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Irish Cheesy “Nacho” Potato Chips with Corned Beef

“Potato chips drenched in beer cheese, topped with garlic corned beef and a bit of dill sauerkraut, broiled to perfection…the perfect food to accompany beer!”

These "Irish" nachos with corned beef rock! Potato chips topped with a Guinness cheese sauce and then corned beef and maybe sauerkraut are addicting. St. Patrick's Day only comes around once each year. Splurge! Of course, I also love these all year long! #Irishnachos #potatochips #cornedbeef #beerfood

It isn’t often I go overboard. After all a girl does have to watch her figure. In my case I’m not sure what figure that is, but I don’t post many foods slathered with gooey cheese on a base of potato chips. Well, like never. And you know I adore potato chips. Potatoes plus salt fried equals pure heaven to me. But somehow St. Patrick’s Day brings out the worst in me. Maybe my past history of drinking to much green beer has lingered within.

After discovering an enticing recipe of cheese sauce-known to some as Welsh rarebit-I decided that it was time to take all my favorite Irish foods and make something totally decadent. Something totally salty and crispy and lush with cheese; perfect as a base for corned beef and possibly some sauerkraut, for those who desire a healthy bit of probiotics.

skillet, potato chips, corned beef, sauerkraut

skillet, corned beef, potato chips

 It was time to concoct the perfect beer drinking food. The one that sops up what’s left in your intestines, the one that just might possibly make it possible for you to drive after a night of beer drinking, or Irish whiskey. But no! Let’s leave that to Uber. However let’s not leave these potato chip nachos sitting on the bar. The ones we made dinner of just last night and alas, without the beer. This easy simple recipe that will make everyone feeling like they found the pot of gold. And they did, only in the form of dill or honey mustard kettle chips, slathered with beer cheese, found not in a pot, but in a cast iron skillet.

Irish nachos with corned beef and a beer cheese sauce, all on potato chips are addicting!

So go overboard. Double the beer cheese.  Dive in. Pretend it’s spring break. Lord, how I miss those. Find that pot of gold and that cute little leprechaun and break out the beer. It’s St. Paddie’s Day my friends! Slainte!

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These "Irish" nachos with corned beef rock! Potato chips topped with a Guinness cheese sauce and then corned beef and maybe sauerkraut are addicting. St. Patrick's Day only comes around once each year. Splurge! Of course, I also love these all year long! #Irishnachos #potatochips #cornedbeef #beerfood

Yield: 2-4 servings  Author: Abbe Odenwalder Print Recipe

Irish Cheesy “Nacho” Potato Chips with Corned Beef

Potato chips drenched in beer cheese, topped with garlic corned beef and a bit of dill sauerkraut, broiled to perfection…the perfect food to accompany beer!
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 5 MINStotal time: 20 mins


  • 1 T butter
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 T flour
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 – 3/4 Guinness stout
  • 1 T Worcestershire
  • 4 oz extra sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups of Kettle Chips (I used Honey Mustard and Dill Pickle.)
  • 4-8 ounces of thinly sliced corned beef (I used Boars Head, but leftovers work well, too!)
  • 1/2 c well drained sauerkraut (I found some dill garlic sauerkraut.)
  • 4 finely chopped green onions


  1. Melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in flour and whisk until golden. Make sure there are no lumps. Cook until golden brown.
  2. Add mustard and cayenne and stir until incorporated. Add beer and Worcestershire and stir until combined. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheese until it is melted and smooth.
  3. Preheat broiler to high. In a lightly oiled cast iron skillet, place 4 cups of potato chips. Top with corned beef. Make sure it is tucked over and under chips. Pour cheese sauce over top.
  4. Place skillet under broiler and broil until cheese is bubbly and chips are a touch dark. This only takes a few minutes so watch carefully. Remove from broiler and top with drained sauerkraut (if using) and scallions.
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  • Reply
    Lynn Vining
    March 15, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Lawd have mercy!!! This sounds awesome!!!

  • Reply
    Kim (Life in the Van)
    March 16, 2017 at 12:27 am

    This is a really great idea that my crew would completely devour!

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    Kitchen Riffs
    March 16, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Dill garlic sauerkraut? I need to try that! This is quite a dish — you've definitely got the fat and salt food groups covered. Maybe drink this with a chocolate stout to get the chocolate and booze food groups in? 🙂 Interesting dish, and I'll bet after a couple of beers it would be irresistible!

  • Reply
    Balvinder Ubi
    March 16, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Oh, Abbe!! This absolutely look incredible!!!!

  • Reply
    Caroline Williams
    March 16, 2017 at 2:26 am

    What a fun and tasty idea!

  • Reply
    March 16, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Looks like I missed out! We can postpone our green beer drinking and nachos for when I get home! Love you!

  • Reply
    Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog
    March 16, 2017 at 2:47 am

    I need to make this yummy chip recipe for hubs! Nettie

  • Reply
    March 16, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Wouldn't need anything else to eat with this sitting in front of me. I'd finish this off in no time flat. Hand me a beer and I'm ready to dig in.

  • Reply
    March 16, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Abbie this is such a mouth watering recipe you rock St Patrick's Day , thank you xoxo

  • Reply
    Angie Schneider
    March 16, 2017 at 11:12 am

    That looks like a great meal!

  • Reply
    March 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

    This looks so good! And I bet it tastes amazing!

  • Reply
    Liz Berg
    March 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I love your Irish twist with the potato chips and corned beef! I think once I started eating this, I couldn't quit!!!

  • Reply
    Anna and Liz Recipes
    March 16, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    We agree with Caroline, it's a funny and tasty idea! BUT we bet it tastes amazing!

  • Reply
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    March 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing, Abbe! We have a live it up once in a while 🙂

  • Reply
    Gerlinde de Broekert
    March 17, 2017 at 3:59 am

    These loaded chips and a couple of beers will do it. Prost!

  • Reply
    Doreen Simpson
    March 17, 2017 at 9:27 am

    What a perfect dish to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Thank you so much for sharing Abbe ♥

  • Reply
    Ann Fulton
    March 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Such a creative recipe and it looks spectacular!

  • Reply
    shannon weber
    March 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    these look absolutely sinful…in the best way possible. Great job, Abbe!

  • Reply
    Amy (Savory Moments)
    March 17, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    These look insanely delicious! What a creative dish.

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    Michele @ Bacon Fatte
    March 17, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    This looks so amazing, Abbe!! I'm not so sure I could be left alone with your "nachos"… But then again, it's finger food, so how naughty could it be?! 😉 Sign me up!

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    March 17, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    WoW! These Irish nachos look so delicious!

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    Tricia Buice
    March 18, 2017 at 11:15 am

    What a wonderful dish to indulge in! Every now and then a girl needs her chips and cheese. We don't make nachos often enough – love your layers of flavor! Hope you enjoyed a nice St. Patrick's Day!

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    March 21, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Oh Abbe…you have everything going on this dish…sounds and looks delicious and yes, perfect for St. Patrick's celebration.
    Have a great week 🙂

  • Reply
    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    March 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Now this is a dish that my husband would enjoy anytime of the year…St. Patrick's day or not. 😀

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