Denny’s Nachos Recipe

Tex-Mex fan? Enjoy creamy, crispy nachos with fresh toppings. I’ll show you how to make Denny’s Nachos, one of my favorite meals, at home today!

I’ve tried a lot of nachos as a food enthusiast, but Denny’s Nachos just hit the mark. I love the crispy, creamy, and fresh flavors.

However, eating out every time I want nachos is costly and time-consuming. I’ve mastered Denny’s Nachos at home, and it’s a game-changer!

It’s cheap and fun to amaze friends and family. Serve handmade nachos at a game or movie night. Guaranteed success!

How to Make Denny’s Nachos

Customers have loved this classic meal at Denny’s for decades thanks to its crispy chips, melted cheddar cheese, and fresh toppings. Did you realize, however, that you can make a version of this dish in your kitchen?

I’ll show you exactly what to do to recreate the famous Denny’s Nachos at home, and I’ll give you some insider secrets to make them even better than the original.

Denny’s Nachos Ingredients

  • 1 bag of tortilla chips
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (such as cheddar or Monterey Jack)
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of guacamole
  • 1 cup of diced cooked protein of your choice (such as ground beef, grilled chicken, or steak)

Step by Step Instructions To Make Denny’s Nachos

Set the temperature in your oven to 350 degrees. A big baking dish should have a layer of tortilla chips strewn across the bottom of it.

On top of the chips, spread a layer of the refried bean dip.
The tomato, onion, and jalapeño pepper should be sprinkled over the beans in a chopped form.

Include one layer of the cooked protein that you have selected.
A sufficient amount of shredded cheese should be sprinkled on top.

The nachos should be baked in an oven that has been warmed for ten to fifteen minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

Take the nachos out of the oven and allow them to cool for a couple of minutes before serving. For dipping, the sour cream and guacamole should be served on the side with the nachos.

Denny’s Nachos Faq’s

Can I use different types of cheese for my nachos?

Yes, you can use any type of cheese that melts well, such as pepper jack, mozzarella, or a blend of different cheeses.

How do I make my nachos less spicy?

You can reduce the amount of diced jalapeños in the recipe or omit them altogether. You can also substitute them with diced bell peppers for a milder flavor.

Can I use store-bought queso sauce instead of shredded cheese?

Yes, you can use queso sauce instead of shredded cheese. Simply heat the queso sauce in a saucepan until it’s warm and drizzle it over the top of the nachos.

Can I make these nachos ahead of time?

While these nachos are best when served immediately, you can assemble them ahead of time and refrigerate them until you’re ready to bake them. Just make sure to add the toppings right before baking.

Differences Between Regular Nachos and Denny’s Nachos

Nachos are endlessly customizable. Denny’s Nachos differ for several reasons.

Denny’s Nachos start with a crispy, sturdy tortilla chip mix. The chips are liberally seasoned for extra flavor.

Second, Denny’s Nachos have a perfectly melted cheddar-pepper jack mix. It’s creamy and not stringy.

Finally, Denny’s Nachos have fresh toppings that elevate the meal. The fixings pair well with crispy chips and melted cheese, from juicy diced tomatoes and fresh guacamole to tangy salsa and savory jalapenos.

Tips and Tricks For the Best Denny’s Nachos

  • Cheddar or Monterey Jack are good melting cheeses.
  • Spread the fixings evenly over the nachos so each chip gets a little of everything.
  • Preheating the baking pan before adding the tortilla chips makes the nachos extra crispy.
  • Don’t overdo the toppings—you want the chips to keep up.
  • Season ground meat for nachos with cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder.
Homemade Dennys Nachos Recipe

Denny’s Nachos Recipe

I'm going to tell you how to replicate Denny's Nachos at home because I've mastered the process. If you want to make nachos that will blow the minds of your friends and family, you need to follow my detailed directions and advice.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 116 kcal


  • 1 bag of tortilla chips
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese such as cheddar or Monterey Jack
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of guacamole
  • 1 cup of diced cooked protein of your choice such as ground beef, grilled chicken, or steak


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Spread a layer of tortilla chips on the bottom of a large baking dish.
  • Spread a layer of refried beans over the chips.
  • Sprinkle the diced tomato, onion, and jalapeno pepper over the beans.
  • Add a layer of the cooked protein of your choice.
  • Top with a generous amount of shredded cheese.
  • Bake the nachos in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Remove the nachos from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Serve the nachos with a side of sour cream and guacamole for dipping.
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