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pan of steak nachos

Carne Asada Nachos Recipe - The Ultimate Steak Nachos!

  • Author: Kelly
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes


These Carne Asada Nachos are the ultimate Steak Nachos!  With tender bites of beef, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and topped with pico de gallo, avocado crema, and sour cream – this simple nachos recipe is always a hit at parties and game day gatherings.



For the Carne Asada:

  • 1 pound skirt steak or flank steak
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the cheese nachos:

  • 12 ounces tortilla chips or
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 oz Monterey jack cheese, grated

Optional toppings:

  • Pico de gallo
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado crema
  • Jalapeños
  • Fresh cilantro leaves


Make the Carne Asada:

  1. Combine the marinade ingredients and pour over steak in a dish or in a gallon sized sealable bag. Store in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 2 hours or as long as overnight. The longer you can marinate the meat, the more flavorful and tender it will be.
  2. Grill or pan cook the steak until it reaches the desired doneness (130°-140° for medium rare, 140°-150° for medium, and 150°-160° for medium well). Let rest 5 minutes, then slice against the grain, then into bite-sized pieces.
  3. You can make the Carne Asada up to a few days ahead of time and chop and reheat when you’re ready to serve.


Bake the Tortilla Chips

  1. Spread the chips in a single layer and slightly overlapping in a sheet pan (I used 18 by 13-inch half sheet pan).
  2. Sprinkle the cheese on top, being sure to get cheese on every chip.
  3. Bake in a 375° F oven until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
  4. Optional: For extra crispy baked nachos – bake the chips for 5 minutes before topping with cheese, then return to oven until the cheese is melted.



Add the toppings

  1. You can sprinkle the toppings on top of the chips or, for crispier chips, serve the toppings on the side.
  2. Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Marinating Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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