Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar

Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos
A Colorful Tasty Dish from my Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar. For your next party, wow your guests with something more unique than a regular finger food spread. You can set up a Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar with many ingredients. What do you like? What will your guests like? The sky is the limit.

Nachos got their start in Mexico in the 1950s. Generally known as a high fat and calorie dish of melty-cheese-smothered tortilla chips normally sold at ball parks, nachos have evolved over the years. Cooked spiced meats and fresh vegetables along with creamy dressings are just part of the list of popular toppings. You can cut back on the fat and calorie-laden ingredients and add more fresh vegetable toppings — although nachos are more of an indulgent treat than a health food. Once in a while, it’s fun to create your own ultimate nachos with friends and family. Check out some finished Ultimate Nachos plates in the photos below for pairing ideas.

Ultimate Pork Carnitas
Ultimate Nachos: Corn Tortilla Chips smothered with Pork Carnitas, Chile con Queso, Shredded Cheeses, Cherry Tomatoes, Jalapeno Peppers, Chopped Sweet Onion, Sour Cream, Cilantro and Black Olives (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Ultimate Shredded Beef Nachos
Ultimate Nachos! Corn tortilla chips with shredded beef, refried black beans, chile con queso, pico de gallo, cilantro, sour cream, and black olives (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

How to build Ultimate Nachos? Set up a “bar” with lots of nachos ingredients. Start out with a plate of chips. Scatter on some meats, beans and cheeses. Add chopped veggies. Spoon on some guacamole, salsa, sour cream, chile con queso, and chipotle cream dressing. Garnish with chopped cilantro, sliced scallions, sliced black olives — the list goes on! Be sure to include plates, serving utensils, silverware, and plenty of napkins.

Crab Nachos
Seasoned Tostadas, Con Queso, Jalapeños, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Salsa and Jumbo Lump Crab Meat at The Boars Head Inn (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos
A Colorful Tasty Dish from my Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Ultimate Pork Carnitas Nachos
Ultimate Nachos: Pork Carnitas, Chile con Queso, Chipotle Cream Dressing, Tomatoes, Scallions, Monterey Jack Cheese, Cilantro, Black Olives over Tortilla Chips (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Below is a suggested list of ingredients (and some recipes) to help you set up a Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar. Use what you like and omit what you don’t like. Ultimate Nachos are all about building the tastiest pile of comfort food goodness — ever.



From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar


Base items:

Warmed restaurant-style corn tortilla chips (sturdier round or triangle-shaped chips work best)
Warmed flour tortilla chips
Warmed pita chips
Warmed vegetable-based chips


Pork Carnitas
Pulled Smoked Pork
Seasoned Beef Taco Meat
Smoky Chipotle Chicken
Grilled chicken
Shredded Buffalo Taco Meat
Marinated Skirt Steak
Cooked shelled shrimp
Battered fish sticks
Lump crab meat
Jackfruit Carnitas
Black beans
Refried beans
Kidney beans
Pinto beans


Shredded Cheddar cheese
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Shredded Pepper Jack cheese
Crumbled Cotija cheese


Chile Con Queso with Smoky Chipotles
My Award-Winning Black Bean Chili
Tomato Party Salsa
Pico de Gallo
Zesty Cucumber Pineapple Peach Salsa
Smoky Southwest Salsa
Assorted bottled taco sauces
Sour cream or Mexican crema
Chipotle Cream Dressing

Vegetables and Seasonings:

Shredded lettuce
Baby arugula leaves
Spinach leaves
Chopped tomato
Chopped sweet onion
Sliced jalapeno peppers
Roasted corn
Shredded purple cabbage
Sliced roasted red peppers
Sliced scallions
Chopped cilantro
Sliced black olives
Crushed red pepper flakes
Chili powder
Cumin powder
Lime wedges

Have fun with your Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar. Be sure to offer beer, sangria, wine, margaritas, sodas, and iced tea for your guests.

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