Cheeseburger Nachos with Special Sauce


Cheeseburger Nachos with Special Sauce are everything you love about cheeseburgers, in nacho form!


I guess I’m not sure if this is something to brag about, but Ben and I are total nacho connoisseurs.

Right. While some people know wine, we know nachos. And wine, I suppose, but you know what I mean. Well, I guess we know what wines taste good to us, but does that make us actual wine connoisseurs?




After several years of hard work and dedication, we’ve successfully identified which restaurants and bars around town layer their nachos to achieve the optimal chip to toppings ratio, which ones serve the ideal mix of both shredded cheese and cheese sauce, and which ones top their tortilla chips with chicken that tastes like hot dogs and should be avoided at all costs.


It happened.

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Anywho, while we love to seek out the very best our town has to offer, it’s also fun to concoct plates of crunchy, hot and cheesy nachos in the comfort of our own kitchen.

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Whether we line up fresh toppings nacho bar style, fill our chips to the brim with wacky ingredients, or even bake our own tortilla chips for an ultra-flavorful crunch, making our own nacho platter is little more budget and waistline friendly then ordering out every time we’re hit with a hankering.

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Not to mention, making nachos at home allows us to get creative with fun, fusion dishes like Cheeseburger Nachos with Special Sauce!


Oh yeah! All the makings of a yummy, fire-grilled cheeseburger with “special sauce” on crunchy, homemade flour tortilla chips. So freaking delish!


Cheeseburger Nachos with Special Sauce

Serves 2


Cheeseburger Nachos with Special Sauce are everything you love about cheeseburgers, in nacho form!


  • 2 burrito-sized flour tortillas
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Thousand Island dressing
  • 1/3lb lean ground beef
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Toppings:
    • shredded lettuce
    • white onion, shredded
    • tomato, chopped
    • pickles, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut flour tortillas into 8 wedges each, then place on a foil-lined, non-stick sprayed baking sheet and spray the tops with more non-stick spray. Bake for 3-4 minutes, or until wedges are slightly toasted and just starting to turn golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, place ground beef in a pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat, season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder, and brown. Drain, then return to the pan.
  3. Mix together ketchup and Thousand Island dressing in a small bowl, then spread 1/2 teaspoon of the sauce onto each toasted tortilla wedge. Top with ground beef and cheddar cheese, then bake for 4-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  4. Top hot nachos with optional toppings and serve immediately.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


Ok, Cheeseburger Nachos were either going to work, or fail miserably, but guess what? They totally worked! I suppose all that taste testing to achieve nacho expert status paid off.


The nachos tasted exactly like a cheeseburger, complete with special sauce made from ketchup and Thousand Island dressing, and Ben and I each licked our plates clean. Total repeater!


In other news, I’m off to enjoy a glass of that aforementioned wine I know so much about, with cold, fresh pineapple bobbing inside, while working on some freelance projects tonight. You know, just keepin’ it classy!


Wine poll: Red, or white? During the week, or just for weekends?

I love a good cabernet, but prefer a not-too-sweet white in the hot spring and summer months. I also used to be adamant about not drinking a drop of alcohol during the week, since I get up so early, but I’ve found that one glass is a nice way to relax at night, and has no effect on me in the a.m.!

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  1. these look sinfully delicious!!

    i like both red and white. white is great on summer nights, but out to a fancy steak dinner, i definitely go with the red.

  2. Brittney 04.02.2012

    I was most recently surprised at the quality of El Bait Shop’s nachos (though I’m not sure they could beat their homemade Twisted Chips.) The best nachos I’ve ever had were from a tequilaria in Chicago.

    And white wine– any time!

    • Brooke 04.02.2012

      I love el Bait Shop’s nachos!

  3. Alyssa 04.02.2012

    Have you had the Beaver Nachos at Tallys in Beaverdale? Bacon, BBQ sauce, and Blue Cheese.. to name a few ingredients! Yum! Where is your favorite place for nachos?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 04.03.2012

      No, I’ve never even heard of Tally’s! Will have to do some research…

  4. Trisha 04.02.2012

    These nachos are so. much. fun!

