jalapeño pepper, chopped cilantro, guacamole, salsa and crema.
  • Serve immediately.


  1. These look amazing Gaby! Loving the video too. I always make my nachos in the oven but have never made an entire sheet of them .Genius!

  2. WHAT an adorable video (and I totally have that exploring cat problem in my house, too…makes photos really interesting…) and YES lots of cheese and guac on the nachos. If you aren’t going to have lots of cheese and guac, why even bother? 😉

  3. These look they could be my next perfect meal! I love nachos and if you can believe it – have never made them! This has inspired me!!

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