Best Superbowl Nachos Recipes 

 Originally Written: January 27, 2017

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on August 16, 2017 by Hanna Trafford

nachos_onlineOne of the traditional and popular foods to serve at your Super Bowl party are without a doubt nachos. There are endless ways to make them – and the more often you make them, the more creative you will get. When I make nachos now, I take a good look around my kitchen cupboards and in my refrigerator and the results are always awesome!

Prepping for this coming game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos should be about more than checking your cupboards the day of the big game. Get to the grocery store before the end of the week to avoid line ups and plan out your Nachos. It’s going to make game day a lot more relaxed and fun.

Superbowl Nachos #1 – Traditional Nachos


You can’t go wrong with the traditional Nacho toppings, the beautiful thing about your classic mix is it’s very easy to customize your Nachos. Make sure you have plenty of meat (double meat is always a big hit) and another great tip is to try some exotic peppers, taste is a very personal thing so I won’t tell you exactly what you would personally like but give some variations a shot. Your standard bell pepper is limiting, mix it up with some Jalaepeno (just a bit to add some spice) and for the daring adding a Habanero mix will really spice it up.

One more Nacho tip, make sure you layer your toppings between a thin layer of chips, then repeat. This will ensure that every layer has a tasty topping , there’s nothing worse than getting to the bottom of the platter and being out of toppings!


  • 3 oz Tortilla chips (about 2 large handfuls)
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar or mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup guacamole
  • 1/2 cup refried beans or whole black beans, drained of liquid
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • *Optional- Other topping ideas include sliced black olives, white or red onions and jalapeno rings


  1. Pre-heat broiler on high.
  2. Heat refried beans over low heat until bubbly.
  3. Place half of the chips on an oven proof pie plate and cover with half the cheese.
  4. Carefully add the rest of the chips topped with the remaining cheese.
  5. Place under the broiler for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  6. Carefully remove chips from broiler and drizzle on beans.
  7. Then add dollops of guacamole, sour cream and lastly, sprinkle on the tomatoes.

*If adding meat, freshly cooked is the best option, or re-heat pre-cooked meat until piping hot. Add right after the beans layer.

Superbowl Nachos #2 – Ground Beef Nachos (Bring on the Meat!)



  • 1 package of ground beef (the amount is up to you)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 envelope of taco seasoning, about 1 ounce
  • 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 bag of plain tortilla chips


  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Cook ground beef in a large saucepan or Dutch oven.
  3. Add all ingredients but the cheddar cheese and chips to the pot and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. While it is simmering, pour the chips into a casserole dish.
  5. Spread hot mixture over the chips; sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on top and put in the oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned.

Superbowl Nachos #3 – Chicken Nachos



  • 1 large bag of nacho chips
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 large jar salsa


  1. Line a cookie sheet with foil wrap.
  2. Spread chips evenly on sheet.
  3. Drop small spoonfuls of refried beans on the chips.
  4. Mix Salsa and chicken together, making chicken “wet”.
  5. Pour mixture over the chips evenly.
  6. Top with cheddar cheese.
  7. Broil for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted.

Superbowl Nachos #4 – Alaska King Crab Nachos (Fancy Fancy)



  • 24 won ton wrappers
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

For filling:

  • 1 ripe California avocado
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon wasabi paste
  • 3/4 pound cooked Alaska king crab leg in shell (1 leg), thawed if frozen and split lengthwise

Special equipment:

  • 2 mini-muffin pans

Make won ton cups:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Stack 12 won ton wrappers together and trim stack into a 3-inch square.
  3. Repeat with remaining won tons.
  4. Transfer 1 won ton to an oiled work surface and brush top lightly with some oil.
  5. Top with another won ton and brush lightly with oil.
  6. Repeat with remaining won tons (this way both sides become lightly oiled).
  7. Put 1 won ton into cup of a muffin pan, pressing it gently into bottom and side to form a cup.
  8. Repeat with remaining won tons and sprinkle with salt to taste.
  9. Bake won ton cups in middle of oven until crisp and golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes.
  10. Transfer won ton cups to racks to cool (they will continue to crisp).

Make filling:

  1. Scoop flesh from avocado and mash coarsely with a fork.
  2. Stir in shallot, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and wasabi to taste.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.

To assemble:

  1. Remove crab meat from shell and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Toss crab with remaining tablespoon lime juice and salt to taste.
  2. Spoon guacamole into won ton cups and top with crab.

