Build-Your-Own Nacho Bar

Wow your guests with this Build-Your-Own Nacho Bar! Slow cooker white queso sauce makes the prep work a breeze. Allow your guests to choose their toppings and build the nacho plate of their dreams!

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This Build-Your-Own Nacho Bar will be the star of your party for sure! It is today’s Fiesta Friday recipe! A Build-Your-Own Nacho Bar will be the hit of any party, any time of year! I first made it for a Christmas Party we had back in December and our guests couldn’t get enough. It’s delicious food and a fun activity all packed into one!

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Get ALL THE TOPPINGS! The more the merrier in my book! Tomatoes, black olives, black beans, ground meat, jalapeños, shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and shredded cheese were my toppings of choice, but the sky is really the limit on what you can choose.

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You will want to choose a high quality tortilla chip that is pretty thick. Thinner chips will get soggy and not be able to hold up all of the yummy toppings! I used the chips you can get at some grocery stores that they make in-house, you can sometimes find them near the bakery.

If you want to take your nacho bar up a notch, you can find similar nacho trays on Amazon or probably at your local party store.

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I have an issue with orange cheese sauce, unless it’s on macaroni & cheese it really grosses me out. Nachos are 10 times better in my book if they are made with a white queso sauce. This slow cooker queso is made with just 2 types of cheese – cream cheese and American cheese. American might seem like a strange choice for a queso, but it just melts so perfectly there isn’t a better choice. Add some sour cream, green chilis and spices and boom, it’s queso! The cheese sauce takes about 2.5 hours on low in the slow cooker. Everything else can be prepped ahead and put into serving bowls right before guests arrive.

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In case you missed the previous weeks of Fiesta Friday recipes:

Week 1: Mexican Pork Sausage Breakfast Tacos

Week 2: Lime in the Coconut Cupcakes

Week 3: Easy Skillet Chicken Enchiladas


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Build-Your-Own Nacho Bar

  • Author: Sprinkles & Sea Salt


Wow your guests with this Build-Your-Own Nacho Bar! Slow cooker white queso sauce makes the prep work a breeze. Allow your guests to choose their toppings and build the nacho plate of their dreams!



1 large bag tortilla chips

Cheese Sauce

1 8oz block cream cheese
1.5 pounds white, American cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 cup whole milk
1 4.5oz can green chilis
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp chili powder


2 pounds ground turkey
1 package chili spice mix


1 cup sliced, pickled jalapeños
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup sliced black olives
1 cup tomatoes (chopped with 2 tsp olive oil and salt)
1 15.5oz can black beans
1 cup shredded cheese (Mexican Blend)
Classic Guacamole 


In the bowl of a slow cooker add all the ingredients for the cheese sauce
Set the slow cooker to low for 2.5 hours
Stir cheese mixtures every 30 minutes
Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium-high heat, add ground turkey meat, brown
Once meat is browned add a taco spice pack, mix
Remove from heat, put in a bowl for serving
Set out all of the toppings in small bowls with serving utensils
Open slow cooker, keep it on warm
Allow guests to fill a tray with chip, top with cheese, meat and whatever toppings they desire


You can find the nacho trays on Amazon

Serve queso straight out of the slow cooker so it stays warm for the duration of the party

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If you make this Build-Your-Own Nacho Bar let me know how you like it!  Leave a star rating and comment here! If you snap a photo, I’d love to see it – share it over on Instagram and tag me @sprinklesandseasalt!

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  1. Lisa said:

    I am drooling over here, looks so delicious! Queso for LIFE.

  2. Christina said:

    How many does this serve?

    • Laura said:

      8-10 people!