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
- Pico de gallo
- Sour cream
- Avocado crema
- Fresh cilantro leaves
Make the Carne Asada:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Spread the chips in a single layer and slightly overlapping in a sheet pan (I used 18 by 13-inch half sheet pan).
- Sprinkle the cheese on top, being sure to get cheese on every chip.
- Bake in a 375° F oven until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
- 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
- You can sprinkle the toppings on top of the chips or, for crispier chips, serve the toppings on the side.
- Serve immediately.
- Prep Time: 10
- Marinating Time: 2 hours
- Cook Time: 20
- Cuisine: Mexican
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