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Game Day Loaded Nachos

These Game Day Loaded Nachos are smothered in melted cheese and homemade chili sauce. They’re my most requested football appetizer every year.

Loaded Nachos with Homemade Chili Sauce

It’s officially football season in our house, and my husband couldn’t be more excited. He has been counting down the days to kickoff for a month now. A month? Do you know how annoying that is? He’d randomly come to me and say, “You know what happens in 20 days?” And I’d respond, “Twenty days? Heck, I don’t even know what’s happening today?” I’d get the you-know-what-I’m-talking-about stare and he’d respond with, “Twenty more days until the first Raven’s game!” Normal people get excited for birthdays, holidays, or cake. Not my husband; he’s indifferent to all of that, but what he does get excited about is football, and he goes all out.

We live in Baltimore, so naturally, we’re Ravens fans. Let me repeat that last tidbit… Ravens fans! We bleed purple and black, we’re dedicated to our team, we cheer our guys on, we wear jerseys for Purple Friday, and we light the city purple when our team makes it to the playoffs. We’re hardcore!

Loaded Nachos with Homemade Chili Sauce

Just a word of advice, do not ever mention that team with the black and gold uniforms in a Ravens household. It will not end well, and you may even get booted out of the house like Jazzy Jeff on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Now, this doesn’t mean we can’t be friends; it just means we can’t be friends on game day. And, I may not share my nachos with you. Just sayin’.

Let me explain just how hardcore we are. Our basement is decked out in all things Ravens: signed helmets, signed footballs, framed photos of players in action, bobble heads, neon signs, game day towels, a big foam finger, and a coin counting football (don’t ask, my husband had to have it). To top it all off, we have a 7 ft. tall purple Christmas tree, adorned with purple lights, purple feather boas, and ravens ornaments. A tree, people! If that’s not hardcore, than I don’t know what is.

Loaded Nachos with Homemade Chili Sauce

We like to watch football and eat finger foods, so I made Game Day Loaded Nachos. These aren’t just any ordinary nachos. Nope. These nachos are special. Why, you ask? Because they’re smothered with my homemade chili sauce- a recipe that I’ve perfected over the years. It’s slap-yo-momma good!

The chili sauce only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, and it’s extremely versatile. Have leftovers? Do what we do, make chili dogs. People go nuts for chili dogs. You’ll blink and the chili sauce will be gone. Pinky swear.

Wanna know the great thing about loaded nachos? You get to top them with whatever you like. The options are limitless. We like ours with chili, cheese, salsa, pickled jalapeños, sour cream, and diced tomatoes.

Loaded Nachos with Homemade Chili Sauce

I haven’t even told you the best part yet. You might want to sit down for this. I top my nachos with two different types of cheese. You heard right…two! I top them with a melted cheese sauce and shredded cheddar. It’s cheese heaven.

Loaded Nachos with Homemade Chili Sauce

I love when the chips get all soggy. I grab a fork, scoop up the chips, and shovel these Game Day Loaded Nachos right into my mouth. So good!

Game Day Loaded Nachos

Crispy tortilla chips slathered with homemade chili sauce and queso cheese and topped with your favorite nacho fixings.

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 20 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


Chili Sauce

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste


  • Tortilla chips
  • Queso cheese dip
  • Shredded cheddar
  • Salsa
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Sour cream
  • Diced tomatoes


  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, add the first 15 ingredients. Mix ingredients to combine. Simmer on medium low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. Add the tomato paste and simmer for another 15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  2. Preheat the broiler.
  3. Place desired amount of chips on a heat-proof platter. Add desired amount of chili sauce, queso, and salsa. Top with a handful of cheddar cheese. Place plate on a sheet pan and under the broiler just long enough for the cheese to melt, about 2 minutes. Top nachos with pickled jalapeños, sour cream, and diced tomatoes.
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92 Responses to “Game Day Loaded Nachos”

  1. #
    CCU — September 9, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Wow you sound like one dedicated household! Good on you :D
    These loaded nachos sound like the perfect way to spirit it up!

    Choc Chip Uru


  2. #
    Pam @ The Meltaways — September 9, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Okay, I may not be a Ravens fan, but I am in total agreement about that “team” you mention and hold them in probably the same regard that you do! ;) I LOVE your tree – that is majorly awesome! (And so are your nachos, by the way)


  3. #
    Cindys Recipes — September 9, 2012 at 7:48 am

    How can you lose with these nachos? Looks great Jennie!


  4. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — September 9, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Can´t get my eyes off that purple tree, talk about team spirit! This are decadent nachos, never mind the football season. Have a great sunday!


  5. #
    Renee — September 9, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Those are some of the tastiest looking nachos I have have ever seen. I would dive into that platter and eat my way out. YUM!


  6. #
    Faye Leong — September 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I guess you are also one of cheese lovers like me:) This is so delicious! Thanks for sharing.


  7. #
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal — September 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Nachos topped with both queso and shredded cheese are the best. I’m glad you will forgive me for being a gator fan.


