Dumpster Fire Nachos. The perfect party food for any gathering, piled high with all kinds of junk, including fiery jalapeno ranch.

Dumpster Fire Nachos



For the chips:

  • white corn tortillas, about 20
  • pinch of salt
  • peanut oil, for frying

For the jalapeno ranch:

  • 1 1/2 TB DIY Ranch Seasoning
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise, sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced

For assembly:

  • refried beans, prepared, about 1 c.
  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1 TB vegetable oil
  • 1 TB taco seasoning
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 2 c. shredded monterey jack cheese
  • salsa, prepared, about 1/2 c.
  • pico de gallo, prepared, about 1/2 c.
  • sour cream
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced into rounds


For the chips:

  1. Pour about an inch of oil into a frying pan or up to the fill line of a deep fryer and heat to 350°F.
  2. Cut the tortillas like a pizza, into six equal triangles. Drop about 12 at a time into the oil, agitating them to make sure they don’t stick. Fry until golden brown, about 1 minute, and remove to a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with salt to taste.

For the jalapeno ranch:

  1. Combine the milk, mayonnaise and ranch seasoning in a small bowl, stirring so there are no lumps. Stir in the diced jalapeno and let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes so the flavors can meld.

For the nachos:

  1. Heat the oil a large skillet over medium heat and brown the beef. Do not drain. Add the taco seasoning and the water and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes or until the water has evaporated.
  2. Arrange the chips in a large pile on a parchment lined baking sheet. Top with refried beans, the seasoned ground beef, and the shredded cheese. Broil on high for less than a minute, just long enough for the cheese to melt.
  3. Continue topping with the salsa, pico de gallo, sour cream and jalapeno ranch to taste.
  4. Enjoy immediately.


Feel free to sub in store bought items like tortilla chips, refried beans and jalapeno ranch, if you’d like. Here at Away From the Box we like to make stuff from scratch.