If I could only eat 5 foods for the rest of my life, I would put shrimp down as one of them. I love shrimp, like that first crush that never goes away kinda love! This Shrimp Nachos recipe is a fun and delicious twist to traditional nachos. I especially enjoy this during the warm weather months as a lighter meal or appetizer. It’s something we enjoy evenings out back with a fire and ice cold beer and cocktails!
How do you enjoy your nachos?
Do you make them at home or are nachos something you save for when you are out to eat?
Do you like them loaded with everything imaginable or more scaled back?
When it comes to making nachos, what I love about it is you really don’t need a recipe, you just add on as much or as little of the foods you enjoy. It’s easy to make nachos at home and this simple Shrimp Nachos recipe hits all the notes we enjoy in an app or light meal.
I teamed up with Gorton’s Seafood to bring you this fun recipe! Why go out when you can make restaurant & bar food at home easily?? Ialso use Gorton’s s to make Crispy Fish Tacos.. You need to check those out. I used their Simply Bake Shrimp Classic Scampi for the nachos you see pictured her. No peeling necessary and a nice flavor. You can also choose to use fresh shrimp that you blacken, sauté, bake, grill or broil for this recipe.
If you are ready to switch up your nachos and make Shrimp Nachos, simply decide what you want on them.
I added jalapenos, pico de gallo, some quick homemade guacamole, scallions, shredded cheddar cheese, Monterrey jack cheese, crumbled queso fresco and then I added a drizzle of Mexican table cream (lighter than sour cream). I kept this light. Not a lot of cheese, no sour cream. Just fresh and bright. We enjoyed the heck out of these! No chip was left behind and for sure no shrimp was!!
How Do You Make Shrimp Nachos?
Making shrimp nachos is easy. Swap your traditional chicken or beef for shrimp and dress the nachos accordingly. This turns out lighter and brighter than traditional nachos. Perfect for warm-weather outdoor dining! Assemble nachos and the fixings you enjoy and scatter shrimp overtop.
I first melt the cheese onto the chips via the oven (you can also use a pourable cheese) and then quickly dress them with things like cilantro, additional cheese, beans, tomatoes, avocados or guacamole. I add the shrimp at the end and serve. Yum! YOu need to have your shrimp already cooked before adding them to the nachos.
What Variations Can I Make To Shrimp Nachos?
You can take these nachos anywhere you want them to go. Use Gorton’s for a quick, no mess addition of flavored shrimp or make garlic shrimp or even blackened shrimp to use. Swap out guacamole for seasoned avocado chunks. Add sour cream and/or hot sauce. Make this super cheesy or add just a bit of cheese. Add corn, beans…whatever you wish to make it your own! You really can’t go wrong when making nachos!
Make these Shrimp Nachos simple or loaded. Pile on the cheese and allow it to melt onto the chips in the oven or or use a pourable cheese that you heat on the stove. Add black beans, refried beans, sliced jalapenos, cilantro, etc. Swap the table cream for sour cream etc! Sprinkle a little chili powder or cayenne pepper onto your chips to kick them up a notch. There are no rules with nachos.
You may also enjoy making Pulled Pork Nachos or if you are a shrimp lover like me, try my Cajun Shrimp and Andouille Skillet (it always gets rave reviews), or our favorite, favorite, favorite grilled shrimp that I’ve been making for more than half my life. Spicy Grilled Shrimp 🙂
If you recreate these Shrimp Nachos, let me see them so I can highlight them on my Instagram story. Tag me @SouffleBombay or #soufflebombay.
Originally published April, 2018. Updated June 2021.
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- 1 pound shrimp
- Tortilla chips
- Cheese Shredded Mexican blend, Shred your own pepper jack or Monterrey Jack cheese or use a cheese sauce
- Sliced jalapenos
- Slices scallions
- Chopped tomatoes or pico de gallo
- Guacamole homemade or store-bought
- Queso Fresco crumbled
- Mexican table cream yum!
- Snipped fresh parsley or cilantro
- Cook shrimp according to package directions.
- While shrimp is baking in its packet. If making fresh guacamole, do so now (avocado, lime juice, salt, garlic, diced avocado, red pepper) or cut up your avocado to add to the nachos.as is (yum).
- On a baking sheet or in a cast iron pan or oven-safe pan, add tortilla chips, scatter cheese, jalapenos, and scallions (you can do layers. (If adding any type of bean do so now).
- Set aside.
- Once shrimp is done, drain the juice (you can save it for tossing with pasta the next day).
- Scatter shrimp over the nachos and bake at 350 just until cheese melts.
- Remove from oven, add queso blanco, guacamole or avocado, pico or tomatoes and whatever else you would like to add.
- Drizzle with Mexican table cream (if you choose), scatter parsley or cilantro and enjoy straight away!