  8. #
    Cheryl Schneider — September 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

    These look amazing, I hope to see a platter on the table when we watch the game at my house. I know how your husband loves to watch football with his mother-in-law :), You for forgot to mention Poe, yes Poe, the Baltimore Raven’s mascot also resides in the Raven’s nest thanks to Robbs loving Mother-in-Law. Go Ravens!


  9. #
    Katie — September 9, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Be still, my heart! These sound ridiculously good…and a fantastic guilty pleasure! ;)


  10. #
    Soni — September 9, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Oh wow, Iove the third pic and seriously need that bite right now!!Love the incredible flavors in your Chilli Sauce too!Thanks for a great idea for my next party :)


  11. #
    Sandi McKenna — September 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Love all the spices that go into your chili sauce!!! Can’t wait to try!


  12. #
    Jen @JuanitasCocina — September 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Dude, I can’t get past the tree.

    Until…I saw the nachos. *faint*


  13. #
    Family Foodie — September 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Jennie~ I thought my husband was a die hard football fan… I think you have him beat! I love this post!!!


  14. #
    Samantha @ Ferraro Kitchen — September 9, 2012 at 11:22 am

    OMGGGG These are the bestt!


  15. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 9, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Dude, I need to come to your house for tailgating!


  16. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 9, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Nothing beats a big, heaping plate of nachos!!! Yum!!


  17. #
    Crazy Kwistin — September 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Yum :) I am a nacho lover, these look fabulous!!


  18. #
    mommasmeals — September 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    You are quite the fan my friend!! AND…these look amazing!


  19. #
    Bea — September 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Nachos are such a fun, delicious food. Perfect for any type of party :)


  20. #
    Laura Hunter — September 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Nachos are perfect for any occasion if you ask me. :)


  21. #
    Hezzi-D — September 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Nothing quite says fall football like loaded nachos. I am drooling over here just looking at them!


  22. #
    Susan 30A EATS — September 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Naco’s for a tailgate are like bread and butter! A great combination! See you at #Sunday Supper @fromagechick tonight! :)


  23. #
    Heather @girlichef — September 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Mmmm…I’m down for loaded nachos like this anyday – they look mouthwatering! Although if we’re talking pro, I’d be there in a blue & white jersey (Colts!) ;P. I’m lovin’ that Christmas tree…it’s hilarious!


  24. #
    Sheila Fretz — September 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    These look yummy!


  25. #
    Jen — September 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    YUM! These are such a classic and delicious football tailgate recipe! Yours look AMAZING!!! I have to give these a try very soon! I have a feeling they will go scarfed up very quickly ;) Thank you for sharing!!


  26. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for for today! Football days need to be accompanied by loaded, cheesy nachos like this. Thanks, girl!


  27. #
    Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) — September 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    That’s one beautiful plate of nachos! Looking forward to trying your chili sauce recipe.


  28. #
    Megan — September 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Love Nachos! Thanks or sharing. I have a Gator tree ;)


  29. #
    Amber @mamapoolecooks — September 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    You had me at Loaded! Two cheese? I love you. I am a Ravens fan, please share your nachos…..pretty please….


  30. #
    Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) — September 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Yummy…love nachos! And I spy Central Market salsa in the background. Central Market is totally my favorite place to buy groceries…and only in Texas. I totally get your devotion…we’re the same way about the Texans! We even have our “lucky” Texans logo drinking cups that we ONLY use on game day…one of them is in my food picture this week!


  31. #
    Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen — September 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    WOW these nachos look amazing!!!


  32. #
    Tara Noland — September 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Who does like nachos for the big game and these look fantastic!!


  33. #
    veronica gantley — September 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    No tailgating party is complete without nachos! I adore them loaded.


  34. #
    Anne @ Webicurean — September 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Should I be surprised by the purple tree in your living room? All I know is that I want these NOW! (the nachos, not the tree ;)


  35. #
    Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) — September 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Loaded nachos are one of our all time favorite for football games, including superbowl! Your pics make me want to lick my screen! LOL


  36. #
    Liz — September 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Oh, yeah…pass that platter right this way! Your nachos look irresistible! Perfect for this week’s tailgating #SS!!!


  37. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I love nachos. They are so easy, and great to change up with what you like. Now only if they could be healthy….


  38. #
    Jenn and Seth — September 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    oh my gosh, these are absolutely fantastic jennie! seth would divorce me and marry these if that were indeed a possibility.


  39. #
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — September 9, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Jen, you’re adorable in your jersey holding your mixing bowl & whisk! You guys are seriously hardcore – it’s like when people here in Vancouver get married and deck out their wedding in blue and green (our hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks’ colours!). You have no idea how much I love nachos – yours looks so incredibly delicious! I love that you made a chili to go on top and loaded it with two types of cheese – the meatier and cheesier the better in my opinion!


