Carne Asada Nachos

Carne Asada Nachos

Carne Asada Nachos

I have a new toy……I have a new toy …..and you-u don’t……….but you should, if you don’t this thing is AWESOME!!! I am happy dancing………why dancing you may ask…… new toy helped me make my Carne Asada Nachos!

What is my new toy you ask??? It a Pressure Cooker, thats also a crock pot, and a rice cooker. Pressure CookerIf it just went to the grocery store, it would be the perfect appliance! LOL …….Oh wait… keeps the food warm after the programed cooking time…….it IS the perfect appliance!

Since returning from Vegas and having the carne asada tacos at Hecho En Vegas, I have been dying to try and recreate the carne asada. My new little toy made this a breeze. The flavor is not exactly like Hecho’s but it’s close. My meat was a little more done……first time with the pressure cooker ……..I wasn’t sure how long to cook it,so mine was falling apart, while Hecho’s was chunkier.

Now, what to do with this luscious, juicy,spicy meat……….Carne Asada Nachos……..of course! Nachos need cheese sauce. Neither Tim nor I really like the nacho cheese sauce,so how about queso blanco……hmmmmm. The recipe for the queso sauce couldn’t be easier, one bowl, it cooks in the microwave………one of the best inventions…..ever!! And in five minutes or less……. creamy and cheesy, easy queso blanco sauce.

Carne Asada Plate

I would like to be all homemadey but I bought some good restaurant style chips at the store instead of making my own. Hey……it was Sunday afternoon and there were football games that needed to watched……by Tim not me.

Now ,I had a plan…….heat the chips in a cast iron skillet in a 400* oven for about 5-7 minutes, until until they were warm and extra crispy. top with the carne asada, drizzle….ok, ladle the queso sauce on, then top with tomatoes, avocado, green onion, cilantro, jalapeño slices, and a crumble of queso blanco cheese……the amount of toppings you put on these is up to you. OMG….these were fabulous!!!!! Crispy chips, juicy spicy meat, cool toppings……the perfect Carne Asada Nachos.

Carne Asada Chip
Since Tim and I have been married, I have a long drive to work, 40 minutes each way…….thank goodness for audio books……..but getting home late does not = time for making dinner and eating before 7 or 8 at night…….not good! But, with my new toy, the process can be sped up greatly. So, if time is of the essence for you too, look for one of these nifty toys for yourself. Looking to make a recipe now………. so I can play with my new toy.

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Carne Asada Nachos

Carne Asada Nachos

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex


  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup beer


  1. In a skillet over medium high heat sear the flank steak in the coconut oil. Just a quick sear for color.
  2. Place flank steak and remaining ingredients in a pressure cooker and cook on high for 30-35 minutes following instructions on your pressure cooker. If you do not have a pressure cooker you can use a crockpot. Adjust cooking time to your crockpot.
  3. Remove meat from cooker and use for tacos,burritos, or nachos.

Keywords: flank steak, Instant Pot, nachos,

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Carne Asada Nachos

Queso Blanco Sauce

  • Author: Marty Boyd


  • 1/2 pound White American Cheese, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno slices, diced fine
  • 1 tablespoon juice from the pickled jalapenos
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Combine all ingredients in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes and stir.Continue microwaving at minute intervals until smooth. Allow to cool slightly and serve as a dip or over your favorite Mexican foods.


Be sure to use white American cheese not white cheddar cheese. The white cheddar will not melt they way that is needed for this sauce.


4 thoughts on “Carne Asada Nachos”

  1. Why not use the Mexican 4 cheese mix from the pre-packaged deli. It has the
    usual components of Queso without the nasty, chemical, white stuff, called White American cheese Food. I have never had a problem with white cheddar melting but I use milk to make my cheese sauce. Not much, just enough to melt the cheese. A double boiler, or Bain Marie does a great job. Or use a 1 quart- 3 quart slow cooker or fondue pot. You could set up a buffet for create your own Natchos. Fill a punch bowl or lasagna/turkey roaster/platter with Tortilla chips, ( they won’t know if the are store brand. Use a slow cooker on Low for the Carne Asada, another for Beans in sauce or refried, and a third for the cheese ( or a fondue pot) Amazon has a double crockpot set up you can buy. It will be handy in the kitchen too. You can make the main course in 1 and vegetables or dessert in the 2nd. Or set up for nights when everyone’s in and out, it’s a snap to keep a meal prepared, for the staggered late
    parties. Also good for continental Breakfast on Saturday. A hot breakfast casserole and hot cereal, a tray of bagels in zipper sandwich bags. Cream cheese in fridge,
    a coffee maker on a timer. Bacon baked on Friday night can be reheated in the micro
    Wave. Just as easy for a taco night, Sunday Brunch, Holiday meal, a buffet party, the Super Bowl. Whenever you are exhausted, but a meal needs presenting. Preplanning, before shopping, then spend some time preprepping and organizing each meal in Rubbermaid tubs in the fridge, and a shelf for tubs that contain things
    That don’t need refrigeration. My sister does this every Sunday. Church, groceries,
    Meal Prepping, and her laundry set is in the kitchen, so that gets done too.. your Instant Pot and Crockpots can be used during prep too. Some meals like soups can be made in big batches stored in meal sized portions in a freezer. Casseroles can be
    Made ahead and stored in the freezer. Rice and spaghetti can be frozen. I have several herb and spice mixes for Spaghetti Sauce. I can plain sauce and Seasonings will allow me to tailor the taste. The same for Grains.(why buy rice a roni. When you have a large bin of potatoes, a varied herb and spice rack and 50 lbs of rice. Stock up on pasta, when it’s on sale..Flour at least 20lb min and sugars stored in jars and I
    ‘A sale can be a good time to stock freezer and cabinets with canned vegetables and fruit. My Mother did that. My Father got paid once a month, it was 20 miles to the supermarket and blizzards could mean canceling groceries a week or 10 days. So there were emergency meals, organized away in case they were needed. She had a woodstove and there was always a soup on it. My multiple crockpots are my creation of that.

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