Campfire Irish Nachos
Updated: Dec 17, 2020
Have you ever heard of these? I definitely had not prior to being home with Matt 24/7.
Apparently this is a huge appetizer that people are obsessed with. Matt calls them "tachos," which is extremely unappetizing. However, this was easily one of the most delicious appetizers I have ever eaten, in my life.
A few posts back I made this dish with the beloved campfire bbq sauce and nachos. It was a huge hit, and we regularly have this sauce made and in the refrigerator for dipping chicken nuggets and fried pickles. Yesterday Matt was eating lunch with the kids and he used the sauce to dip his chicken nuggets and tater tots in and he said "wow you know we should try making Irish nachos with the tots and campfire sauce," and that's where it all began. Because, we have nothing better to do that create extreme comfort food while we are stuck here, on our asses.
We have been taking walks, to offset the horrible eating decisions.
I explored what Irish nachos are supposed to be, what they're supposed to be made with and what I needed for a basis. Okay, there are a lot of different ways to make these things. You can use waffle fries, ruffle potato chips, plain French fries, the list goes on, and because Matt was inspired by tater tots, we made them with tots. Also because I wasn't going back to the store.
The same goes for cheese preference, we had some leftover cheez whiz that wouldn't really be enough for anything but a drizzle across some tortilla chips. Why not just use that? Right? Right. I will tell you it was the best possible choice, ever. Never underestimate the power of cheez whiz sauce on a tater tot ever again.
I would like to talk about how I saw a post for Reuben Irish Nachos, and I did not click on it because I hate Reubens, but that goes to show that the possibilities are endless for topping tater tots. I never even thought to "spice up" tater tots and now Matt wants to make our own, handmade tots. We went with the metaled cheese, bacon, sour cream and chives edition. And to spice it up, the campfire sauce. Tater tots will never be the same. The only way this could get better is if we really do make the tater tots by hand and fry them. I'll get back to you on that.
Please eat these, and promptly go for a walk, six feet away from all human life.
I'm sure most of us already are, considering the world is closed right now, but if you are an optimist wearing jeans, change into stretchy pants.
1/2 bag of frozen tater tots
(for the campfire sauce)
3/4 CUP mayo
1/2 CUP bbq sauce
1 TBSP garlic powder
1 TSP chili powder
sriracha sauce (to taste)
1. Cook the tater tots, air fry or bake, for 25 minutes at 375 degrees (they should be crispy, not soggy)
2. While the tater tots cook, fry three strips of bacon
3. If you haven't pre-made the campfire sauce, make that while the tots and bacon cook. Combine all the above ingredients together, toss the sauce in the fridge while everything cooks
4. In a pan or very carefully in the microwave heat up the cheez whiz, I recommend 3.5 minutes in the microwave, but in 1 minute intervals to be sure that it doesn't burn and boiling over the top
For the layering:
+ Spread the tater tots across a plate, they can overlap
+ Spoon the cheez whiz in a drizzling motions all across the potatoes, you want to try to + Cover all the potatoes with cheese sauce
+ Drizzle the campfire sauce across the potatoes
+ Scoop a TBSP of sour cream onto the top
+ Finish with chives across the plate
+ We recommend using a fork for eating. Enjoy xo