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Smoked Nachos Recipe: A Flavorful Snack for Any Occasion

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Scrumptious homemade Smoked Nachos

If you’re looking to take your nacho game to the next level, smoking your nachos is the way to go. Smoked nachos are packed with layers of smoky flavor and gooey, melted cheese that will impress any crowd.

Imagine smoky brisket, chicken, or pork piled on crispy tortilla chips, all melted together with cheese and topped with your favorite nacho fixings. This recipe will show you how to craft the ultimate smoked nachos quickly and easily.

You’ll be using your smoker to add that signature taste that sets these nachos apart from the usual oven-baked version. Grab your ingredients and fire up your smoker—your taste buds are in for a treat!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

  • Tortilla Chips: Use your favorite brand. Substitute: Pita chips or thick-cut potato chips.

  • Shredded Cheese: A mix of cheddar and Monterey Jack works well. Substitute: Mozzarella or Colby Jack.

  • Smoked Meat: Shredded chicken or brisket. Substitute: Pulled pork or smoked tofu for a vegetarian option.

  • Black Beans: Canned and drained. Substitute: Pinto beans or kidney beans.

  • Corn: Fresh or canned. Substitute: Grilled corn off the cob or frozen corn.

  • BBQ Sauce: Adds extra flavor to your meat. Substitute: Hot sauce or salsa.

  • Green Pepper: Chopped. Substitute: Bell pepper or jalapeños for extra spice.

  • Red Onion: Thinly sliced. Substitute: Green onions or white onions.

  • Sour Cream: For topping. Substitute: Greek yogurt or crema.

  • Cilantro: Chopped and fresh. Substitute: Parsley or green onions.

  • Optional Toppings:

    • Sliced Jalapeños
    • Diced Tomatoes
    • Guacamole
    • Green Onions

You can mix and match these ingredients based on what you like and have on hand. Feel free to get creative and add your own favorite toppings!


Step 1: Preheat your smoker to 250°F.

Step 2: Warm your already cooked smoked meat in the microwave.

Step 3: Spread a layer of tortilla chips on a baking sheet or a cast iron skillet.

Step 4: Add a layer of shredded smoked chicken over the chips. You can also use smoked pulled pork.

Step 5: Sprinkle some black beans and corn on top.

Step 6: Drizzle your favorite barbecue sauce over the toppings.

Step 7: Add a layer of shredded cheese. Be generous!

Step 8: Repeat with another layer of chips, meat, beans, corn, and cheese.

Step 9: Place the tray into the smoker and let it cook until the cheese has melted and everything is heated through, about 15 minutes.

Step 10: Take the nachos out of the smoker. If you want them more crispy, pop them in the oven at 350°F for another few minutes.


Tips, Tricks & Storing


  • Layering: Alternate layers of chips and toppings to ensure every bite is flavorful.
  • Melting Cheese: Use a blend like cheddar and Monterey Jack for a gooey, tasty combo.
  • Watch the Heat: Smoke at 350°F for best results. It gives a nice smoky flavor without burning.


  • Prep Ahead: Smoke your meats the day before to save time.
  • Extra Crunch: Briefly bake the chips alone before adding toppings for extra crunch.
  • Queso Magic: Create a homemade queso sauce with flour, milk, and butter for a creamy touch.


  • Leftovers: Store leftover nachos in an airtight container.
  • Reheating: Reheat in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes to regain crispiness.
  • Avoid Sogginess: Keep the chips and toppings separate if storing for later to avoid sogginess.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Variety of Meats: Try using brisket, shredded chicken, or pulled pork. Each adds a different flavor to your nachos.

Vegetables: Beyond the classic black beans and corn, add sliced bell peppers, onions, or even grilled zucchini.

Cheese Options: Mix and match cheeses like cheddar, Monterey Jack, and pepper jack to create a rich and flavorful experience.

Beans: Add pinto beans or refried beans for a twist. They offer a creamy texture and added protein.

Spice Levels: Use jalapenos, poblanos, or even serranos for varying spice levels. If you like it really hot, try a sprinkle of crushed red pepper.

Crunch Factor: For a different crunch, use sweet potato chips or pita chips instead of tortilla chips.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Dips: Serve with guacamole, salsa, and sour cream on the side.
  • Toppings: Garnish with fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, and green onions for an added pop of color.
  • Sides: Pair your smoked nachos with a side of cole slaw or a simple salad to balance the meal.
  • Drinks: Enjoy with a cold soda, beer, or a margarita. The smokiness pairs well with refreshing beverages.

Pro Tip: Layer your nachos to ensure every bite is packed with flavor. Repeat the ingredients for multiple layers before you smoke them.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.