Nacho Bar

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A game day party just wouldn’t be the same without nachos! How do you take your nachos? Extra cheese? No jalapenos? Black olives? With a nacho bar, each guest can create their own nacho creation with all their favourite toppings. Simply have each guest fill an aluminum pie plate with tortilla chips and their favourite toppings then pop each tray into the oven, BBQ or toaster oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese. Sounds delicious, right? Let’s get right into all the delicious options.

Nacho Bar Ideas

For this nacho bar, I set up both a Cheesy Nachos side and a Dessert Nachos side. The Cheesy Nachos side is all the regulars like tortilla chips, tomatoes, meats, cheese, etc. The Dessert Nachos side was a sweet version with cinnamon tortillas, cookies, berries, and syrup toppings.

Nacho Bar Sign

Nacho Bar Display

Nacho Bar – Setting The Scene:

You’ll want a lot of small & medium bowls for the toppings. Things like tortilla chips will need an XL bowl while things like black olives can go in a smaller dish. Make sure you set out plenty of spoons and tongs to keep fingers out of the foods and sauces. Guests will need disposable pie plates for their nachos plus plenty of napkins.

For items like meat, you may want to serve it out of a slow cooker to keep it warm.

You may want to label foods or have a menu listing the options. When it comes to nacho toppings though, I think it’s pretty easy to tell what each food is based on its appearance.

Cheesy Nacho Buffet

Dessert Nacho Buffet

Nacho Bar Foods:

For a cheesy nacho bar, some tasty ideas include:

  • plain tortilla chips
  • flavoured tortilla chips (like lime or jalapeno)
  • waffle fries instead of tortilla chips
  • ground turkey mixed with nacho seasoning
  • fajita seasoned chicken strips
  • pulled pork in BBQ sauce
  • chili
  • nacho cheese sauce
  • shredded cheese
  • feta cheese
  • black beans
  • corn
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • black olives
  • jalapenos
  • sour cream
  • guacamole
  • pico de gallo
  • salsa
  • shredded lettuce
  • green onions
  • bell peppers

Cheesy Nacho Bar

Nacho Bar Toppings

Nacho Bar Meats

Nacho Bar Toppings

For a dessert bar, some yummy ideas include:

  • graham crackers
  • tortillas baked with a butter, sugar and cinnamon mixture on top
  • chocolate wafer cookies
  • chocolate sauce
  • strawberry sauces
  • caramel sauce
  • fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas, pineapple, raspberries)
  • candy coated chocolates
  • mini marshmallow
  • chocolate chips

Dessert Nacho Bar

Dessert Nacho Bar Toppings

Cooking and Serving:

Depending on how many guests you have, you may want to have the oven, BBQ and a toaster oven all running at the same time so guests can heat up their nacho plates and melt the cheese. The nacho plates will be hot coming out of the oven or BBQ so you’ll want to consider that when handing over their heated nacho plates. I used paper plates under each aluminum pie plate to make it easier for guests to hold and not burn hands.

I hope your next party is filled with lots of laughter and great food. Remember, bring lots of napkins and wear your stretchiest pants!

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