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Nov 6, 2019

Chorizo Nachos

You will want to make these chorizo nachos the next time you have a few friends over for game day.

Chorizo Nachos

These chorizo nachos begin with restaurant-style corn chips that are drizzled with melty Jack cheese sauce, topped with spicy chorizo, and a sprinkling of cilantro and chives.

These nachos are simple and delicious, with creamy homemade cheese sauce topped with the flavorful meat and fresh herbs. They make a wonderful snack, party dish, and even a casual dinner.

How to Make Nacho Cheese Sauce:

The key to turning grated Monterey Jack cheese into this creamy nacho cheese sauce is the acid from the simmering wine and lemon juice used to use to melt the cheese. It helps prevent the cheese from clumping up as it melts, resulting in a smooth and pourable queso sauce.

Chorizo Nachos with Monterey Jack sauce

You bring white wine and lemon juice to a boil, and then stir in the grated cheese and a tablespoon of cornstarch. The acid in the wine and the lemon juice help keep the cheese smooth and creamy, not clumpy and rubbery. It's pretty magical. 

What kind of chips should you use to make nachos?

For these nachos, I made my own tortilla chips from corn tortillas. They are super easy, and you can make them in advance. To make them, cut the tortillas into triangles, bring about an inch of oil to around 350 degrees F, and fry the triangles in batches, turning them and watching them closely until they are browned. 

Drain them on a paper towel lined plate, lightly sprinkle them with salt, and let them cool before storing in an airtight container. They are really sturdy and able to stand up to any nacho toppings or chilaquiles

If you don't want to fry your own chips, and you have a Mexican/Latino grocery store nearby, look for Casera-Style chips. these chips hold up well to toppings and cheese without getting soggy. 

You could also order chips to go from your favorite Mexican restaurant. 

For grocery store chips, heat them in the oven at 350 degrees for a few minutes to harden them a little. 

Homemade tortilla chips

Make-ahead tips for making these nachos:

You can make both the chips and the chorizo a day in advance. The cheese sauce is best made and served immediately. Fortunately, the recipe is scaleable, so you can make just the right amount. 

Ways to switch up this recipe:

While I haven't tried it yet, I am looking forward to trying this recipe with pepper Jack cheese. 

You could also pour the cheese sauce into a warmed bowl or mini crock pot and serve it as a dip and serve the chorizo and chips on the side.

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Chorizo Nachos

Make these chorizo nachos for game day, a party, or even dinner.

Chorizo nachos with cilantro and chives

Chorizo Nachos

Chorizo Nachos

Yield: 12 servings
You will want to make these chorizo nachos the next time you have a few friends over for game day.


  • 11 ounces raw pork or beef chorizo, removed from casing
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onions
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 12 ounces of tortilla chips, homemade or store bought
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives


How to cook Chorizo Nachos

  1. In a large saute pan, cook the chorizo, breaking it up, for about 6 minutes. Add the onions, and saute for another four minutes, until the onion is translucent. Set aside.
  2. Arrange the chips on a platter.
  3. Bring the wine and lemon juice to a boil and reduce to low. Stir in the cheese and cornstarch and stir briskly with a whisk until the cheese is melted.
  4. Drizzle the cheese sauce over the chips, sprinkle with the chorizo, and top with the herbs.
  5. Serve immediately.
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nachos, appetizers, cheese, tortilla chips, chorizo
Mexican American
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Recipe adapted from my favorite Food Network shows, The Kitchen

Would you like to comment?

  1. Mmmmmm, oozy cheese sauce and chorizo. The perfect combination.

  2. Loving the tip about melting the cheese in wine and lemon juice. I never knew!!

    1. I discovered it when making cheese soup after my cheese glopped and because stringy!

  3. That cheese sauce is just GORGEOUS! This looks amazing!

  4. Beautiful! That cheese sauce looks absolutely incredible and perfect paired with the chorizo.

  5. Wonderful flavors and love these cheesy nachos.

  6. Yes, I will want to make these as soon as I am able!


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