    I too, enjoy a nice glass of merlot or red zin from time to time, but much prefer a refreshing glass of not-too-sweet white. Adding fresh or frozen fruit is the summertime icing on the white wine cake!

  5. Generally just on weekends, but if we go out to eat during the week I’ll have a glass. And I’m usually a red girl, but I’ll enjoy white every now and then, especially during the warmer months.

  6. Jamie 04.02.2012

    So I’m about 4 days away from my due date and am totally craving a good Sauv Blanc!! I cannot wait until I can enjoy a full glass of wine, or two :)

  7. Christine 04.02.2012

    Those nachos look good. For wine, not a big wine drinker, but will do a sweet wine. Prefer beer myself.

  8. JennP 04.02.2012

    I love wine – chardonnay and pinot noir are my respective white/red choices. Sadly its going to be another wine-less spring and summer for me while I await baby #2 in August! (Sad about the wine, not the baby of course ;)

  9. AC 04.02.2012

    Zimm’s on ingersoll = a total win in the nacho department! I’m usually a fan of the sweeter wines… tassel ridge’s blackberry wine is my fave!!

  10. Joan Jones 04.02.2012

    Seriously, I thought this post was an April fool’s Joke??? Cheeseburger nachos??? Doesn’t sound too appealing…………but I do like cheeseburgers. Pictures are good.

  11. beth 04.02.2012

    cheeseburger nachos, get out!! I love this. at first I saw the pickle and was like, no that surely can’t be a pickle on nachos! LOL. quick and easy with no grill required. Ok, so I’m a freak that is allergic to wine!! So for me it’s a no-no anytime, anywhere. I can drink light beer and that’s it!

  12. White- when I want to relax. Red to complement food. :)

  13. Kim 04.02.2012

    The nachos at bandit burrito are amazing! Black beans, wild rice, and the best mole chicken ever! You need to try them, or a burrito bowl, so much better than chipotle!

  14. Lauren 04.02.2012

    oh definitely definitely red. I always say you know if someone is a real wine drinker by the type of wine they choose. :)

  15. Lindsey 04.02.2012

    Not a big wine drinker, but I do like dessert wines like Moscato.

    Yummy nachos!

  16. Erin 04.02.2012

    They look delicious! Will you share your best places for nachos? It’s hard to get the hubby to try new places without some sort of proof of something delicious, and nachos are one of our favorites as well!

  17. Kelly 04.02.2012

    You should share your favorite local nachos. Inquiring minds want to know.

  18. Erin 04.02.2012

    A friend and I also consider ourselves nacho connoisseurs! We love the nachos at Bandit Burrito in Johnston. If you haven’t tried them you must. They are to die for!

  19. CJ - Food Stories 04.02.2012

    Very creative. I totally had to do a double take about the pickles., though. I’m reading and reading and then went, “whoa, was that a pickle?” Looks tasty, though.

  20. CJ - Food Stories 04.02.2012

    I don’t drink much alcohol but when I do, it’s usually Chardonnay.

  21. Dee 04.02.2012

    OMG I think I just gained 5 lbs. I want these in my mouth now!

  22. Casey 04.02.2012

    Love white wine, especially Riesling. I’m also not opposed to sangria of any kind. ANY night (or day) of the week is A-OK with me.. its wine o’clock somewhere, right?

  23. Michelle 04.02.2012

    Absolutely love, love red wine- with food, or to relax! I try to steer clear during the week but if we are doing dinner with friends I will have a glass or two. The weekends I enjoy!

  24. Nicole 04.02.2012

    Did you ever have the Italian Nachos at Bordo’s (isn’t there anymore, it was on 8th street in WDM). Those were the best, sadly gone. have attempted a copycat at home that was pretty good. Will have to try your Cheeseburger Nachos – looks great!

  25. AC 04.02.2012

    I agree with the bandit burrito comments!

  26. Staci G 04.02.2012

    I literally had a rumbly in my tummbly just looking at the pics! And, of coarse, my future Nacho (and Doughnut) connoisseur (5 yr old son) would be up for these anytime! I’m a Pinot girl, but then again, I’ll drink a glass of crisp white right out of the box, there is no shame in my game.

