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Deliciously Cheesy and Saucy Birria Nachos

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Have you ever wondered what to do with leftover birria? There are so many ways to enjoy birria, and this crunchy, cheesy, and saucy birria nacho recipe is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it. It’s easy and simple to build these nachos.

Grab some leftover birria and birria consomé, crispy homemade air fryer tortilla chips, and your favorite cast iron skillet for a cheesy, melty finish.

overhead view of Birria nachos with black beans in a cast iron skillet

Olga’s Notes

  1. I love nachos for movie night, and these birria nachos are fun for the family to try.
  2. If you have leftover birria and consomme and are unsure what other recipes to make, try this birria nacho recipe or birria tacos with lots of cheese.

Equipment Needed For This Recipe

  1. Cast Iron Skillet
  2. Parchment paper
  3. Mandolin
  4. Slotted Spoon
  5. Forks

Ingredients and Substitutions For The Best Recipe

  1. Beef Birria and birria sauce.
  2. Oaxaca Cheese – or any other type of cheese that is good for melting.
  3. Canned Black Beans
  4. Fresh Jalapeños
  5. Fresh Cilantro
  6. Sour Cream
  7. Fresh Lime

See Recipe Card Below For Detailed Measurements and Instructions.


How To Make Birria Nachos – Step-by-Step Instructions

Prep The Ingredients

  1. Make these air fryer tortilla chips or use thick store-bought tortilla chips.
  2. Shred the Oaxaca cheese or any melty cheese.
  3. Drain the canned black beans.
  4. Finely slice the jalapeños with a mandolin or by hand. If you prefer a pickled jalapeño, try this pickled onions and jalapeños recipe.
  5. Reheat the leftover birria or use recently cooked birria and shred the beef. I love to pull and shred the beef with two forks. It’s super easy to do.

Step One – The Layers For The Best Birria Nachos

I love to use a cast iron skillet for the crispiest and melty cheese nachos. Line the skillet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

  1. Start with a layer of tortilla chips
  2. Then add the shredded cheese
  3. Then layer on the drained black beans

Set the cast iron skillet in the oven and set on broil on the lowest setting. Once the cheese melts and turns a golden brown remove from the oven.

Step Two

Once the cheese is melted and a light golden brown, top the nachos with shredded birria meat, the jalapeños, dollops of sour cream, and fresh cilantro.

I love to dip the nachos in the birria consomé, but if you’re serving a group, pour some of the birria sauce on the nachos immediately before serving.

Top Tips For The Best Nachos

  1. Use thick tortilla chips that can hold the ingredients and stay intact even after pouring on birria consomé.
  2. Add dollops of sour cream to the nachos for creaminess, but you can also use Mexican crema or try this cilantro garlic sauce.
  3. The key to a great nacho recipe is a melty cheese!

Other Delicious Nacho Topping Ideas

  1. Pickled Onions and Jalapeños
  2. Fresh Pico de Gallo
  3. Tomatillo Salsa Verde
  4. Mexican Crema
  5. Black Olives
  6. You can also add diced tomatoes with chopped cilantro and lime juice

You can also try a nacho cheese sauce and ladle that on the nachos.

What Can I Serve With Birria Nachos?

Making birria nachos for a party, make a pitcher of jugo de maracuya (passion fruit juice) or Colombian coconut limeade to accompany the nachos.


FAQs

What is the healthiest way to eat nachos?

Instead of traditional tortilla chips, which are deep-fried, I love to make these nachos with air fryer tortilla chips.

What is the difference between birria and barbacoa?

The difference is the seasoning. In birria, you have earthy chiles like ancho chiles, guajillo, and barbacoa, which are cooked in adobo, a slightly different flavor profile.

Stretchy cheese birria nachos with jalapeños on a cast iron skillet

Delicious Birria Nachos

Olga Muñoz
Cheesy, saucy, crunchy birria nachos with birria sauce.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 450 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Large Cast Iron Skillet
  • 1 Parchment Paper
  • 1 Mandoline
  • 1 Slotted Spoon
  • 2 Forks

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 cups Cooked Birria Meat
  • cup Birria Sauce
  • 8 oz Oaxaca Cheese
  • 15 oz Canned Black Beans
  • ½ whole Fresh Jalapeño
  • ½ bunch Fresh Cilantro
  • ¼ cup Sour Cream
  • ¼ Fresh Lime

Instructions
 

Prep The Ingredients

  • Make these air fryer tortilla chips or make this with thick store-bought tortilla chips.
    Shred the Oaxaca cheese or any melty cheese.
    Drain the canned black beans.
    Finely slice the jalapeños with a mandolin or by hand. If you prefer a pickled jalapeño, try this pickled onions and jalapeños recipe.
    Reheat the leftover birria or use recently cooked birria and shred the beef. I love to pull and shred the beef with two forks. It’s super easy to do.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Birria Nachos

  • Step One
    I love to use a cast iron skillet for the crispiest and melty cheese nachos. Line the skillet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
    Start with a layer of tortilla chips
    Then add the shredded cheese
    Then layer on the drained black beans
    Set the cast iron skillet in the oven and set on broil on the lowest setting. Once the cheese melts and turns a golden brown, remove it from the oven.
  • Step Two
    Once the cheese is melted and a light golden brown, top the nachos with shredded birria meat, the jalapeños, dollops of sour cream, and fresh cilantro.
    I love to dip the nachos in the birria consomé, but if you’re serving a group, pour some of the birria sauce on the nachos immediately before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 35gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 450mgPotassium: 500mgCalcium: 300mgIron: 3mg
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