Carne Asada Nachos Recipe

Meghan Yager | Cake 'n Knife

When I want the best nachos EVER, I reach for the carne asada nachos. With this carne asada, you get all the flavor without hours of work, along with plenty of cheese, veggies, avocado, hot sauce, and MORE.

Nachos are kinda a thing for me. More like an obsession.

I remember when I first struck out on my own, after quitting a corporate marketing gig.

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This was a time when nachos were a staple in my diet.

I didn’t have a ton of money to burn as I was saving and trying to make this whole food blogger/recipe developer/food photographer thing work.

So I made nachos. All. The. Time. They weren’t fancy nachos. Actually they were a little sad and boring.

But as I made those nachos on the daily, I thought of all the ways I could up the deliciousness factor of them and started making a list.

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I’ve made the classic loaded nachos and I’ve even made bite-sized nachos with hatch green chile and fries.

These carne asada nachos have been on that list for a long time. I LOVE carne asada, but I’ve always wanted to find a way to make it at home that doesn’t give me a headache.

I want nachos NOW so I don’t want to wait for a marinade.

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This is my shortcut workaround for carne asada that makes a really flavorful meat, ideal for topping chips along with all the other fixings that I personally love to see on nachos.

I love to combine a couple different types of cheeses, along with a drizzle of queso on my nachos because it’s OH SO YUM.

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The heavy dairy gets broken up by the savory meat, tons of vegetables, and freshly chopped cilantro leaves.

Every bite is loaded with flavor and the way that I make them really puts the whole pan of goodness over-the-top.

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Carne Asada Nachos Recipe

    8 Servings


For the Carne Asada:
  • 1 tablespoon White Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
  • zest of one Lime
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds Skirt Steak, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
For the Nachos:
  • 12 ounces Tortilla Chips
  • 8 ounces Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1 Jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup Pico de Gallo, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 Avocado, halved, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream, or Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves, chopped
  • 2 Limes, quartered


  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together white vinegar, soy sauce, lime juice, lime zest, cilantro, garlic, chili powder, and cumin.
  3. Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is simmering, add steak and sauce mixture. Cook until the steak is browned and the sauce is reduced. This will take about 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  4. Spread half of the tortilla chips on the prepared baking sheet. Top with half the cheese, half the jalapeno slices, and half the steak. Repeat these layers with remaining chips, cheese, jalapeno, and steak.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and melted.
  6. Top with pico de gallo, avocado, sour cream, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.



Cooking Method:
Party Food
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6-8 servings
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Author: Meghan Yager
Recipe Yields: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 254
Calories 538

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g
  Saturated Fat 9g
Sodium 535mg
Total Carbohydrate 33g
  Dietary Fiber 4g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 29g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Meghan Yager

About Meghan

Meghan is a girl that's passionate about food - straightforward food that anyone can love. It's what you'll find on her blog, Cake n' Knife. There's not much food more straightforwardly delicious than an avocado, that's why Meghan is our avocado fanatic.

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