  40. #
    Terra — September 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I am totally cracking up, that Christmas tree is awesome! You are serious football fans for sure:-) Nachos are my go to football dish, I could eat them all different ways! Your nachos look fantastic! Hugs, Terra


  41. #
    Patti — September 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try that chili sauce!


  42. #
    CJ at Food Stories — September 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I loved your story and your recipe … Thx for sharing :-)


  43. #
    diabeticFoodie — September 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Can’t have football without nachos!


  44. #
    [email protected] — September 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    We love loaded nachos! Football season gives us more excuses to eat them! :) These are fantastic!


  45. #
    Susan — September 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I would so not be welcome in your house on Sunday’s, chatting all the way through the game, your hubby would be giving me the death stare! However, if you served these nachos, I’m pretty sure my mouth would be shut and stuffed the entire time!


  46. #
    Laura @ Family Spice — September 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Okay, my first choice for game day eats is ABSOLUTELY nachos! Drooling over my keyboard right now!


  47. #
    Audrey's Mamma — September 11, 2012 at 3:13 am

    I am not a big fan of football or chili but you make me want to try both with this fabulous post! If nothing else I can get the girls to make nachos with me.


  48. #
    Sunithi — September 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

    My husband loves nachos like this. Always orders them when we eat out mexican :) Will try these out at home ! Look even yummier than at Chi Chi’s :) Jenny you look like a kid !!!


  49. #
    Sarah — September 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I’ll convert and be a Ravens fan if you share some of your nachos with me? The Bears are going to be pretty good this year but I may abandon them for those Nachos. Pinned as well!


  50. #
    shannon — September 11, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    you. crack. me. UP. i was SO DEAD ON when i said in my “i stole your ice cream” post that i could totally picture as the girl who invites me to hang out on her couch. and watch football, it seems, along with some drop dead awesome nachos. i want those so bad it hurts. :)

    in other news, i’m thrilled to know i’ll be footballing it up with you this season. You see, i don’t actually like our home team (Rams) so i typically go Bears (because i’m in love with brian urlacher) to get excited. What i really get excited about, though? football food. I start early in the week trying to think of things to make for Mr. Table. because although i like having it on in the background and listening to it, he really likes it, so i have to think of football food for both saturday and sunday. I feel like you’re going to have some really good ideas for fall weekends.

    ps: i sometimes cheer for the Ravens. i have family in baltimore, and you have a good team with some sassy uniforms. I dig them.


  51. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — September 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Wow. That is a purple tree! Lol

    These nachos look CAH-RAAAZY good. Forreals.


  52. #
    Zoe — September 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I’m drooling looking at your cheese loaded nachos… I will be too busy eating instead of watching the football games :p


  53. #
    Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom) — September 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I so very badly need these right now! They look amazing…

    Jamie @


  54. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — September 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Oh gurl! I am so so so happy I found your blog!!! I am a nacho fanatic! Which bodes well with my sports fanatic husband. I love tailgating food! I may do a twist on this amazing chili sauce recipe!!!


  55. #
    Kristina — September 15, 2012 at 10:11 am

    OMG. Those nachos look killer!! I’m so excited its finally FB season, football food is the BEST. Tailgating next weekend for the MIchigan game, definitely inspired to make some nachos!


  56. #
    Carla — September 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Uh oh, I don’t think we can be friends on game days! We aren’t as crazy as you, but Murray does have a Steelers collar (and Penguins and Pirates). Will you still share your nachos? Or will I have to steal them when you are distracted by birds ;)


  57. #
    Kim Bee — September 16, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I have to admit to not being a football fan but you make me rethink my stance on it. It sounds like so much fun and your nachos look killer good. That tree is enough to make me pick a team. Are there any who wear pink? Yah, probably not right.


  58. #
    Melanie — September 16, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Perfect tailgating food! YUM! And love the tree! You are hardcore fans. wow!


  59. #
    Baker Street — September 16, 2012 at 6:58 am

    nothing beats a heaping plate of cheesy and loaded nachos!


  60. #
    MK from Green Bay — September 25, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Your nachos were amazingly good!! We had them last night watching the Packer game. The nachos rocked, the refs sucked!


    • Jennie replied September 25th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      MK, I’m so glad you loved the nachos. It really brings me joy when someone makes my dish and loves it. The refs have been horrible this year. Apparently, the “real” refs are on strike, or something like that.


  61. #
    All That I'm Eating — October 23, 2012 at 11:19 am

    This sounds amazing! I love your homemade chilli sauce, it sounds great.


  62. #
    daphne — October 24, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I have been craving nachos SOOOO BADDD!! I hate but love you for this post!!


  63. #
    Cris — February 18, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing your recipe with this “black n gold” fan ;-) lol
    And I can relate to the countdown. Here it is mid-feb. and we already can’t wait until training camp in July.
    Congrats on the BIG “W”


  64. #
    Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser — April 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I made a HUGE plate of these and they were devoured in minutes. Such a great recipe to watch the game!


    • Jennie replied April 25th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Ellen, I’m so happy you enjoyed these. They’re so addictive!



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