Irish Nachos

Who else is missing good ol’ Pub Grub? Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands and make it yourself! My husband and I absolutely love going out to brewery and sharing a beer tasting flight and a plate of nachos. So I decided to figure out my own recipe so we can have a little date night in our own backyard! Simple yet delicious – you are going to love these Irish Nachos

Irish Nachos

Typically, Irish Nachos are potato rounds or wedges topped with cheese, bacon, scallions and sour cream. In an effort to make it a “full meal” I added in some pork! And it was so good. I like to use wedges because they hold up a little better – you could eat with your hands if you are so inclined.

The Jalapeno Cheese sauce is the star of this dish. It is so simple (basically mac & cheese sauce with jalapenos added in) but so full of flavor! My husband likes to bring a dish of it out for added cheesy goodness while he eats – LOL! And then -of course – that BACON! If you have be following me at all, you know how much I love bacon. I always have bacon at the ready in my freezer and refrigerator. Because so many recipes are just better with bacon and this one is no different!

Irish Nachos

If you need more great pub style food recipes, check out my Brew House Nachos and my Beer-Battered Onion Rings. You really can make great little date night at home with some resturant style food, a few different beers to try out (look for the single bottle ones at your grocery stores). You can make a little tasting flight and enjoy the evening!

These Nachos are also great for the whole family to dig into. My kids love it when I make one of my nacho creations – because it’s cheese and you get to eat it with your hands! If the jalepeno is too hot for your kiddos – or you (no judgement here!) – you could switch them out for a can of diced green chilies or omit the all together.

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Irish Nachos

Crispy Potatoes topped with jalapeno cheese sauce, pork and BACON!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, cheese, irish nachos, nachos, potato, potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 4 Scallions chopped
  • 1 lb Bacon cut into ½-in pieces
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 Jalapeno cut into coins, seeds removed

For Potatoes

  • lb Russet Potatoes cut into wedges
  • ¾ cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Paprika

For Cheese Sauce

  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 4oz can Diced Jalapenos

For the Pork

  • 4 Pork Chops boneless
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredient. Preheat oven to 425 deg.
  • In a bowl, combine ingredients for potatoes and toss until well coated. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and put potatoes on sheet in a single layer. Put into oven to cook for 25 minutes.
  • In a frying pan over medium high heat, add bacon pieces and cook until crispy. Remove to paper towel covered plate. Reserve bacon grease in pan.
  • Season pork chops with listed seasonings and add them to bacon grease in frying pan. Cook for 7 minutes on each side and remove to rest for at least 5 minutes. Then chop into bite-sized pieces. Reserve remaining bacon grease in pan.
  • While pork is cooking, start the cheese sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter and garlic powder. Once melted whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in chicken brother and cook for 3 minutes. Whisk in heavy cream and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in cheese by the handful and cook another 2 minutes. Stir in jalapenos. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally until ready to build nachos.
  • Increase heat on frying pan with bacon grease to medium high. Once potatoes are done in oven, quickly fry them in the bacon grease to crisp them up. Just 2-3 minutes. Remove to a paper towel covered plate.
  • You can build nachos on individual plates or a family style platter. Start with potatoes, pour cheese sauce over and sprinkle with pork and bacon. Pour a little more cheese sauce over then top with scallions and jalapeno coins.

Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

5 thoughts on “Irish Nachos

  1. Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons – Oakland, CA – I live in Northern California of the USA, splitting my time between our home and large garden on the coast in Fort Bragg and a smaller place outside San Francisco. I have always love spending time in the kitchen, sharing meals with family and friends. My English born mother was educated in France and ran one of the first traditional French cooking schools in Florida, I learned by being her sous chef and eventually teaching classes with her. Three years ago I was proud to earn my certificate as a Mendocino County Master Gardener, although I had already been gardening in Oakland (ornamental and veggies) for 25 years. There is always so much to learn. I am starting the garden in Fort Bragg and am looking forward to sharing my progress. My family on both sides have always gardened. I have fond memories of my grandparent's garden outside London; and digging potatoes with my father in his vegetable garden in Florida. My education is in microbiology; I worked in labs and biotech for 25 years, often traveling extensively for work. But even with a busy schedule I have managed to have a few of my own fresh vegetables in the back garden. Welcome and thank you for coming along.
    Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons says:

    What can I say??? Nachos and Irish…as an O’Hara it’s just the thing. Thank you for bringing it to FF.

  2. Oh my goodness, this is an amazing flavor burst that we will love! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,499 and hope you have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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