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Irish Nachos

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The Day I Found Irish Nachos

While out with my sister and mother in law one day we decided to stop into Don Cherry's Sport's Grill in Bradford, Ontario, and have a beer after shopping. We weren't really all that hungry but we wanted something to nibble on. When looking at the menu I spotted something I'd never heard of before. Pointing at the menu I said, "Look at this, Irish nachos, are you serious? I always thought that nachos were Mexican."

I am a huge fan of nachos and these really piqued my interest, so we all decided that we'd share a plate of these.

When the waitress brought our order I was a bit taken back as I didn't read the entire description of what exactly Irish Nachos were. There sitting on a platter were not tortilla chips but potato chips. Well, that makes sense ... Irish = Potatoes. The potato chips were smothered in cheese, green onions and topped with bacon. They came with two sides of sour cream and mayonnaise mixed with chipolata sauce. I asked if they had any salsa and the waitress brought a third, side for us. Who eats nachos without salsa right?

We all dug in and enjoyed the Irish nachos so much that I had to make them at home. The only difference with mine is that I didn't use Monterey Jack cheese mixed with cheddar.


Don't these look great!

Irish Nachos-Cheesy and loaded with bacon

Irish Nachos-Cheesy and loaded with bacon

Cook Time includes precooking the bacon

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

40 min

Serves 6 or more people as a snack

Ingredients for Irish Nachos

Ingredients for Irish Nachos

Ingredients

  • 2 bags of plain kettle chips
  • 3/4 of a pound of sliced bacon, cooked but not crisp
  • 2 cups of medium cheddar cheese, grated
  • 7-8 green onions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 8-10 dashes of salsa chilpotle sauce
  • sour cream
  • tomato salsa (if you so desire)

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Instructions on how to make Irish Nachos

  1. Start by frying 3/4 of a pound of sliced bacon. You don't want to cook it to where it is crispy as it will crisp up when it goes into the oven and under the broiler.
  2. While the bacon is frying grate the cheese, and chop the green onions.
  3. Once the bacon is cooked remove it from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  4. Preheat the oven on broil and place the oven rack on the second level from the top.
  5. Spray a large pizza pan or oven safe dish with cooking spray.
  6. The bacon should now be cool. Cut the bacon strips into one inch pieces.
  7. On the pan carefully place and spread out the contents of the two bags of chips. If you have a smaller pan than what I used then follow these instructions layering as you go. Top the chips with the shredded cheese saving a bit for the very top. Next spread your chopped onions, then the bacon. Top with the rest of the cheese.
  8. Place in the oven and broil for about 8 minutes or until the cheese is nicely melted.
  9. To make the chilpotle side sauce simply add the mayo to a small bowl and add and stir in the salsa chilpotle sauce.
  10. ENJOY!

How do I get to Don Cherry's Sports Grill?

Should you ever be in the area and want to visit Don Cherry's Sports Grill you can easily find it on the map below.

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Is there anything you'd add to Irish Nachos?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 18, 2018:

Oh Dianna, They're so good :) Hope you had a Happy St. Patrick's day.

Dianna Mendez on March 17, 2018:

Oh Yum! I would definitely love to try this recipe. Just in time for the holiday too.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 23, 2015:

Thanks so much Patty!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 23, 2015:

poetryman, I bet you won't be able to eat just one :)

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 22, 2015:

I always liked salsa with potato chips, so this recipe is an amazing find! Canada has so many interesting dishes for us to try! Rated Up and several more. :)

poetryman6969 on April 22, 2015:

Lots of bacon, lots of cheese. I'm in!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 07, 2015:

Lady, I may have to make some this weekend ..... they're so good :)

Debra Allen from West By God on February 06, 2015:

These sound and look very yummy. Thanks for posting this!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 30, 2015:

For sure Audrey :)

Audrey Howitt from California on January 30, 2015:

Just in time for Super Bowl!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 15, 2014:

Audrey, Yes they sure are :)

Phyllis, Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 15, 2014:

Rebecca, Hope that you try them.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on March 14, 2014:

OMGosh! Why have I not seen this before? I love nachos and this recipe makes me so hungry for your Irish Nachos. I make nachos often, but have never tried this or heard of it. This will be on my table tonight ! Thank you, Susan.

Audrey Howitt from California on March 14, 2014:

This looks so easy and yummy!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 14, 2014:

Great sounding recipe. Just in time for St. Pat's Day, too. I like the idea of crossing two food cultures.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 14, 2013:

Good idea (about sharing when you update). Mmm, potato wedges sound like a good way, too.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 14, 2013:

When I update a hub I will sometimes share it. I think some of the pubs in Boston serve Irish Nachos except they're made with potato wedges rather than the potato chips. Hope that you're able to find them and enjoy them.

