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Reuben Irish Nachos

Prepare to get extremely excited over these Reuben Irish Nachos. Crispy potatoes topped with tender corned beef, melt-y Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and homemade thousand island dressing.

Reuben Irish Nachos

That’s right, I turned the classic reuben sandwich into a delicious appetizer. You. Are. Welcome.

Damn, if this isn’t one of the best things I’ve shoveled into my mouth lately. You guys are going to become just as obsessed with these Reuben Irish Nachos as I am.

Reuben Irish Nachos

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? It falls on a Friday this year, so I expect the green beer to be flowing and the bars to be brimming with “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” T-shirts. Because everyone’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day.

I do celebrate, but I always pass on the green beer (blech!) and choose a local stout instead. I can’t do cheap beer, especially cheap beer that has been dyed a hideous shade of puke green. I’m too old for that shit.

Reuben Irish Nachos

I won’t be caught dead wearing an Irish-themed T-shirt. Nope. Not happening! I also refuse to wear green plastic hats, beads, blinking head gear, etc. I’ll be the gal in the corner sipping on my stout with a plate of corned beef and cabbage sitting in front of me, sans green.

If you don’t feel like battling the crowds next Friday, I highly recommend celebrating at home with a heaping plate of Reuben Irish Nachos. No sharing necessary.

I traded the classic tortilla chip–because they’re not the least bit Irish–for thinly sliced Idaho® red potatoes that get baked in a 450 degree F. oven until extra crispy. You know they’re perfect when the slices start to brown and curl at the edges. Crunch is king!

Reuben Irish Nachos

The crispy potatoes get layered with chopped corned beef–I used Boar’s Head right from the deli, but you can also use leftover brisket. If you’re going the deli route, make sure you purchase a quality brand and have them thinly slice it.

After the corned beef gets sprinkled over the potatoes, a layer of strained sauerkraut is added. DO NOT skip straining the kraut. It’s extremely important if you want the end result to be a pile of crispy deliciousness and not a soggy mess.

Let’s not forget the cheese, and lots of it! Of course we’re keeping it traditional with shredded Swiss cheese. The pan then goes back in the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese and warm the beef and kraut.

Reuben Irish Nachos

Drizzle with thousand island dressing–homemade or store-bought. Because I had some leftover crispy bacon, I added that to the top as well. Serve immediately. Wait for the obsession to wash over you.

Reuben Irish Nachos

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 45 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes


• 1 pound Idaho® red potatoes, cut into 1/8-inch slices
• 1 tablespoon canola oil
• ½ teaspoon kosher salt
• ¼ teaspoon black pepper
• 1 and ½ cups chopped corned beef
• 1 and ½ cups sauerkraut, drained well
• 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
• ½ cup pre-cooked crumbled bacon
• 3 tablespoons Thousand Island dressing, plus more for serving
• 2 tablespoons sliced scallions, for garnish


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
2. Add potato slices to a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
3. Transfer the potato slices to the prepared baking sheets, spreading them out in an even layer, making sure not to overlap the slices. Bake for 12 minutes on each side, or until golden and slightly crispy.
4. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a cast iron pan or small baking dish. Layer the potatoes in the bottom of the pan. Top with chopped corned beef, sauerkraut, and grated Swiss cheese (in that order). Sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
5. Drizzle the dressing over the top and garnish with scallions. Serve immediately.

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Reuben Irish Nachos

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6 Responses to “Reuben Irish Nachos”

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    Liren | Kitchen Confidante — March 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I’m all about celebrating at home, with a big tray of these amazing nachos! I love how you put a reuben in one of my favorite bar foods!


  2. #
    Heather Brown — March 9, 2017 at 11:18 am

    These look great!


  3. #
    Lisa @ Wine & Glue — March 10, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    This is absolutely genius!


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    mjskitchen — March 12, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Now that is a plate of nachos!!! Pass it this way please. I was looking for something different for St. Pat’s day and I think I just found it. Thanks!


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    Michelle ~My Gluten-free Kitchen — April 19, 2017 at 2:14 am

    I love this idea! Naturally gluten-free too as long as the dressing is. So creative!



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