Loaded Guacamole Nachos

I can make a meal out of guacamole. I don’t even need chips.

Adding melted cheese to the chips just means I will officially and very happily spoil my dinner.

Loaded Guacamole Nachos - Fresh, easy homemade guac on top of cheesy chips is totally irresistible! These disappear fast - so good!!

Nachos are fast, easy, and a crowd-pleasing, comfort food recipe that people can’t resist. They’re a perfect snack, appetizer, and for tailgating or game day parties, you’ll look like a superstar if you emerge from the kitchen with a plate of these.

The big pile of creamy, fresh, homemade guacamole makes the nachos truly irresistible. Homemade guac literally takes minutes to make and tastes a million times better than storebought.

I generally keep my guacamole pretty basic with mashed avocado, lime juice, salt, pico de gallo or chopped tomatoes and onions, bell peppers, and cilantro. Add your favorite items and for suggestions check out this Do-It-Yourself Guacamole Bar.

Loaded Guacamole Nachos - Fresh, easy homemade guac on top of cheesy chips is totally irresistible! These disappear fast - so good!!

For the cheese I used queso quesadilla which is an easy-melting cheese that reminds me of Fontina in the melt-ability sense, but it’s about one-third the price. It’s perfect in grilled cheese, quesadillas, and on nachos. It’s available at my regular grocery store and found near the Mexican cheeses in your grocer’s cheese case, or substitute with Monterey Jack.

I made the nachos in the microwave because it’s faster and easier for me, but if you prefer to bake them, go ahead. The directions are written for either method.

Loaded Guacamole Nachos - Fresh, easy homemade guac on top of cheesy chips is totally irresistible! These disappear fast - so good!!

I love texture and heat and sprinkled the nachos with bell peppers, jalepenos, pico de gallo, and cilantro.

The crunchy bits of fresh vegetables are a welcome addition and break up some of the gooey cheese-fest.

Loaded Guacamole Nachos - Fresh, easy homemade guac on top of cheesy chips is totally irresistible! These disappear fast - so good!!

Smothering the chips with as much guacamole that they’ll hold before breaking en route to my mouth is the best.

And washing them down a cold margarita is mandatory.

Loaded Guacamole Nachos - Fresh, easy homemade guac on top of cheesy chips is totally irresistible! These disappear fast - so good!!

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Loaded Guacamole Nachos

Nachos are fast, easy, and a crowd-pleasing, comfort food recipe that people can't resist. They're a perfect snack, appetizer, and for tailgating or game day parties, you'll look like a superstar if you emerge from the kitchen with a plate of these for the gang. The big pile of creamy, fresh, homemade guacamole makes the nachos truly irresistible. I generally keep my guac basic with mashed avocado, lime juice, salt, pico de gallo or chopped tomatoes and onions, bell peppers, and cilantro; add your favorite items. I used queso quesadilla which is an easy-melting cheese. It's available at my regular grocery store and found near the Mexican cheeses in your grocer's cheese case; substitute with Monterey Jack. I microwave the nachos, but bake them if you prefer; directions are written for either method.

Yield: serves 2 generously or 4 modestly

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 1 to 5 minutes (depending on microwave or oven method)

Total Time: about 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Guacamole
1 medium ripe avocado, mashed

juice of 1/2 lime, or to taste
pinch salt, to taste
1/4 cup pico de gallo (equal mixture tomatoes and white onions with a pinch of cilantro), optional
1/4 cup bell pepper, diced small (any color), optional
2 tablespoons jalepeno peppers diced small, optional
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Nachos
4 cups yellow or white corn tortilla chips
2 cups shredded queso quesadilla (found near the Mexican cheeses in your grocer's cheese case; or substitute with Monterey Jack)
1/3 cup pico de gallo
1/4 cup bell pepper, diced small (any color), optional
2 tablespoons jalepeno peppers diced small, optional 
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
sour cream, optional for serving

Directions:

