Irish Nachos

Irish Nachos

One of the few things that can rival my love of veggies, is my love of cheese.  If it came down to choosing between 6-pack abs and a daily serving [or three] of cheese, I’d choose the cheese.  Hands-down.  End of story.  Actually I’m fairly certain this is why I don’t currently rock a 6-pack.  Crap.

I work out.  I eat cheese. Whatever!

This is clearly the worst intro in the history of blogging. What else shall we talk about? Hmm…Well the recipe I’m about to share, for one, is absolutely delicious whether or not you actually top it with cheese!  It’s also something I’ve been making for years so believe me when I say that I’ve perfected these bad boys. Though my last bloggage of the subject was a bit amateur, complete with equally embarrassing photos.

They were borderline visually assaulting. Harsh lighting… over-exposed flash… shenanigans and photo faux pas galore!  Cringe-factor aside, I’m still buttcrazy in love with this snack and decided that the next time I made them I would re-take the photos and do these sassy spuds some justice.

I’m pretty happy with the result. Now they don’t simply taste amazing, but they look pretty spiffy too! Stick a fork in me, I’m done!

Better yet, stick a fork in these!

Irish Nachos

Irish Nachos




Yield 2 -4


  • 1 large russet potato [add a few extra if feeding a crowd]
  • your favorite healthy oil
  • dried parsley, cayenne, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, to taste
  • plus all your favorite nachos toppings! [see below]
  • t-rex chefs: add some shredded chicken or pork and have at it
  • vegansaurus chefs: skip the cheese or add some daiya instead. This dish is easily veganized and oh-so flavorful either way. You can also make it with butternut squash! [recipe]


  1. Set your oven to BROIL on high.
  2. Wash and peel your potatoes [or leave the skin on for extra nutrients!] and cut into discs. I like mine the same thickness and texture as steak fries. Crunchy, crust-like outside and a fluffy mashed potato-like center. It makes me weak in the knees.
  3. Spritz or rub with your favorite oil [olive, coconut, etc...] and sprinkle with cayenne pepper, dried parsley, and a little salt and pepper if you'd like!
  4. Lay flat on a wire cooling rack or grilling rack and set atop a reflective baking sheet. This will allow both sides to cook evenly and prevent mushiness. I use this same tecnique for my mozz balls and squash fries too -- it's foolproof!
  5. Broil on high for 10-20 minutes. They're done once they start to bubble and turn golden brown on the surface.
  6. Pull from the oven, lay flat on foil or a baking sheet and pile on the cheese!
  7. Flip your oven to 350 and bake until the cheese is seductively melty.
  8. Then pile on the rest of your toppings and dig in!

Courses appetizer, snack

This easily serves one, two, or an entire herd of hungry hungry hippos! Double, triple, or quadruple as needed!

cheese [I grated two cheddar/mozzarella string cheeses]
fresh or pickled jalapeno peppers
greek yogurt
black beans
black olives
chopped green onion
bell peppers or sweet mini peppers
dried parsley, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, to taste

Irish Nachos
Foolproof technique for crunchy faux-fried oven baked fries!

so… how was it? Orgasmic. I mean, obviously! How could these not be insanely delicious? And before you start to shriek “But Jenn! The calories!!!!!” take a deep breath and calm the eff down. Living burns calories! So keep doing that, and you’ll be a-ok.  I promise. Class dismissed =)

Craving sweet potatoes instead?  

They make ahh-maze-ing nachos with a sweet + savory twist!

Sweet Potato Irish Nachos
Seriously.  Do it.

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Antonia @ Health Inspirations

This truly was one of the best-written and most entertaining blog posts I’ve read in a long time! Love your writing 🙂 Great recipe, I’m a cheese lover too! Who needs a 6-pack anyways?!


So I have everything on hand to make these, except the damn potato. I do however have some lovely sweet potatoes, which I was thinking of stuffing ala Jenn style, but I might have to make these instead.

Since I work out regularly and cook cleanly, I could care less about calories. Bon appetit.

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

It should work faaaabulously with sweet potato too! Or stuffed! Just get it in your face, woman! =)

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Awww thank you!!!! Seriously — six packs are entirely overrated anyways =)


Cheese > 6 pack. Totally agreed.

