Nacho Bar

Major things are happening today. And it all revolves around Nachos. That’s right… Nacho Bars and Nacho Parties. Bring it on!

Nacho Bar Party

I’ve been in NYC for the last week and while everyone here is still buzzing about Fashion Week and talking about upcoming trends and all that jazz… I’m 100% convinced that Nacho Bars are absolutely the trend for Fall 2014. Let’s do our best to make that happen! Can we make an effort to see that through? My stomach would greatly appreciate that!

Nacho Bar

You see, it’s all about a little make your own nacho bar. There are multiple essentials when it comes time for such an epic occasion….

Homemade Tortilla Chips, shredded cheese, cheese sauce, black beans, pickled jalapeños, green onions, pico, more shredded cheese, carnitas, guacamole, limes… the works! It all needs to laid out, arranged in cute little bowls and then turned into nachos!!

Nacho Bar - WGC

And then here’s the deal… once all of your toppings/ingredients are prepped and ready to go, you and your guests can each make your own nacho creation. If you’re hanging with me, I can promise you that my cheese to chip ratio will be 1 to 1. Very important! And then topped with carnitas, more cheese sauce, plenty of salsa, green onions and guacamole. Because it’s not nachos without guacamole.

Slow Roasted Carnitas

Nacho Bar

Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine Mexican, Tex Mex, Southwestern


For the Nachos

  • 1 recipe Homemade Tortilla Chips
  • Shredded Colby jack cheese
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 recipe of Nacho Cheese Sauce recipe below
  • Black Beans
  • Pickled Jalapeños
  • Green Onions
  • Pico de Gallo
  • 1 recipe Guacamole
  • 1 recipe Carnitas
  • Limes

For the Nacho Cheese Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 pound shredded cheddar or pepperjack cheese , about 2 1/2 cups


For the Nacho Cheese Sauce

  • In a medium sauce pot, melt the butter and add the flour and whisk to combine. Cook the flour for 2 minutes and then whisk in milk. When the milk comes to a rolling boil, stir in the shredded cheese and stir to combine. Once smooth, remove the cheese sauce from the heat and set aside.

To assemble the individual Nacho situations

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place a layer of chips on a tin foil sheet. Layer with shredded cheese, cheese sauce and various toppings and transfer to the oven to let the cheese melt.
  • Once melted, carefully remove the nachos from the oven and top with any remaining ingredients like guacamole and pico de gallo. Serve immediately.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Jenny Flake

    Nacho Bar!!! Oh my goodness best ever 🙂 We are nacho maniacs over here. Happy Friday!!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Lovvvvvve this! What a gorgeous set of images too! Seriously sounds like a perfect thing to do…this weekend! Pinned 🙂

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I feel like life would be happier if I had a constant nacho bar…this is genius!

  4. Lori

    Perfect for entertaining, everyone makes thier own, place them on the grill to warm up.

  5. Denisse @ Le Petit Chef

    Wow, I’d love to try this out but include some off the wall nacho toppings as well- I’ve been majorly craving Greek Nachos (olives, feta, etc.) and some sort of dessert nacho toppings would be epic!

  6. Shawna {The Bluest Muse}

    First the bruschetta bar and now this? I LOVE that you’re planning all my parties for me. Ha! Looks great.

  7. Jamie | My Baking Addiction

    This is such a great idea. Totally doing it for our next get together.


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