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27 January 2017

A comfort food mashup recipe of fluffy Italian gnocchi and all your favorite nacho ingredients, including loads of melted cheese, chorizo, homemade guacamole, jalapeno peppers and more. Decadent and delicious!

Yeah, so, these are just…DANG! #YUM, right off the bat. Mashup recipes are super fun. You take two different dishes, particularly from completely different cultures, and smash them together to see what sort of dish results. It isn’t always a success.

Something you wind up with weird flavors and textures you’re unsure of, with a plate that leaves you quizzical more than anything.

Not so with this recipe! This one is SUPER SUCCESSFUL. We’re talking Extra Cheesy Gnocchi Nachos, baby. Add this to your next party menu. Or hey, make it just for dinner.

Extra Cheesy Gnocchi Nachos – Recipe

I like to make large batches of gnocchi and freeze them so I can whip together gnocchi dishes anytime we want, which hey, is often.

Gnocchi is so good, these pillowy little dumplings that soak up whatever sauce you throw at them. Even from frozen, they cook up in only a few minutes.

Just toss them into boiling water and wait for them to float. Done! And speaking of sauce, no sauce here today, folks. In lieu of sauce, we’re bringing in those nacho ingredients, particularly a LOT of shredded cheddar cheese, and we’re going to town.

Extra Cheesy Gnocchi Nachos – Recipe

How to Make Cheesy Gnocchi Nachos – The Recipe Method

In a nutshell, you’ll cook the chorizo in a 10-inch pan – this is for 2 servings, by the way. It is super easy to scale up.

With the chorizo about half way done, toss in the jalapeno peppers and sear them until they start to char a bit and blacken around the edges. I LOVE them this way.

Toss in the garlic for a bit, then add in your cooked gnocchi, which you can quickly boil while the chorizo and jalapeno peppers are cooking. Crisp up the cooked gnocchi in the pan a bit.

Toss on the cheese and cover it all up. Use a minimum of 3 ounces cheddar cheese to shred, but you can fit more. It all depends on how cheesy you want it!

Extra cheese for me, please! Melt that cheese down and you’re nearly ready.

Top it all with your favorite nacho toppings, like homemade guacamole, extra jalapeno, diced tomato, yackity-schmackity. You know what you like. It’s nachos! With gnocchi.

Yeah. Enjoy!

Mmmm. So CHEESY.

Extra Cheesy Gnocchi Nachos – Recipe

Patty’s Perspective

All I can say is AMAZING!! What an interesting mashup. Comfort food to the extreme!

Try Some of My Other Popular Nacho Recipes

If you try this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 2 votes
Extra Cheesy Gnocchi Nachos
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
A comfort food mashup recipe of fluffy Italian gnocchi and all your favorite nacho ingredients, including loads of melted cheese, chorizo, homemade guacamole, jalapeno peppers and more. Decadent and delicious!
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Italian, Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 253 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
  • 6 ounces chorizo
  • 2 jalapeno peppers sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 8 ounces prepared gnocchi
  • 3 ounces minimum cheddar cheese, shredded - add more for EXTRA CHEESY!
  • Homemade guacamole for serving
  • 1 chopped tomato for serving
  1. Get a pot of salted water boiling for when you’re ready to cook the gnocchi.
  2. Heat a pan to medium heat and add the chorizo. Cook it about 3 minutes, breaking it apart as you go along.
  3. Add the jalapeno peppers and cook about 6-7 minutes to soften and char the jalapeno peppers.
  4. Toss the gnocchi into the boiling water and boil them about 3-4 minutes, or until they begin to float.
  5. While gnocchi is cooking, add garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute, stirring.
  6. Scoop the gnocchi into the pan along with a couple tablespoons of the pasta water. Stir and cook to crisp up the gnocchi a bit.
  7. Add cheese over the top of the ingredients and reduce heat to low. Cover and allow cheese to melt.
  8. Top with homemade guacamole and chopped tomato.
  9. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Extra Cheesy Gnocchi Nachos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 567mg24%
Potassium 186mg5%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 8.7mg11%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Extra Cheesy Gnocchi Nachos - Recipe



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