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Carne Asada Nachos Recipe

I have been asked to make carne asada for months now.  It’s a really big deal here in Tucson. We have a bunch of drive thru Mexican food places and you can pretty much bet on them having carne asada tacos, burritos, tortas, fries, nachos, etc.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

When I was planning Meat Week, I kept trying to think about ways I could incorporate carne asada flavors into a burger.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

I’m sure I could have gotten it right eventually, but Sprouts makes such a delicious spice rub that I decided to let them take care of the hard work for me.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

I mean, I love a challenge and all, but you just don’t mess with perfection.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

But you can certainly highlight it but putting it over chips and cheese with a bunch of other fresh ingredients.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

You really can’t go wrong when chips and cheese are involved.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

Cheesy, crunchy, wonderful nachos, topped with a homemade pico de gallo (read: I control the spice level), avocado chunks, and cool sour cream.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

The carne asada meat has the whole sweet/spicy thing going on and that stuff is good.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

Another bonus of this recipe – it kept the kitchen cool. I grilled the carne asada, microwaved the beans, and the pico de gallo is refrigerated, which adds a cool, fresh summery zip to the nachos.

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe : So Very Blessed

This would be super fun for a summer party to have a carne asada nachos bar set up for people to create their own custom plates according to their individual tastes or an easy weeknight dinner.

I love when meals are versatile.

Yields 4-6

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe
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    For the Pico de Gallo
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • juice from 1/2 lime, about 1 Tablespoon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • For the Nachos
  • 1 lb marinated carne asada meat, cooked
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


    For the Pico de Gallo
  1. Combine onion, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro and salt in bowl.
  2. Squeeze the juice from 1/2 lime over the mixture and stir.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or more.
  4. For the Nachos
  5. Heat refried beans according to package directions, then stir in 1/4 tsp garlic powder.
  6. Spread tortilla chips onto a plate.
  7. Top chips with the beans, then sprinkle with cheese. If you want your cheese extra melty, microwave plate for 30-60 seconds.
  8. Spread the meat over the top and sprinkle with avocado pieces.
  9. Top with pico de gallo and sour cream.


This Post Has 5 Comments
  1. Now those look darned good!! I have to agree with you on the burgers issue. He wants a carne asada sandwich and that sounds great but a sandwich it ain't!
  2. Thanks, Rebecca! They tasted pretty darned good, as well! And, see? You get me. I'm going to tell my husband he's been voted down. It's kind of a rule in our marriage - I always win. ;-)

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