Superbowl Nachos #5 – BBQ Chicken and Smoked Cheese Nachos



  • 8 to 10 oz. cooked chicken-breast meat, diced
  • 2 Tbs. prepared barbecue sauce
  • 4 to 5 oz. corn tortilla chips
  • 3 oz. shredded smoked mozzarella
  • 3 oz. shredded Monterey Jack
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 recipe Lemon-Pepper Cole Slaw (follows)


  1. Preheat 475-degree oven.
  2. In a small bowl, toss chicken and barbecue sauce until coated.
  3. Arrange chips in single layer on baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle both cheeses evenly over chips. Spoon chicken and onion onto each chip.
  5. Bake nachos for four to six minutes until cheese is bubbly.
  6. Toss coleslaw mix over chips and serve.

Lemon-Pepper Cole Slaw


  • 2 tsp. good-quality mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 cup finely shredded green cabbage


  1. Mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, green onion and pepper.
  2. Toss cabbage with dressing just before serving.

Superbowl Nachos #5 – Chinese Firecracker Nachos



  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs. peeled, minced ginger
  • 1 lb. lean ground pork
  • 2 Tbs. Chinese chilli garlic sauce
  • 2 Tbs. hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbs. toasted sesame seeds
  • 4 to 5 oz. corn tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded Muenster
  • 3 oz. napa cabbage, finely shredded
  • 3 to 4 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 1 green onion, chopped


  1. In a skillet, warm oil over medium heat, then stir-fry ginger until it softens–about one minute.
  2. Raise heat to high, add pork and crumble into bits.
  3. Stir in chilli garlic sauce and hoisin sauce and continue breaking up pork.
  4. Add sesame seeds.
  5. Cook until most of the juices have evaporated.
  6. Preheat 475-degree oven.
  7. Arrange chips on baking sheet, sprinkle cheese over chips, then pork mixture.
  8. Bake for four to six minutes until cheese is bubbly.
  9. Toss cabbage with vinegar.
  10. Serve nachos with green onion and cabbage sprinkled on top.

Superbowl Nachos #6 – Quick and Easy Nachos (or I forgot to plan!)


Easy nachos cooked in the microwave oven, with jalapeno peppers, cheese, and taco sauce.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute


  • 4 ounces tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • jalapeno pepper slices, optional


  1. Place tortilla chips on a paper plate.
  2. Pour taco sauce over chops.
  3. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese. If desired, top with jalapeno pepper slices.
  4. Microwave on HIGH for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Superbowl Nachos #7 – Grilled Nachos



  • 3-4 dozen tortilla chips
  • 2 cups Monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 4 jalapeno chillies, chopped


  1. Preheat grill to a hot temperature.
  2. Arrange chips in a flat grilling pan.
  3. Cover with other ingredients.
  4. Place on grill and turn off the grill.
  5. Let cook for about 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  6. Keep a close eye on this one to make sure that the cheese melts without burning.

Enjoy these recipes and have a wonderful Super Bowl Sunday!


Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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  • Just finished using the second recipe with TVP instead of meat. It worked great but we are using it for the TV show Walking Dead instead of the Super Bowl. Kids show no interest in Foot Ball, but Zombies and Nachos oh ye I am Super Dad. More so because with a little sour cream on top and some hot sauce drizzled for blood I tell them it is brains.

  • Hi Mama,

    thanks so much for responding. I’m sorry I was fussy when I responded; I just was looking for something a bit beyond “nuke this” for a recipe.

    You’ve been extremely patient with me, and I appreciate it. I’m homesick at times and “taco sauce” doesn’t really help me. I hope this helps people trying to learn a basic introduction to tex-mex.


  • Well, you could probably make your own tortillas, and then fry them up yourself. Or grow your own tomatoes and peppers and make your own salsa.

    One thing I really like about the internet is how transparent it is with the “I have no idea what i’m doing but have a blog” set.

    Thanks a lot for telling me what bags/cans of stuff I should assemble and then microwave. This has been really helpful!

    • Hi JuJu,

      The article was meant to be very simple and certainly growing your own tomatoes would be a fantastic idea. Going back to why this particular post is about assembling various types of nacho plates: it’s intended for people looking for something quick and simple to put together for the Super Bowl, rather than how to make your own tortilla chips.

      Having said that, a post on making your own tortillas is a fantastic idea! As far as your post about no one here knowing what their doing, we’ll ignore that since it’s just mean spirited.

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