The only thing better than nachos are Loaded Carnitas Nachos! With a few helpful tricks, you can have this amazing, homemade appetizer on your table in minutes!
When a craving hits you at 10pm at night, you just gotta go for it sometimes.
Now that my husband has been gone for a solid two months, I can safely say that I stay up late at night and worry…and then crave foods.
I worry about everything and then crave everything.
It’s typically very manageable because I don’t ever have the items on hand to make what I’m craving. But the other night when this Mama wanted nachos, she opened up her laptop, navigated over to ClickList and made all her nacho dreams come true.
Incase you’re wondering, ClickList is an online grocery ordering service through Fred Meyer (a Kroger store) and it is glorious. Basically, I order groceries from my bed late at night and then I go pick them up the next morning. Read: I don’t have to get out of the car! They bring all my groceries to me and they load them up.
Having no husband around makes it difficult to want to get out of the car to grocery shop, especially when you have a squirmy worm of a 15-month old who is interested in anything but sitting still. For all you busy ladies and gents out there, this service is 100% for you!
So, I use ClickList 1-4 times a week and I’m not ashamed about it in the least. I order my groceries between 10pm and 1am and I usually schedule to pick up around 11am the next morning. I use the service so frequently, the employees are starting to recognize me. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but whatever.
I like that they know the crazy Mom with the screaming boys who demand their windows be open no matter what the weather.
So, these guys loaded up my van and I was eating my Loaded Carnitas Nachos by noon.
Here is the recipe on how to make them:
Start by laying out everything you’ll need for these Nachos. (Let’s pretend I remembered to put the can of corn in this photo, ok?)
The main star of this recipe are these pre-made Pork Carnitas. I saw them when I was browsing ClickList for fun (because that is seriously what I consider fun these days…) Oh man, are they good. Just reheat according to package directions and shred into small pieces. I suppose you could cut it, but I like the shredded look.
If my husband were here, he would eat this whole plate of Carnitas and forget all about the Nachos conveniently. But thankfully that is not the case.
Lay out an entire bag of yellow corn chips (Simple Organic Brand is what I used) onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Cover those chips with lots of cheese and the shredded carnitas.
Like so! Also, sprinkle on the black beans and the corn and then the remaining cheese.
Looking good, right?
So we will put these into a hot oven to melt the cheese completely. Watch it carefully 🙂 We are’t using the broiler because that would just melt the top layer of cheese and we want it to melt ALL of the cheese evenly.
The fresh ingredients you’ll be topping these with: red onion, cilantro, tomatoes and lime wedges.
Then, once the nachos are done and the cheese is completely melted, add those fresh toppings and serve immediately.
I never thought I’d be the girl to crave nachos at 10pm at night, but here we are.
I could get used to this….
Be sure to scroll down for the printable recipe and all my recipe tips!
Recipe Links and Tips
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I really like my half sheet pan for this recipe. It is the perfect size for the amount of chips in the 9 oz. bag of Simple Truth Organic Chips.
The knife I used to cut all my veggies pictured above is from Fred Meyer! The line is called ‘Dash of That’ and these new home goods and kitchen products are going to be availabe in store soon! Keep your eyes peeled!
Don’t use the broiler for this recipe! The top layer of cheese will melt perfectly, but the bottom layer won’t before the top is all dried out. Bake it at a high temperature, and this will solve your problem 🙂
For easy clean up, use my good friend parchment paper! I will never go without parchment paper.
I used a cookie scoop to add my guacamole and sour cream to the middle of my pan of nachos. Feel free to just serve on the side. It’s probably just as good, though not as pretty 😉
Loaded Carnitas Nachos
- 16 oz. container Kroger Carnitas Seasoned Pork
- 9 oz. bag yellow corn tortilla chips I used Simple Truth Organic
- 1 16 oz. bag Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese I used Kroger
- 15.25 oz. can black beans rinsed and drained
- 15.25 oz. can sweet corn drained
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 large red onion finely diced
- 3 roma tomatoes diced
- 1 lime cut into wedges
- sour cream and guacamole for serving
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Start heating Carnitas according to package directions.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread entire bag of tortilla chips in one even layer. Sprinkle half of the cheese overtop of the chips. Add the black beans and corn.
Shred warm Carnitas, discarding any fat as you go. Add Carnitas to the top of the nachos and then sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. While nachos are cooking, prepare fresh toppings.
Once nachos are finished baking, sprinkle with cilantro, onions, tomatoes, lime wedges, sour cream and guacamole. Serve immediately.
This post was created in partnership with Kroger. All opinions expressed are completely my own.