Loaded Steak Nachos

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These definitely aren’t your average nachos! These Loaded Steak Nachos are gluten-free, dairy-free, and simple to make. Plus, they’ll give your taste buds a fast ride to Flavortown! Each chip has layer upon layer of textures and flavors mingling together to make one the meanest plate of nachos you’ve ever come across. This recipe engages all your culinary senses with each bite. And each chip has so many exciting things happening, you won’t have time to realize that there’s no cheese on these nachos!

Loaded Steak Nachos | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Creamy, Savory, Crunchy, and Sweet

The idea for these nachos first hit us when Lauren saw a Taco Bell commercial. It worked in our favor that she was incredibly hungry at the time. If she wasn’t, she may not have been convincing enough to coax Tyler into taking a trip to the grocery store. She had a vision of nachos with guacamole, veggies, and chunks of steak spread over the plate. After some brainstorming, we realized spreading some salsa all over would bring some welcome sweetness to the chips, and a squirt of lemon juice over the top would add some acid to catch your attention as soon as you take a bite. We were ready to bring the vision to life.

Loaded Steak Nachos | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Loaded Steak Nachos

The layers of these nachos add a unique flavor and texture to each bite. The chip and guacamole combine a saltly crunchiness and creaminess. The caramelized veggies and seared steak contribute rich, juicy, savory-ness on top of that. And then the jalapeños, salsa, and lemon juice pile on a hit of sweetness/spice (depending on your salsa) and acid. Each bite is a treat! Make a plate of these Loaded Steak Nachos to pass around as an appetizer or make a full plate to sit down and enjoy for dinner. Whatever situation you’re eating these nachos in, you are in for a treat!

Loaded Steak Nachos | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Pro Tips

To ensure each bite is as delicious as possible, take time to ensure all the chips have a bit of each ingredient. It’ll still be tasty if you spread the toppings around quickly, but the key to a perfect bite each time you grab a chip is to make sure all the layers of flavor are present!

To make the steak especially tasty, take it out of the fridge about an hour before you start cooking it. Bringing it to room temperature will help it cook more evenly. And even though everything will be smelling amazing and you’ll want to hurry up and get these Loaded Steak Nachos plated, don’t skip the step of letting the steak rest before you cut it. It will make the steak much juicier once you eat it!

Loaded Steak Nachos | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Loaded Steak Nachos | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

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Loaded Steak Nachos
These definitely aren't your average nachos! These Loaded Steak Nachos are gluten-free, dairy-free, and simple to make. They're great as a meal, or you can serve them as a tasty appetizer or snack. Please note: All the ingredients below are easy to find gluten- and dairy-free, but not all brands are safe. So be sure to always check the ingredients.
Loaded Steak Nachos | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
meals (could turn into more servings as an appetizer)
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
meals (could turn into more servings as an appetizer)
Ingredients
Loaded Steak Nachos | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Instructions
  1. Dice onion and bell pepper.
  2. Place a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add some olive oil and sautee the onion and pepper. Add salt. Then stir occasionally as everything else is prepared.
  3. Place a cast iron skillet over a medium-high burner. Once the pan is hot, add the dairy-free butter and let it melt to coat the pan.
  4. While the pan is heating up, rub both sides of the steak with olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin. Use liberal amounts of seasoning to cover both sides thoroughly.
  5. Place steak in the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes (depends on how thick your steak is and how rare you prefer it). Flip it over and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Remove steak from skillet and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the pit and skin of the avocados. Mash the avocados in a small bowl with lemon juice, garlic powder, and salt. Taste test as you add the seasonings to find the right amount of each for your preference.
  8. Slice jalapeños into coins. Remove seeds as needed to accommodate your spice tolerance.
  9. Place tortilla chips on plates or a serving tray, overlapping the chips as little as possible. Spread avocado and caramelized peppers and onions over the chips.
  10. Cut the steak into bite-sized pieces. Spread them across the chips (we like at least one piece for every chip!).
  11. Top the nachos off with your favorite salsa, jalapeños, and a squirt of lemon juice.

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