  1. Guacamole - Peel and de-seed the avocado. Scoop out and mash the flesh in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the lime juice, salt to taste, and stir to combine.
  3. Optionally based on what you like in your guacamole, add pico de gallo, bell pepper, jalepenos, cilantro, and stir to combine; set guacamole aside.
  4. Nachos - On a large microwave-safe platter or in a shallow bowl (or preheat oven to 375F and use an oven-safe skillet or baking sheet), add half the chips and sprinkle with half the cheese.
  5. Top with the remaining chips, and sprinkle with remaining cheese making sure all the chips are nicely covered.
  6. Microwave until cheese has melted, about 1 minute on high power (or bake until cheese has melted, about 5 to 10 minutes).
  7. Add the guacamole to the center of the nachos and sprinkle with pico de gallow.
  8. Optionally and evenly sprinkle with bell pepper, jalepenos, and cilantro.
  9. Optionally add a dollop of sour cream before serving. Nachos are best warm and fresh.

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46 Responses to “Loaded Guacamole Nachos”

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    Marina @ Cosmetics & Crumbs — August 27, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I LOVE GUACOMOLE! And these look scrumptious! :)

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    lisatberry — August 28, 2014 at 2:59 am

    These nachos are so colorful who wouldn’t want to eat the whole dish…I’m with you on guacomole..it’s so good…I often eat a tomato hollowed out and stuffed with guac..so good you have to try it.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 28th, 2014 at 7:51 am

      I actually do that with tomatoes! It cuts down on the (mindless and sodium-laden) quantity of chips I could eat otherwise. I also do the same thing with zucchini or cucumbers and/or slice into rounds and use the rounds as chips.

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    ahu — August 28, 2014 at 3:10 am

    There is literally no better after-work snack in the summer than a huge plate of nachos and a margarita :) Yum!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 28th, 2014 at 7:50 am

      a huge plate of nachos and a margarita <— that has been summer 2014, quite a bit for me :)

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    Paula — August 28, 2014 at 3:36 am

    I think these would be great for the next office party. My co-workers all love chips, guac, salsa and queso dip–and these nachos have it all! They are so visually appealing too with those bright pops of tomato and pepper.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 28th, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Paula this was like my dream dinner :) I think your co-workers would be very happy! If you try it, LMK!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — August 28, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Yes, yes and yes! I am always making nachos for dinner when I am home along but to be honest I could have it every night for dinner and be so happy. This plate full with your toppings is like a dream come true for me.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 28th, 2014 at 7:49 am

      I could & would eat nachos with guac for dinner every night if I could get away with it!

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    movita beaucoup — August 28, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Okay, I love guacamole, and I love nachos. Why have I separated the two for so long? Why has the guacamole been forced to live alongside the nachos in a soulless bowl? From now on, the guacamole will live ON TOP of the nachos. Those whom the Chef hath joined together let no man put asunder!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 28th, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Glad you are inspired to combine two of the best foods in the world now :)

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    Maryea {happy healthy mama} — August 28, 2014 at 3:50 am

    My youngest and I can (and do!) make a meal out of guacamole. I love this!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 28th, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Me too! Can I come over for dinner? :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 28, 2014 at 5:03 am

    The more guac, the better! These nachos look perfect Averie!

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    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — August 28, 2014 at 5:11 am

    You had me at guacamole, Averie! These nachos look amazing! So want this for breakfast right now!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 28th, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Nachos for breakfast – totally okay in my book :)

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    Mira L — August 28, 2014 at 5:39 am

    So easy and it looks beautiful as always! Great for a quick crunchy dinner!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 28th, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Nachos for dinner! Love the way you think :)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — August 28, 2014 at 7:07 am

    You know, I bet I could eat an entire bag of chips in one sitting if left to my own devices, especially if there is cheese and guac involved. LOVE and pinned of course!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 28th, 2014 at 7:46 am

      I have to put out a pile and say to myself that.is.it. When those are done, you’re done. Now, in the meantime, I will pile each chip with so much guac that it almost breaks. Next time I see you, it’s all about the drinks and the guac :)

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    Kari Peters — August 28, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I basically live on guacamole so this is the perfect meal for me! I totally agree with you about homemade guac – so easy and much tastier, although I do buy it sometimes anyways when we’re traveling for convenience sake!

