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Copycat Trash Can Nachos

Copycat Trash Can Nachos Recipe

Guy Fieri's Trash Can Nachos are legendary and I made them at home - so simple and really delicious - all the layers are perfect! The key is all in the layering - which gives you the perfect cheese to chip ratio!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6 people
Calories 1200 kcal


Super Melty Cheese

Black Bean Puree

Pico de Gallo

  • 2 cups Roma tomatoes finely diced
  • 1/2 cup white onion finely diced
  • 2 jalapenos seeded, minced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • 16 oz corn tortilla chips
  • 3 cups Super Melty Cheese recipe above
  • 2 cups Black Bean Puree recipe above
  • 2 cups meat of your choice brisket, steak, chicken, pulled pork
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar bbq sauce
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups Pico de Gallo recipe above
  • 2 jalapenos thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp pickled red onions
  • cilantro


  • Make Ahead: You can (and should) make your meat, black bean puree, pico de gallo and pickled red onions ahead of time

Pickled Red Onions - use the red onions from this refrigerator pickle recipe

    Black Bean Puree

    • Using a blender or food processor, add 3/4 of the rinsed beans, chicken stock and spices
    • Blend into a puree
    • Fold in remaining beans for texture

    Super Melty Cheese Sauce

    • Place a small pot on medium heat and bring the half and half to a simmer
    • Reduce heat to low and whisk in Velveeta until melted
    • Add in gouda, white cheddar, Worcestershire and Tabasco
    • Whisk until all cheese is melted
    • Set aside and keep warm

    Trash Can Nachos!

    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
    • On a baking sheet - lay out your chips in a thin, one-chip layer
    • Drizzle the warm cheese sauce over the chips - make it a heavy drizzle (reserve one spoonful for your plate)
    • Follow with layers of black beans, shredded cheese, diced meat and bbq sauce
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    • Place nachos in the oven for 5-7 minutes until shredded cheese melts
    • While the nachos are heating - spoon the remaining cheese sauce on your serving plate
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    • Place your can on the plate (see notes for where to find your own "trash can") over the cheese circle
    • Remove the nachos from the oven and using a spatula - layer the baked nachos into the can nearly all the way to the top
    • Garnish the top with sour cream, pico de gallo, jalapenos, pickled red onions and cilantro
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    • Lift the can to reveal your stack of Trash Can Nachos
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    Ingredient Swaps - want to make this quicker? 
    • Black Bean Puree - just use a can or two of black beans, rinsed & drained
    • Cheese Sauce - just use a jar of nacho cheese instead of making your own
    • Cheese Sauce Swap 2 - make my favorite queso recipe
    • Smoked Meat - use Curly's pre-made pulled pork 
    Options for your Trash Can 


    Serving: 1.5cupsCalories: 1200kcalCarbohydrates: 67.8gProtein: 59.6gFat: 68.3gSaturated Fat: 39.8gCholesterol: 255mgSodium: 2244mgPotassium: 466mgFiber: 7.3gSugar: 22gCalcium: 961mgIron: 4mg
    Keyword copycat, nachos
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