Who doesn’t love nachos? Satisfy your craving for cheesy indulgence with our mouthwatering cast iron nachos. This crowd-pleasing recipe layers tortilla chips with melted cheese, flavorful toppings, and a zesty kick. Baked to perfection in a cast iron skillet, these nachos boast a perfect balance of textures and flavors, making them the ultimate fiesta snack that will have everyone coming back for more. Be sure to check out our suggested pairing below!

cast iron nachos

how to make cast iron nachos


  • 1 bag tortilla chips 
  • 2 – 3 C shredded cheese 
  • 1 – 2 C cooked chicken, diced or shredded 
  • 1 C corn, cooked 
  • ½ C tomatoes, diced 
  • ½ C green bell pepper, diced 
  • ½ C red onion, diced 
  • cilantro, for topping 
  • sour cream, for topping 
  • salsa, for topping 
  • jalapeños, for topping 
  • avocado, for topping 
  • ½ lime squeezed, for topping
ingredients for cast iron nachos


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large cast iron skillet layer ingredients starting with chips, chicken, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, red onion, and cheese. Repeat layers twice to fill the cast iron skillet. 

Bake the nachos in the oven for 12 – 18 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted. 

Remove the cast iron from the oven, and add toppings of sour cream, salsa, jalapeños, avocado, freshly squeezed limes, and cilantro. Enjoy with family and friends.

Buon Appetito!


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Hot tips!

  1. Use sturdy tortilla chips that can hold plenty of toppings without getting soggy.
  2. Layer toppings evenly to ensure every chip gets a delicious coating.
  3. Avoid burning the cheese by evenly spreading it throughout the dish.
  4. Customize with your favorite ingredients like jalapeños, onions, and cilantro.
  5. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, then finish with fresh garnishes. Enjoy the perfect balance of flavors and textures!
  6. Make sure to clean the cast iron appropriately. Here are some tips on how to do that!

To appropriately clean a cast iron pan, follow these steps :

  1. Let it cool: Allow the cast iron pan to cool down completely before cleaning to avoid warping or cracking.
  2. Hand wash: Use hot water and a stiff brush or sponge to gently scrub off any food particles. Avoid using soap, as it can strip the pan’s seasoning.
  3. Use salt or oil: For stubborn stuck-on food, sprinkle some coarse salt on the pan and scrub with a paper towel. Alternatively, you can add a little cooking oil and use it to loosen the residue.
  4. Rinse and dry: Rinse the pan thoroughly to remove any remaining debris. Dry the pan immediately with a clean towel to prevent rusting.
  5. Seasoning: After cleaning, lightly coat the cast iron pan with a thin layer of oil to maintain its seasoning and prevent rust.
  6. Store properly: Store the cast iron pan in a dry place with a paper towel or cloth between pans to prevent scratches.

Remember … Avoid soaking, using harsh abrasives, or using the dishwasher, as these can damage the seasoning and reduce the effectiveness of your cast iron pan. Proper care of a cast iron pan can last for generations, and become even more non-stick over time!

Suggested Pairing for cast iron nachos

Enhance your fiesta experience by pairing our loaded cast iron nachos with a refreshing frozen mango mezcal margarita. The margarita’s tropical sweetness and smoky mezcal undertones perfectly complement the bold and savory flavors of the nachos.

cast iron nachos


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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