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    Katie — August 28, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I LOVE NACHOS!!!!

    I used to eat them Every.Single.Day in college. Every day. No joke. I didn’t like guac back then, because I was crazy.

    I hate that all the loaded nachos at restaurants come with beans and not guac. Because guac >>>>> beans, and THIS is the recipe that they should be using!! I’d eat at your restaurant any day!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 28th, 2014 at 7:45 am

      I know you love avocados and I totally agree that guac wayyyyy trumps beans. I mean I do like beans on nachos (or on the side for a dunk or two) but the guac is where it’s at :) I used to eat nachos every day in college for about a year, too! The memories :) I was also biking around campus every day and for about 6 mos didn’t even drive so I could get away with my daily nachos.

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    ami@naivecookcooks — August 28, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I am a big guacamole fan!! Loving this idea!

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    heather @french press — August 28, 2014 at 8:48 am

    my kids would live happily ever after on these nachos = gorgeous as always Averie

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 28th, 2014 at 8:56 am

      I’d get along quite well with your kids then :)

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — August 28, 2014 at 10:43 am

    These nachos are what my dreams are made of. Seriously your first statement is so true (and I live by many days). Meal out of guac. YUM. Pinned. Drooled.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 29th, 2014 at 12:42 am

      I can often and easily make dinner out of guac :) Thanks for pinning! I’m thinking between this guac and your watermelon salsa, we could throw a real fiesta :)

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    Evie {Domestic Whimsy} — August 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

    This recipe echoes the way I like to make nachos. Lots of fresh ingredients, flavors and textures. Make it a main course with a salad/vegetable on the side…a quick weeknight dinner with easy clean-up!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 29th, 2014 at 12:42 am

      I have no problem making guac the main course, that’s for sure :)

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    Eve @ Baking the Day — August 28, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Homemade guac is seriously amazing, but now with cheese and tortilla crisps? This looks so vibrant and fresh compared to the nachos you can buy at the cinema with the neon orange “plastic” cheese! Your nachos win, hands down, pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 29th, 2014 at 12:41 am

      LOL plastic cheese and yes, I know exactly what you’re talking about! Thanks for pinning!

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    Mary Frances — August 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Yes, preach it! I can make a meal out of guacamole too … although if there is dips and chips I’m not too picky. :) But then cover it all in cheese? Why even serve dinner?? Pinning!

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    marla — August 29, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Well Helllloooooo, I need these nachos now. For breakfast. Beautiful photos!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 29th, 2014 at 6:57 am

      I wish we were sharing a plate of these over many margaritas and chit-chat! xoxo

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    DessertForTwo — August 29, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Seriously, I can make a meal off avocado, too. In college, I would cut one in half, sprinkle with lime juice and salt and eat with a spoon. But nachos sound even better!

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    Julia @Vikalinka — August 29, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Gorgeous recipe and photos, Averie! Nachos are my biggest weakness, I am not even joking! I already have dinner planned for tonight but now I am so ready to scrap the plan, feed my kids early and make these nachos for me and my husband! Yum!

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — August 29, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Yuuuuuum! I really wish I was eating a plate of these nachos right now. And it’s only 9am!!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — August 29, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    oooooooooooooooooooooh yes yes! I want a huge plate!

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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine — August 29, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    There is NOTHING better than a huge plate of nachos. Except maybe a plate of nachos with a huge scoop of guac! Those photos are gorgeous!

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    Annie Standing — August 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Oh, how I love Guac and Nachos! Possibly two of my favourite things ever, got to try these :)

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    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen — September 3, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I’m such a guacamole fan…these look so good!!

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