Grilled Trash Can Nachos

When it comes to backyard gatherings and outdoor parties, there's nothing quite like the aroma of sizzling food on the grill to get everyone's appetites roaring. While burgers, hot dogs, and kebabs are perennial favorites, it's time to introduce a creative twist to your outdoor feasting. Enter the world of Grilled Trash Can Nachos – a playful and delicious reinterpretation of the classic nachos, infused with the smoky essence of the grill.

This extraordinary culinary adventure combines all the signature nacho ingredients you love – from crispy tortilla chips and melty cheese to zesty toppings like jalapeños, tomatoes, and more – and marries them with the irresistible smokiness that only grilling can provide. The result? A flavorful fiesta that will have your guests lining up for seconds and eagerly sharing stories of the day they first tried Grilled Trash Can Nachos. So, prepare to embark on a journey of taste and fun as we walk you through this sizzling recipe that's bound to be a hit at your next outdoor gathering. Grab your grill tongs and let's get cooking!



  • 1 bag of tortilla chips
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of diced red onions
  • 1 cup of sliced black olives
  • 1 cup of sliced jalapeños (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1 cup of cooked and crumbled ground beef or ground turkey (seasoned with taco seasoning)
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of guacamole
  • 1 cup of salsa
  • 1 cup of refried beans
  • 1 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Start by preparing your grill for indirect heat. If you're using a charcoal grill, bank the charcoal to one side. For a gas grill, turn on one side and leave the other side turned off.

  2. Place a cast-iron skillet or a disposable aluminum pan on the grill grates over the side with indirect heat. This will be your cooking vessel for the nachos.

  3. Begin by spreading a layer of tortilla chips in the skillet or pan.

  4. Sprinkle a layer of shredded cheddar cheese over the chips.

  5. Add diced tomatoes, red onions, black olives, and jalapeños on top of the cheese.

  6. Continue to layer by adding the cooked and crumbled ground beef or ground turkey seasoned with taco seasoning.

  7. Spread a layer of refried beans over the meat.

  8. Add more tortilla chips, cheese, and other toppings to create additional layers until you've used up all your ingredients. Make sure to season each layer with a pinch of salt and pepper.

  9. Place the skillet or pan on the side of the grill with indirect heat, cover the grill, and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Keep an eye on it to prevent burning.

  10. Carefully remove the skillet or pan from the grill using oven mitts or potholders.

  11. Serve the grilled trashcan nachos by placing it on a large table or serving area, and let your guests dig in. You can provide small bowls or plates for your guests to serve themselves.

  12. Offer sides like sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and lime wedges for people to customize their nachos.

Grilled trash can nachos will have that fantastic smoky flavor and a hint of char from the grill, making them an even more delicious and unique snack for your outdoor gathering. Enjoy!

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