We are mindful that more people are staying home this year for St. Patrick’s due to our current crisis. We have an easy Irish Nachos recipe to share with you that you can make at home for your loved ones!!!
The main ingredients are potatoes, bacon and cheddar cheese. We had a hard time finding Russet potatoes at the store or any potatoes for that matter, but luckily we had some potatoes at home. Also for a healthier option, you can use turkey bacon but try to make it crispy as that will make it easier to cut with a knife. Pork bacon is probably better to crisp but make the recipe your own if you choose. Do be mindful that prep time takes a little under two hours so make sure you have plenty of time to cook.
- 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into quarter inch circles (about two large potatoes)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
- (1 teaspoon Italian seasoning as an alternative to rosemary and thyme if you’d like)
- Salt and pepper for taste
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 5 slices of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
- Optional toppings: Sour cream, green onions, Cilantro, Salsa of any kind, possibly Pico de Gallo.
- Make sure to wash your potatoes and use a towel to pat them dry. (You don’t need to peel the potatoes for this recipe, but you may if you want to)
- Use a knife to slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices. Add the potatoes to a large mixing bowl.
- Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil. Add in the seasonings: rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Use a spatula or your clean hands to toss them to coat until all the seasonings are mixed evenly.
- On a large baking sheet, place the potatoes in a single layer across the baking sheet. If you need more than one baking sheet, use another one. If there is any remaining seasoning, drizzle it on top of the potatoes.
- Bake the potatoes at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, flip the potatoes after those 20 minutes and then place in the oven again for an additional 20 minutes. (We used aluminum foil for the potatoes and it was a bit difficult to turn them over as they stuck to the foil, so we placed the old foil on top of the new one and that helped. We used the spatula to peel them off).
- Let the potatoes cool just enough to be able to handle them. Transfer them to a cast iron pan if you have one. (If you don’t have one, then you can use a baking sheet that you can stick back in the oven.) You can stack them to form somewhat of a hill, by overlapping them.
- Spread the cheese and bacon over the top of the potatoes evenly. (The bacon should have already been cooked crispy and cut into crumbles)
Bake the potatoes another 4 minutes to melt the cheese.
- Remove the cast iron pan or baking sheet with the potatoes and let it cool for a few minutes.
- You can serve the potatoes with sour cream on top, cilantro and green onion or salsa. (I’m not a fan of green onions, so I just used cilantro and sour cream. I also used some leftover salsa from my dad’s birthday dinner and it was delish!)
I hope your family can enjoy this simple recipe of easy Irish nachos!
There is a little history about how I found this recipe. I went to the California Irish Festival a few years ago in Lake Perris and tried them for the first time. They were so good, however they were a different version that used French fries as their base. There are so many different versions of this recipe so I would encourage you to do some research and make it personal. For this recipe, I made sure to only use toppings I liked and left out the typical green onions (however you can add additional toppings if you’d like). I also wanted to make it simple since my nieces and nephews are very picky. The optional toppings to add are salsa, cilantro and sour cream. Also, we suggest you keep the toppings separate, so you can extend the life of the nachos for a few hours so it’s a win-win. And those that like the additional toppings can add them and those that don’t like them can have the nachos plain. My mom always did this with us growing up when it came to cooking for my dad and the kids. She would make my dad the fancier version of a recipe with additional ingredients such as spicy salsa and we would eat the plain version.
My next goal is to try Irish nachos at a restaurant, so that is my next adventure. With the situation our country is in right now, we suggest you call the restaurant and see if they offer take out or delivery in order to comply with current recommendations to avoid public places. Where to find them, you ask? Check your local Irish pub as this is a pretty popular dish to find at any Irish pub.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!