And pfft, calories. If it’s tasty, calories can easily be overlooked. 🙂


That shouldn’t be a problem!


You just described my relationship with red wine and dark chocolate.  *sigh*


OMG I love Irish nachos!!! There’s a pub right down the street from my office and they serve a huuuuge plate of these bad boys. So yummy. I love how you sliced them though instead of having them diced…I’m sure they are much easier to eat that way. Thanks for sharing! I want a plate of them now 🙂

Scrumptiousgruel Ellen

Living DOES burn calories! Brilliant. We need to remember to stop sweating these things sometimes.
I never thought to cook taters on a rack like that. Snazzy idea I will have to try!


Best sentence is Calm the eff down and breathe. LOL!

I’ve said this to myself so many times lately, I’ve sworn off counting calories and calmed the eff down, it’s working, I’m down almost 25lbs!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Obviously you can’t see me right now, but i’ll have you know i’m running around doing a happy dance for you right now! Go Jen go!!!!!!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Thank you dahhhling! =)


Holy yum!!! that sounds AMAZING!!


I’m gonna have to give these a try.  I have a love affair with cheese too.

Heather Powers

“Living burns calories!  So keep doing that, and you’ll be a-ok.” <- LOVE…it!
What’s wrong with me? I haven’t had a cheese craving in FOREVER…until now that is! 😉 Have you ever tried these with sweet potatoes? Kinda like a little spin off of your savory sweet p’s? Mmm!

carla birnberg

laughed out loud. so so so so so get —again—why and how you and Cat are friends 🙂


These looks sooo yummy!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

 Oh I am with you there. I LOVE cheese!


The title of the post caught my attention, then the crazy intro kept me reading…what a great snack.  I love potatoes (I am not ashamed to say it) and I LOVE this idea. 
Keep the crazy coming Jenn.

Sabrina @ Work It Ms Jackson

Worst intro ever? Try BEST intro ever. I love me some cheese so this recipe is AMAZING! I can’t wait to make these as a side a dish with dinner!

Liz Marie

Hmm. Looks like I need to invest in a wire rack now … 

Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

Love this, the colors are so pretty and vibrant and it just looks so yummy! <3

Heather Blackmon

I love this idea – I’m thinking sweet potatoes would be a great way to tweak this too!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Duhhh!!!! =) Though sweet potatoes and I are taking some time away from each other this week

Ladies Holiday

That wire rack tip…brilliant. A brilliant person can talk about eating cheese all she likes.


Good gravy those look good!

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

I just texted my Hubby about this! He will love it! Thank you for the tip on baking the potatoes. You are a genius!


I found this post because I am CRAVING some Irish Nachos, but holy snickerdoodles, this post cracked me up!!! Thanks for the orgasmic recipe… this will be tonights dinner 🙂

calee himes

that’s it. i’m officially moving you to my “blends” folder on reader so I will read you daily. why I’ve not done this yet is beyond me. you live in fitness, which i get to about once a week. you’re moving.

PS I love you. ha.

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

You’re the bestest =) Now MOVE here! =)

All That I'm Eating

This sounds great. I love that they’re Irish nachos!

Corrie @ Casa Beebe

I’m so glad you re-linked to this post! OMG, I am so making this for dinner tonight. Uh…after I go grocery shopping. You know, I just really love all your recipes. Thanks for sharing them. 🙂

ps-I moved my blog (Blurb Column) to wordpress and renamed it. I’m now Casa Beebe but it’s still me doin’ my thang.

marvin nubwaxer

enough with the words “yummy” and “veggies”. talk adult.

Frugal Foodie Frank

“”But Jenn! The calories!!!!!” take a deep breath and calm the eff down. Living burns calories! So keep doing that, and you’ll be a-ok. Class dismissed”—- I love it!!!! People are so obsessed with counting grams of this or that, just eat real food you make yourself and you’ll be fine 🙂 I have to try the cooling rack trick to get them to crisp up a little better!


    You’ll love the trick! And thanks! I’m glad I have a friend on my side with the calorie shpiel! 🙂