Restaurant Style Nachos with Chipotle Crema

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A few nights ago, Marc’s hockey team had their end of the season party and a bar/restaurant near the stadium, and we all went for drinks and dinner. I ordered nachos and Marc got a club sandwich. After two hours of waiting for these meals, we still hadn’t gotten them.

Of course, during this wait, I watched so many people who ordered after us receive their food. Needless to say, I was starving and disappointed, so I canceled my order and we went to a different restaurant nearby. But, I couldn’t get the idea of nachos out of my head.

This recipe is not dairy free. It was published before Simply Whisked went dairy free, but I have chosen not to remove it as a reference for incoming traffic. Feel free to swap dairy free substitutes for the ingredients to make it dairy free.

Love nachos? If you’re looking for some dairy free nachos, try my favorite BBQ pulled pork nachos recipe.

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I was still thinking about them the next morning, so I went to the grocery store and bought everything I needed to make them. I was on a mission for cheesy chips, but I wanted them to be amazing – maybe even better than the restaurant style nachos I was teased with the night before. So, these needed to be good. I knew there had to be beef, onions, cheese, olives, jalapeños. All the usual toppings, but as I walked around the grocery store, I made the decision to take it one step further. I wanted to make some nachos that Marc would eat too.

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Enter refried beans. I mixed them with some salsa and make a “creamy” kind-of topping for the nachos, so that the part without cheese wouldn’t be sad and depressing. I bought some guac, too, but the beans really made a huge difference for these nachos.

While Ellie was napping, I prepped this intense afternoon snack. I took my time and got everything ready to go, but I wasn’t actually hungry yet. So I decided to go even further and make a chipotle crema to go with them. I had the time and the ingredients, so why not, right? It was seriously the best decision I’ve made in a week.

Restaurant Style Nachos with Chipotle Crema | simplywhisked.com

These nachos turned out so great. They were without-a-doubt better than any nachos I could have gotten at that restaurant, and I spent the rest of that afternoon picking at a cookie sheet of nachos. It was a great lunch/snack/dinner.

Quick tip: don’t use reduced fat or fat free cheese for your nachos. It just doesn’t melt the same as regular cheese. I made that mistake myself and ended up having to add some shredded mozzarella to save mine. Don’t make the same mistake as me.

Restaurant Style Nachos with Chipotle Crema | simplywhisked.com

This would be a great idea for using up leftover taco meat. Maybe I’ll even start making extra taco meat so I can make nachos the next day.


Restaurant Style Nachos with Chipotle Crema

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


For the chipotle creme:

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 chipotle pepper (from a can with adobo sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the nachos:

  • Cooked taco meat (about 1 pound ground chuck, cooked with taco seasoning)
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1/41/2 cup salsa (depending on thickness of salsa)
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • Pickled jalapeño slices (or fresh, if preferred)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 small can, sliced black olives (about 1/2 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F (200˚C).
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the crema ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the refried beans and salsa. Set aside.
  4. Lin a baking sheet with tortilla chips. Sprinkle with a small layer of cheese.
  5. Top with taco meat and drop spoonfuls of refried bean mixture on top of the chips.
  6. Evenly sprinkle with bell pepper, green onion, and jalapeño slices. Top with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.
  8. Remove from oven and top with olives and chipotle crema.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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