  27. Maria W 04.02.2012

    White wine, if I have a choice.
    My brother owns a winery in Baxter, Tennessee. Just Google ‘winery in Baxter Tennessee’ to mail order some prize-winning wine and take a look at their website while you’re there. I love to spread the word about it!!!

  28. Jv 04.02.2012

    I’d love to hear more about your local favorites for nachos and beyond.
    I don’t drink during the week and love no particular wine, only every sangria I’ve tried!

  29. Ashley 04.02.2012

    You MUST try the cheeseburger pizza at Happy Joe’s! Not sure if there’s one near you, but I know they’re in the Quad Cities. Just like your nachos, it just works! The cheese…the pickles… mmm mmm

  30. MC 04.02.2012

    Looks delicious! We like a nice bottle of wine on a few nights during the week. I’m French, it’s expected :) Red or white depending on what we’re eating.

  31. Allison 04.02.2012

    I work at Jethro’s and the nachos there are pretty good! They have a white cheddar cheese sauce that is to die for.

  32. Tessa 04.02.2012

    The pickles in here has to be what takes this over the top for me. Yum!

  33. April 04.02.2012

    Seriously….best idea ever! Can’t wait to try these. Thank you!

  34. White in the summer for sure! But with a nice steak, a nice red will do.

  35. Alison 04.03.2012

    AMAZING! I’d love to give these a try.

  36. Life's a Bowl 04.03.2012

    Cheeseburger nachos [or something similar] need to be added to our menu this week- it’s only 7:30AM and I’m craving them :P

  37. Chad 04.03.2012

    Ok, so I have come to one conclusion…. This is becoming a bad way to start my day (as my mouth is watering) Also, not sure that they count as Nachos but the Irish Nachos at Dublin Bay in Ames Rock! All the fun of Nachos but served on waffle fries!

    PS… could’t help but throw in a that’s what she said to dee’s comment!

  38. Katie 04.03.2012

    I love a good red, and yes, a glass with dinner during the week is wonderful. Some days, after a stressful day at work, a glass of wine is just what I need. :-)

  39. Micah 04.03.2012

    I might have to try these nachos soon. Mmm!!

    Also, putting pineapple in the wine? Great idea!

  40. Carrie 04.03.2012

    The redder the better! Especially cabernet, shiraz or pinot noir. And I prefer not to drink during the week, with the earliest being Thursday night (I guess that’s one college tradition tha will stick for the time being.)

  41. Derek 04.03.2012

    omg. looks awesome. making.

  42. love homemade tortilla chips! And wine with pineapple sounds delish :)

  43. Michele A. 04.03.2012

    I love a hearty red zin to sip at night on chilly nights, but the warmer it gets and patio-time comes around, then a zingy pinot grigio or rose really hits the spot for me!

    I have a little glass every night after I put my bitsy boy to bed – a nice way to unwind with my hubby! :)

  44. My husband is going to love me when I make these! As for the wine, I’ll have it any night of the week. {Just not too much on a “school night”!} I do in-home Wine Tastings, so I love teaching about it and finding the perfect pairings. While I wouldn’t normally pair a white with a cheeseburger or cheeseburger nachos, the #1 rule of thumb when pairing: Drink whatever wine YOU like with that food. ;-)


  45. Aasa 04.03.2012

    ooh I love a good red especially Bourgogne or Beaujolais Villages =)

  46. These look ah-mazing!! My boys would LOVE these nachos :D

  47. Marcy 04.03.2012

    I enjoy a glass once in a while during the week. I don’t have one every night but if I feel like having one, I do. But I rarely drink more than one glass. Especially reds. Sometimes more than one glass is just too much. I also like an iced white or a sweet red table wine (like Lucy Lane by Jasper Winery or Raspberry by Tabor Home) during the summer months. :)

  48. Deborah 04.03.2012

    I must be strange, but I am not a wine fan at all! Is there anyone else out there too? I am a beer drinker, but a very, very picky one. Blue Moon or Leini’s Honey Weiss, thank you very much :)

  49. We have just a glass of wine at least 4 times a week. Red or white depending on the food. I love Rioja (Spanish).
    The nachos look fantastic! :D

  50. Hubster and I love a deep red, usually a cabernet. We’ve been re-exploring white recently and have some favorites. Wine is an all week drink in our house. It’s so relaxing!

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