Trash Can Nachos with Recipe and Tips

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A plate of nachos is great…but a TOWER of nachos is literally next-level. Impress your game day guests by serving up this cheesy, spicy, full-of-flavor, app, made for sharing. It’s inspired by Guy Fieri, so you know it’s gonna be good.

small tomatoes, chopped
1/2 c. diced red onion
jalapeño, seeded and minced
1/4 c. freshly chopped cilantro
1 tbsp. lime juice

Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika
cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 c. whole milk
2 c. shredded cheddar

Kosher salt and Freshly ground black pepper

(12-oz.) bag thick tortilla chips
(15.5-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 c. shredded cheddar
1 lb. sour cream Cholula® Original Hot Sauce, for drizzling
  1. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until no pink remains, about 6 minutes. Drain excess fat, then add garlic, cumin, paprika, and Cholula Original, and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  1. In a medium pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir, 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk, then continue to cook over medium, stirring constantly until thickened, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in Cholula and 2 cups cheddar. Season with salt and pepper.
  1. Set aside ½ cup of the pico de gallo, ½ cup of the cheese, and ½ cup of the sour cream, for garnishing the nachos.
  2. In the bottom of a 110-oz. tin can spread a thin layer of cheese sauce. Using a ¼ of the nacho chips, make an even nacho chip layer over the cheese sauce. Top with ⅓ of the remaining cheese sauce, ⅓ of the cooked beef, ⅓ of the black beans, ⅓ of the remaining shredded cheese, ⅓ of the remaining pico de gallo, and ⅓ of the remaining sour cream. Drizzle with Cholula.
  3. Repeat layering the chips, cheese sauce, beef, black beans, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, and Cholula two more times. Layer the remaining nacho chips on top.
  4. Place a dinner plate on top of the can and carefully flip over and slowly remove the tin from the nachos, leaving a nacho tower behind. Top the nacho tower with the reserved sour cream, shredded cheese, and pico de gallo. Drizzle with Cholula before serving.

If you don’t want to buy a super large can, you can also use a springform pan. Your tower won’t be as tall, but it’ll still be AMAZING.

Guy Fieri’s Trash Can Nachos


“SMC” (super melty cheese):
2 cups Half & Half
½ pound Velveeta Cheese (cubed)
½ pound Smoked Gouda (shredded)
½ pound White Cheddar (shredded)
1 tsp Worcestershire
½ tsp Tabasco

Black Bean Puree:
2 – 15oz cans Black Beans (drained, rinsed)
1/3 cup Chicken Stock
¼ tsp Cumin (ground)
¼ tsp Chipotle Pepper (ground)
½ tsp Garlic (granulated)

Pickled Red Onions:
2 cups Red Onions (julienne)
½ cup Water
½ cup Red Wine Vinegar
¼ cup Grenadine
3 Tbls Sugar
2 tsp Salt Kosher
1 Tbls Dijon Mustard

Pico De Gallo:
2 cups Roma Tomatoes (small dice)
½ cup White Onion (small dice)
2 Jalapenos (seeded, minced – leave the seeds in if you like it spicier)
2 Tbls Cilantro (chopped)
2 Tbls Lime Juice
1 tsp Garlic (fresh minced)
1 tsp Salt Kosher
¼ tsp Black Pepper (freshly ground)

Trash Can Nachos:
16 oz/wt Corn Tortilla Chips (thick, good quality tortillas, large triangle pieces, fresh fried preferable)
3 cups SMC (super melty cheese)
2 cups Black Bean Puree
12 oz/wt Smoked Brisket (cubed) or substitute with your favorite protein like carne asada or grilled chicken breast or grilled shrimp
½ cup Guy’s Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce
2 cups Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
¾ cup Sour Cream
2 cups Pico De Galo
2 Jalapenos (thinly sliced rounds, seeds and all)
2 T Pickled Red Onions (drained) Cilantro Leaves (garnish)


Prep Time: 35 minutes | Total Time: 60 minutes | Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep-Ahead Tip: The protein, black bean puree, pico de gallo, and pickled red onions can all be prepped a day in advance before your event.

To make the SMC (super melty cheese), place a small sauce pot on medium heat and add the half & half. Bring to a simmer then reduce the heat to low and start by whisking in the Velveeta cheese until it fully melts. Once the Velveeta has completely melted add the white cheddar, smoked gouda, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce then continue to whisk on low heat till all the cheese is fully melted. Set aside and keep warm.

To make the black bean puree, use a hand immersion blender or food processor, and add ¾ of the rinsed black beans, chicken stock, and spices then blend into a puree. Fold in the last ¼ of the whole black beans for texture.

Make the pickled red onions: In a small sauce pot add all the ingredients except onions and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, pour the pickling liquid over the julienned red onions making sure they are submerged and allow them to pickle for a minimum of 90 minutes. Cover and cool in the fridge. To make the pico de gallo, add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and fold together.

Note: The goal in assembling the Trash can Nachos is to get a little bit of SMC, black bean puree, diced protein, Guy’s BBQ sauce, and shredded cheddar on every chip so each bite is loaded with fixings.

To assemble the Trashcan Nachos, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and on a non-stick baking pan lay out a single layer of chips. Begin dressing the chips by first drizzling the warm SMC over followed by black bean puree, shredded cheddar, diced brisket (or your choice of protein), and Guy’s Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ sauce. Place the nachos into the preheated oven and bake for 5-7 minutes until hot and melty.

Serving Suggestions:
If you have a used #10 can available, clean it thoroughly then remove the bottom and top (but leave the top hinged) making sure there are no sharp edges. Place the can on the plate, and drizzle some cheese sauce on a plate inside the can. Using a spatula stack layers of the baked trash can nachos inside the can to about 1 inch from the top. Garnish with a drizzle of sour cream, pico de gallo, sliced jalapenos, drained pickled red onions, and fresh cilantro. Serve by carefully lifting the #10 can reveal the stack of trash can nachos.

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