Potchos - Potato Chip Nachos

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Potato Chip Nachos 
Potchos - Potato Chip Nachos.  I wanted to share a simple nacho recipe with you today that I think you are going to fall in love with. Nachos are something we have been enjoying in my family for a very long time.

We love LOVE Mexican food or Tex Mex.  Its is one of our favourite cuisines.  If  Tex Mex is on the menu, we can't get to the table fast enough!  We especially love nachos, and who doesn't!

Potato Chip Nachos 
At their very basic Nachos make a great snack, but they are also something which you can really amp and make into a meal!  It all depends on the toppings you decide to include, and what you decide to serve them with.

My family especially enjoys them with a spicy ground beef  or a  spicy chicken topping, with plenty of cheese thrown on top and lots of raw vegetable crunch.

Pickled jalapenos are also a favourite, as well as spring onions, olives, peppers, etc.  Today all I had  was onions, peppers and tomatoes. Not to matter, however, as they were flipping delicious!!

Potato Chip Nachos 
Normally the base for nachos is a good tortilla chip/crisp.  You can use plain, white corn, blue corn, spiced, etc.  Whatever you like really.  Today we had none of those and so I decided to improvise and I made Potchos!

Which is just a fancy a$$ name for Potato Chip Nachos!  We had a nice big bag of the ruffled kind.  Plain.  I almost dusted them with some seasonings, but then decided to go old school and just leave them as they were.

Potato Chip Nachos 
I wasn't quite sure how they would turn out, or how they would be received.  But that has never stopped me from trying something new in the past and I wasn't going to let it stop me now.

Normally I also do a ground beef filling (which I have included in the recipe instructions), but I didn't have any of that either. You will simply have to forgive me for it missing in the photograph.

Potato Chip Nachos 
I did have cooked crumbled bacon, so I added that in its place.  Bacon makes everything better don't you think?

I have also made nachos with spiced cooked chicken.  Extremely delicious as well.  Some people like refried beans on theirs also.

Potato Chip Nachos 
Today I kept things pretty simple, largely due to the fact that I didn't have a lot of things to work with. Again, I hope you will forgive me.

I did have some really delicious Tex Mex Cheese. It was a blend and quite spicy. I am not normally a proponent of using pre-grated cheeses, but today I did.  For things like nachos, they work quite well.

Potato Chip Nachos 
At their very simplest Nachos are basically just tortilla chips covered in cheese and salsa.  Personally I think they are delicious no matter how simple or how complicated you go!

Chips and cheese and something to dip them in.  Does it for me every time.  I had been wondering for a few days how they would be if you made them with potato chips. I know . . .  I'm a bit weird that way. My brain can't help itself.

Potato Chip Nachos 
I had also had my Covid shot and wasn't sure if I would be up to cooking anything too complicated.  Its such an unknown entity.  So I decided that for lunch I was going to make us some Potchos.  ( A phrase I coined to describe potato chip nachos.  Again forgive me!) 

I was actually taking a bit of a chance as the people here don't really like to try anything too much out of the ordinary. They do like nachos however.

Potato Chip Nachos 
I have to say I was really REALLY pleased with how they turned out!  If anything we enjoyed then more than the original nachos that we normally make!

Dan declared them to be a winner/winner!  Whew!

Potato Chip Nachos 
Even my sister really liked them.  And she had screwed her face up when I first mentioned them.  

Her opinion was when done and dusted and more importantly tasted . . .  "Its nice to know that you can make tasty nachos even when you don't have any tortilla chips in the house!"

I took that as a compliment as she has pretty discerning taste!

Potato Chip Nachos 
Normally we would enjoy these with some salsa and guacamole as well as sour cream. Unfortunately all we really had was the sour cream today.

I know!  How ill-prepared were we!!  Normally I am much better prepared than that!

Potato Chip Nachos

I can only imagine how very delicious these will be when we make them with everything we normally enjoy on nachos!  They are going to be phenomenal.

I hope no purists are going to jump on here and call me out for ruining the integrity of nachos.  Cooking is supposed to be about stretching the boundaries and creating something delicious to eat from what you have.  I think I did just that.

Potato Chip Nachos

Put it this way . . .  there was nobody complaining.  Nobody.  From a household of very discerning and picky eaters, that was good enough for me! We all enjoyed!  Naughty yes, but also very nice.

Hey, have you tried the Green Tabasco Sauce? I am in love with it and really like it splashed on my Tex Mex goodies.  It was really good on these. I also enjoy it on fried eggs. Its spicy with a nice green jalapeno bite, not as hot as the Red Tabasco Sauce.  I like it much better and it goes especially lovely with cheese!


Potchos -Potato Chip Nachos

Potchos -Potato Chip Nachos

Yield: Variable
Author: Marie Rayner
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 30 Min
This is what you make when you run out of nacho chips. Using potato chips I created something which is just as tasty, if not even more tasty!


  • 1 TBS light olive oil
  • 1 pound minced steak
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 TBS Taco seasoning
  • fine sea salt to taste
  • 3 cups (360g) Tex Mex blend cheese
  • 1 large bag of thick ruffle edged potato chips
Toppings as desired:
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • chopped sweet bell peppers
  • chopped spring onions
  • chopped green and black olives
  • drained and rinsed black or pinto beans
  • drained and rinsed sweet corn
  • diced tomatoes
To serve: (optional)
  • dairy sour cream
  • tomato salsa (as hot or as mild as desired
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped spring onions
  • hot sauce


  1. Heat the oil in a skillet.  Add the ground beef and scramble fry until browned.  Add the garlic and taco seasoning. Cook until quite fragrant.  Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425*F/225*C/gas mark 7.  Line a large baking tray with some baking parchment.
  3. Scatter the potato chips over top of the baking paper.  Top with the beef mixture.  Scatter the cheese over top and then sprinkle with the toppings as desired. (pickled jalapenos, onions, tomatoes, peppers, etc.)
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese melts and gets all gooey. (about 15 minutes.)
  5. Splash on the hot sauce and serve hot with your favorite accompaniments. Delicious!
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  1. What a clever idea! And why not use potato chips instead of corn chips - though I admit that I'd never thought to so that, but really, why not! I've made something nacho-like, but using potato wedges. I'm sure any Mexican would be horrified, but we liked it. I think The Swede will enjoy this so it will be something I will make for sure.

    And I love both the red and the green tabasco sauces!

    1. I've done it with sliced roasted potatoes and it was yummy. I know Mexicans would be horrified, but whatever. It tastes great! Plus, quick and easy! I hope the Swede does enjoy it! Dan really did! He snuffled them right up! xoxo


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