Have a good weekend.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 14, 2013:

This was on my feed~ did you share your own hub? I didn't even know that was possible! Anyway, I'm glad I saw this, because I have never heard of Irish Nachos. So cool! I am being very good right now, but maybe sometime I will 1) make this when the main part of my "diet" is over, or 2) see if they have it at an Irish pub in Boston. It would be pretty awesome to eat out with Andy again sometime, and I know he would like the idea.

Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe with us, and have a fantastic day!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 31, 2013:

Shyron, I must warn you that Irish nachos are very addictive. Hope that you enjoy them.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on May 30, 2013:

Susan, this sounds fantastic, I will have to try them.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 22, 2013:

Hi Vicki, Thanks for pinning and I hope you like these as much as I do.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on March 21, 2013:

I love kettle chips! I love chipotle! I love everything that goes into this combination.I have to try it!! I think that adding salsa is a great idea. I would probably add sour cream, too. Yums!! Pinning!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 15, 2013:

csgibson, I hope that you enjoy these as much as I do.

Craig Gibson from Traverse City Michigan on March 14, 2013:

I am getting hungry reading your hub. I will have to try your recipe. Thanks.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 25, 2013:

DzyMsLizzy, Yes the Irish nachos would be almost like eating nachos if you eliminated the bacon. Thanks for stopping by and for the votes.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on February 25, 2013:

Interesting, but my variation (as a vegetarian) would be to eliminate the bacon...and then, save for the potato chips, they wouldn't be much different than regular nachos....

This was very interesting, though--voted up and interesting.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 25, 2013:

Thanks Nate. They're really easy to make. Hope you like them as much as I do.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 25, 2013:

tilsontitan, Anything with bacon seems to be so tasty :) Hope that you enjoy the Irish Nachos and thanks so much.

Nathan Bernardo from California, United States of America on February 24, 2013:

Those look and sound delicious, and I love potato chips, have a feeling I'd love these. Seems they're not too tough to make. Thanks for the info, will have to try them.

Mary Craig from New York on February 24, 2013:

This can NOT be beat! Bacon, cheese and potato chips, wow! I'm loving this and I haven't even tried it yet...you can bet I'm marking this for future reference.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 21, 2012:

Hi Cheeky, Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. Merry Christmas!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 20, 2012:

Veronica, Have to warn you, these are very addictive. Thanks for sharing and voting.

Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the best in 2013!

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on December 20, 2012:

Wow, Susan! These sound great! I want to try these over the on-coming Christmas break! Nice snack for having while we watch TV movies and other repeats! LOL! Cheers! Voted up your Irish Nachos and tweeted them!

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on December 20, 2012:

Oh my goodness, do these sound and look awesome! :)

My husband and I both agree that we're going to try these very soon! Voted & shared.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 03, 2012:

momma, I do hope you enjoy them and thanks for stopping by.

Jen Eggleston from Wisconsin on December 03, 2012:

These sound delicious, I'll definitely have to try them sometime!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 26, 2012:

vespawoolf, Normally nachos are made with tortilla chips with hamburger, beans, green peppers, onions, olives, jalapeno peppers and lots of cheese. But these Irish nachos are pretty good and addictive too. Hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 26, 2012:

I've never heard of Irish nachos before but they sound delicious! Kinda like chili cheese fries, but with potato chips. And bacon makes everything tasty. My husband's gonna love these...thank you!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 15, 2012:

loveofnight, That's great. I hope you enjoy the Irish Nachos as much as we do.

Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on November 14, 2012:

I am hitting a home run today, again I have come across another MUST try recipes. Thank you so much, I have all the ingrediants except the salsa chilpotle so I'll just use my regular hot salsa......Happy hubbing

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 14, 2012:

dobo, Everything is good with bacon :)

dobo700 from Australia on November 13, 2012:

Nachos with bacon, is there anything that doesn't taste better with bacon.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 12, 2012:

lovedoctor, Thanks :)

Tycoon Sam, Would most definitely go well with a pint of Guinness :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 12, 2012:

LaThing, Thanks so much :)

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on November 12, 2012:

Interesting recipe. I'm sure it would go well with a pint of Guinness.

lovedoctor926 on November 11, 2012:

This looks delicious! I just got the munchies. Awesome

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on November 11, 2012:

This is very interesting! Never heard of it..... I love your unique recipes. Thanks for sharing, Susan! :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 22, 2012:

KDu, Thanks, and I hope that enjoy the Irish Nachos.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 20, 2012:

Audrey, You could try .... I'm not sure how it would turn out as I've never had vegetarian bacon myself. You could always omit the bacon altogether.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 20, 2012:

Chad, Very close to nachos just a bit different.

