Planning weekend football snacks? These Pizza Nachos will be a big hit at game time! Repost from November 2012.
Football season is a fun one at our house. My husband and I both enjoy watching football. We don’t always cheer for the same team (that is what makes it interesting) but we do agree that good food has to be a part of the football festivities. One of my husband’s latest obsessions is Dax Phillips’ amazing Pizza Nachos. I saw the recipe on Tasty Kitchen and knew Josh would love them. I decided to make them on football Sunday for a half-time snack and they were a hit!
To make the Pizza Nachos, you will need: butter, olive oil, garlic, heavy cream, milk, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, Parmesan cheese, tortilla chips, onion, pepperoni, black olives, green pepper, and Colby Jack cheese.
First, make the garlic cream sauce. Melt the butter, along with the olive oil, on medium to low heat.
Once melted, add in the minced garlic and stir.
Turn the heat up to medium-high. Add in the cream and milk and stir.
Keep stirring until it comes to a boil.
Add in the salt, pepper, and chili flakes, and Parmesan cheese. Continue stirring. The sauce will thicken pretty quick, so make sure you keep stirring.
Once the sauce is thickened, remove from the burner, and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400ºF and start building your nachos in an oven-proof dish. First, add the tortilla chips.
Next, drizzle the garlic cream sauce all over the chips.
Top with the onions, pepperoni, olives, and bell pepper.
Finish the nachos off by adding the Colby Jack cheese.
Place in the preheated oven, and cook until the cheese is nice and bubbly and the veggies are warmed through, roughly 7 minutes or so.
Remove from the oven and serve warm.
Pizza and nachos are two of Josh’s favorite foods; now he can enjoy them all at once. These nachos are the ultimate game day snack. I love that the recipe is adaptable, too. If pepperoni isn’t your thing, leave it off. Try adding mushrooms, artichokes, roasted red peppers, chicken, etc. Top the nachos with your favorite pizza toppings. The options are endless!
Thanks Dax for the recipe. You have earned me major brownie points with the hubs. Josh always requests Pizza Nachos on game day now. Make sure you visit Dax’s blog, Simple Comfort Food, for more mouthwatering recipes and photos.
A new take on standard nachos by jazzing them up pizza style. Your nachos will never be the same.
- FOR THE GARLIC CREAM SAUCE:
- 1-½ Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- ½ Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 3 cloves Garlic, Minced (or Use A Microplane If You Have It)
- ½ cups Heavy Cream
- ¼ cups 2% Milk
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1 pinch Cracked Black Pepper
- 1 pinch Red Pepper Flakes
- ¼ cups Parmesan Cheese, Grated
- FOR THE NACHOS:
- Your Favorite Crispy Tortilla Chips
- ½ cups Garlic Cream Sauce (Recipe Included)
- ¼ cups Onion, Diced
- ½ cups Pepperoni, Cut Into Bite Size Pieces
- ½ cups Black Olives Sliced
- ½ whole Green Bell Pepper, Seeds Removed, Diced
- 1 cup Colby-Jack Cheese, Shredded
Start by making your sauce. Begin by melting the butter, along with the olive oil on medium to low heat. Once melted, toss in the minced garlic, and give a good stir. Raise the heat up to medium, to medium-high. Add in the cream and milk and give a good stir. Keep stirring until it comes to a boil. Toss in the salt, pepper, and chili flakes, along with the cheese, and continue stirring. The sauce will thicken pretty quick, so continue to stir. Once the sauce is thickened, remove from the burner, and set aside.
When you are ready to make your nachos, preheat your oven to 400ºF. I used a cast iron fajita skillet for this. If you do not have one, don’t worry, simply build your nachos on an oven-proof dish. First add your chips. Drizzle the garlic cream sauce all over the chips. Top with the onions, pepperoni, olives, and bell pepper. Make sure you get in there and do some great layering, leaving no chip behind.
Top with the Colby Jack cheese. Place in the preheated oven, and cook until the cheese is nice and bubbly and the veggies are warmed through, roughly 7 minutes or so.
As I sat down in front of the television to watch some football, I said to my wife that these could be my go-to nachos from here on out. Something about those deluxe pizza flavors when placed on a tortilla chip just gets your taste buds rocking. Give these a try and let me know what you think!
The great thing about these pizza nachos, much like any nacho, is that you can make them your own way. Don’t like pepperoni? Try something else. Don’t like olives? Try artichokes, or broccoli, or heck, you can see where I’m heading. Use your imagination. I can guarantee you will love them. By the way, the garlic cream sauce will keep in the fridge for a handful of days. Feel free to use the leftover sauce on a pizza.
Maria and her husband Josh (who she affectionately refers to as her “dough boy”) blog at Two Peas and Their Pod. They’ve been featured on Saveur, Eatocracy, Gourmet Live, Glamour, and the Los Angeles Times, to name just a few. They’d also just recently added a little pea to their pod. We’re so glad to have them here!