Seafood Nachos are some of our favorite appetizers. We always
make them when we watch the Super Bowl, too!
Bowl Sunday we make a variety of munchies to eat during the game. Seafood Nachos are
some of our standard don’t-you-dare-forget-to-make-them food, whether we are hosting a Super Bowl party or enjoying
the game by ourselves. We also eat them occasionally during the rest of the year, but it is a valued tradition
around our house to serve Seafood Nachos during the big game.
A few years ago our favorite Mexican restaurant closed with no
warning. After an appropriate grieving period, we set out to find a restaurant that made the foods we craved from
the old favorite. It was harder to do than we thought and we tried the food at many Mexican restaurants. We finally
found our new favorite Mexican restaurant with fresh, tasty food close enough to our old favorites to satisfy us
except for one dish…Seafood Nachos. No one else made seafood nachos anything close to what we were looking
There is something about the combination of shrimp, crab,
crunchy corn chips, and hot melted cheese that totally satisfies our tummies and created major cravings. Why was it
so hard to find a replacement? We finally decided we would have to make them ourselves if we ever wanted to have
them again. Luckily, it was pretty simple once we found the combination of ingredients to create what we were
Small salad shrimp are easy to find in the frozen section of
the supermarket. We found that Monterey Jack cheese melted very well with no grease and had the right flavor. We
tried real crab meat for the nachos, but found the real stuff too fishy tasting and expensive, so we opted for the
“imitation crab”, which is made out of flavored fish. It is mild in flavor and surprisingly tastes less like fish
than the real crab does! Now, we normally don’t like the imitation crab stuff. This is the only thing we use
it for. (If you are ever in a restaurant and you see krab with a “k” on the menu, it is the imitation
stuff. Restaurants are supposed to use "krab" for the fake and "crab" for the real crab on their menu. I
think they can get in trouble if they don’t do that.)
It is better to shred the cheese yourself off of a block of
Monterey Jack cheese. The already-shredded cheese in packages has flour or cornstarch added to it to keep
the pieces from sticking together. It doesn’t hurt anything to use the pre-shredded, but we prefer to shred it
Seafood Nachos off with some pickled jalapeños, sour cream, and a sprinkle of paprika and you have a tasty
1. Adjust oven rack to the lower middle position and
preheat the oven to 3500 F.
2. Lay corn tortilla chips out on a flat pan with low edges, such as a jelly
roll pan, making sure the chips do not overlap. Place shrimp and krab on each chip.
3. Divide the cheese evenly over all of the chips, making
sure it is not clumped in one spot on each chip. Place pan in oven for 7 to 10 minutes or
until the cheese melts and chips brown a little on the edges, but not so the chips
the pan from the oven. Put a dollop of sour cream and a pickled jalapeño slice or two on each
chip. Sprinkle paprika over the top, if desired.