GoodLady, Thanks and hope you enjoy them.

Simon, That sounds like a great plan for the weekend. Hope you all have a great time an with delicious food too.

KDuBarry03 on October 19, 2012:

Chips, bacon and onions? I'm making this tonight without a doubt. I never even heard of Irish Nachos before but now I gotta make this for dinner tonight. Voted up and sharing this :)

Audrey Howitt from California on October 19, 2012:

I wonder if I can do this with vegetarian Bacon??

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 19, 2012:

Judi, I hope that your daughter enjoys these, but I have to warn you they are addictive :)

Simon Cook from NJ, USA on October 18, 2012:

This weekend we're combining Football Sunday with a marathon of Sons of Anarchy! We usually do pigs in a blanket, wings etc. - I think this will make a great addition! Thanks - voted up and shared!!!

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on October 18, 2012:

OMG. Too unbelievably good and your photos amazing. Pinning this in my food cupboard! Voting too! Yummm MYyy

Chad Thiele from Hudson, Wisconsin on October 18, 2012:

That sounds like a very interesting idea. I will have to make these someday.

Judi Brown from UK on October 18, 2012:

My daughter's had a look and signed me up to make these on Saturday evening - apparently they'll be perfect with a Pepsi and a movie!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 13, 2012:

Natasha, Slightly unhealthy :) But oh so good.

Natasha from Hawaii on October 12, 2012:

This seems very unhealthy but equally tasty! I need to share this one with some folks I know.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 22, 2012:

teresamg, Thank you, and nice to meet you. Welcome to HubPages.

teresamg from Portugal on September 22, 2012:

This recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 13, 2012:

Sharyn, They're pretty good and I bet you can't eat just one :)

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on September 12, 2012:

Oh gosh, can't go wrong with this recipe. And I love kettle chips. I think I must try this soon. It could easily become a family favorite.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 10, 2012:

thewritingowl, Nice to meet you and hope you enjoy the recipe.

Melovy, I'm sure they'd be good without the bacon too. Hope that you enjoy the recipe.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 10, 2012:

Richard, The next time I make these I was thinking of adding more items to them such as olives, tomatoes, and jalapenos. Hope you enjoy your Irish Nachos and thanks for letting me know about Tommy Condons.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 09, 2012:

Susan, I hope that you try this recipe as I'm sure you'll like it.

Yvonne Spence from UK on September 09, 2012:

I have a feeling that - minus the bacon - these would go down very well in our house, so I will give this a go.

BTW, I love how you've made dividers from your main photo - very artistic!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 09, 2012:

RH, Monterrey Jack cheese Jalapenos I love but will look for the chili one. So glad everyone liked this. Maddy has good taste :) I love the kettle chips too especially the jalapeno flavored ones.

Mary Kelly Godley from Ireland on September 09, 2012:

Look delicious I am going to try. Although being Irish I must say I haven't come across it before, great combination though.

Richard Bivins from Charleston, SC on September 09, 2012:

I love Irish Nachos... I live in Chicago with a huge Irish heritage here I never heard of them. I was actually in Charleston South Carolina at a restaurant called Tommy Condons when I first had them. I was looking over the menu when the food arrived at a neighboring table and one of the plates piled a mile high looked so good that asked about it. Turned out to be the Irish Nachos made from freshly cut Idaho potatoes, and covered with cheddar, ranch, bacon, jalepenos, tomato's and black olives... I'm getting hungry just thinking about them now. I think I'm going to go get the supplies and try your recipe today... Thanks for the hub.

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on September 09, 2012:

These look and sound delicious. Using the kettle chips makes sense because they are a stronger, crunchier chip. I am glad you stated not to fry the bacon to be crispy or mine would be burnt after baking.

As always, AWESOME!! Votes and shares! :-)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on September 09, 2012:

Nope I made them last night so I had to say "AWESOME"!!!

I made a little Mexican fiesta but I threw these in - while I was cooking them I looked at the new cheese - it's montery jack with red and green chilis in it:) not mozzarella! I guess since its white I just chose to think it was mozzarella.

Everyone LOVED these - Kettle cooked chips are Maddy's favorite!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 07, 2012:

RH, Mozzarella and jalapenos cheese ... my mouth is watering :) This would be great cheese for the Irish Nachos. Hope you enjoy.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on September 06, 2012:

I did just get some Pepper jack and kettle chips yesterday - I think I will make these tonight too!

