Carnitas skillet nachos loaded up with all the good stuff; refried beans, jack cheese, jalapeños, onions, tomatoes and we can't forget some homemade guacamole. The only thing better than tacos are nachos. Because nachos are EASY. Right!? Everything gets loaded on to a pan, baked and that's it! Cleanup is relatively easy too because you didn't need a bowl for each side.
These carnitas nachos are a tribute to a restaurant that Mike and I used to get these HUGE nachos at. Technically they were an appetizer (and we ordered them as such) but by the time dinner came we were always so full. You would think we would learn our lesson! But we never did.
When we have family over I love to make these. Because everyone just gathers around and pulls from it.
It starts with tortilla chips followed up with refried beans, juicy and tender shredded carnitas, jack cheese, jarred jalapeños (oh yeah baby!), onions, tomatoes, sour cream and a perfect guacamole!
Fun fact, the first time I ever had jarred jalapeños was when I had these at that restaurant i just mention on said nachos! I am seriously addicted and any time we have nachos I pile them on, something about that tangy spice. I can't get enough. What about you? Jalapeño lover or hater?
The guacamole for this recipe is super simple. I keep tomatoes out of it since tomatoes are on the nachos. But it has white onion, cilantro, lemon and lime juice and then just pile it high on top.
This recipe is a relaxed one. I don't give a lot of specific measurements. Because nachos aren't really a measurement game, it's like put more on if you like a certain thing, leave some off if you like less of that. One part you don't want to skimp on is the cheese. And you have to figure that this feeds 4-6 adults and it's also 3 layers so the cheese goes fast.
Do you LOVE southwest style food? Try some of my favorites!
Perfect Pico De Gallo
Chicken Street Tacos with Chipotle Aioli
Famous Strawberry Margaritas
Cilantro Lime Rice
Steak Frites and Guacamole
Carnitas (recipe here), already prepared
1 8 oz bag tortilla chips
1 can refried beans
16 oz jack cheese, shredded
2 tbsp white onion
1/2 lime, juiced
squeeze of lemon juice
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chilli powder
pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 375
Spray a skillet with cooking spray or grease with choice of oil
Layer the nachos in this order for a total of 3 layer
chips > refried beans > carnitas > onions > tomatoes > jalapeños > cheese > REPEAT
Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden around the edges (you want the underneath layers to also be melted)
Once out of the oven let it sit a few minutes
Top with guacamole and sour cream