I wanted to come back and tell you - I found some new cheese in the store yesterday - it's a mix of mozzerella and jalapenos! Perfect for this!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 02, 2012:

MomsTreasureChest, Thanks and I hope that you enjoy these as much as I did.

MomsTreasureChest on September 02, 2012:

Looks delicious I can't wait to give this recipe a try!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 30, 2012:

A.A. Chips on sandwiches are awesome! I have two food items that I'm a sucker for ...... chips are number one and second is donuts. Whenever I go on a diet all I ever crave are chips and donuts. Go figure :)

Augustine A Zavala from Texas on August 30, 2012:

I'm adding this to my comfort food list for potato chip recipes. I also like to eat Lays potato chips inside of regular cheese sandwiches crushed. Now I have the crunchy munchies...

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 29, 2012:

moonlake, I'm sure you'll like, and thank you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 29, 2012:

barbergirl, For sure once that first one goes into your mouth .... watch out :) But you have to indulge every now and then right?

moonlake from America on August 28, 2012:

Have to try these. I have a bottle of chilpotle sauce in the fridge now. Voted uP and pinned.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on August 28, 2012:

This looks like such an easy thing to do... Nachos with potato chips as a base. I must try this... or at least feed it to others because this obviously has "attach to my butt" written all over this. I have a feeling once you start eating these - you can't just have one! Great recipe! And I bet it would be perfect for a party too!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 25, 2012:

Hi Genna and Ruby,

Thank you :)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 24, 2012:

I love nachos so i know i would love this. They look delicious..Thank you Susan..

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on August 24, 2012:

What canI say, Susan, but yummy! Thank you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 24, 2012:

Haley, Let me know if you like them and thanks.

Glimmer Twin, Thank you!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 24, 2012:

Wesley, A little different from the normal nachos but they're really good. Hope you enjoy them and thanks for the votes, shares and pinning too :)

Claudia Mitchell on August 24, 2012:

These look really really good so I had to pin them and will have to try them too. Thanks.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 24, 2012:

Austinstar, I've had something similar to Texas cheese fries before at a Mexican restaurant up here but without the bacon. I bet those are good.

A.A. LOL .... unless you can't have these for some reason then I say go for it :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 24, 2012:

Julie, Hope you like them.

Mhatter, Not yos .... Good one! :)

RH, There's a cheese that I had when I was in Florida that I wish I could get up here. It was called Pepper Jack. I love any kind of cheese with jalapenos in it. I often buy havardi with jalapenos or Monterey Jack with jalapenos.

HaleyMCruz from California on August 24, 2012:

These sound great! There was no "yummy" button to hit for your hub, which makes me sad! I've never heard that the Irish made nachos, but these look like something I'll be trying really soon. Thanks for the really cool hub :)

Wesley Meacham from Wuhan, China on August 24, 2012:

Awesome nachos. I haven't had nachos in a while. Will have to try this soon. Voting up and useful. I've also pinned your article and will share with my followers.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 24, 2012:

Suzie, I had to ask a friend of mine who lives in Ireland if she'd ever heard of these .... her answer was no but I have a friend that's a chef and I'll ask them. :)

Your Cousins, The chips are crunchy and delicious :)

Trish, Hope you enjoy them.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 24, 2012:

nmdonders, You can't go wrong with bacon, cheese and potato chips :)

Tammy, Thanks and let me know if you make them.

Paula, Polish Pasta Marinara ya that's a good one :)

Augustine A Zavala from Texas on August 23, 2012:

MY heart is hurting just looking at this dish. But, I can't turn away...

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 23, 2012:

And to think that most people thought that everything possible with potatoes was already done. Well, we do have a similar thing here at Chili's chain restaurants, it's french fries smothered in cheese, topped with bacon and jalepenos and it looks like nachos. They call it Texas cheese fries. It's way yummy but packs a powerful amount of calories.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on August 23, 2012:

I am so hungry right now - this did not help! lol

I have never heard of these and yeah - can't wait to give them a try! I was shopping today and found some mozzerella cheese flavored with jalapenos. I bought some thinking they would be great on nachos - it's one of my favorite things to cook!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on August 23, 2012:

I suspected it all along. A small colony of Irish lost somewhere in Mexico. This is proof. The real name is Not yos... :))...

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on August 23, 2012:

Wowsers. These look great. I am constantly looking for twists on Mexican food so thank you!

Brenda from Springfield, MO on August 23, 2012:

These look so yummy and with bacon sounds so good. I will have to make these this week.

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