Italian Meatball Nachos are a delicious twist on your typical nachos. These nachos are made super easy with frozen meatballs, jarred pizza sauce, and shredded mozzarella cheese.
So, I’m just going to address the elephant in the room and say yes, I did over brown the cheese on the nachos. But, not to worry. That’s what happens when I use the broiler for nachos. If you read the directions, it says to bake them. Which, for loaded nachos, makes more sense.
Using the broiler for nachos is good if there a single layer or a couple of layers. It’s not something you want to do for loaded, piled high nachos. Which, after making these, I did some research about nachos and how not to burn them and make them all cheesy delicious.
You bake them, not broil them.
After I read this it made total sense to me! If you’re going to pile the toppings high on the chips, or in this case pita chips, then it only makes sense to bake them. Broilers only heat from the top down. By the time the cheese melts in the bottom layer, the top burns. And this is what happened to these Italian Meatball Nachos.
By baking them, you heat the ingredients up evenly, relatively anyway. This will ensure that all the cheese from top to bottom gets all melty and delicious. And that all the toppings get warm and yummy. It’s making sense now, isn’t it? For loaded nachos at least.
Now, like I said, if your nachos are on a sheet pan and not too tall, then by all means broil until the cheese is bubbly. Just keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. This is always my downfall. I forget to keep an eye on them, and they burn.
The chips start to go and I smell them. I holler profanities at myself and grab them out of the oven. This is the routine that happens almost every time I want to make nachos at home.
I always plan on breaking this cycle, but get distracted, forget I have the broiler on high, and burn the chips. One would think that I’d start using the low broiler setting, but I’m impatient and think, “I’ll watch them this time!” Yeah, no.
I didn’t want to go the typical route with the nachos this time. I had these meatballs in the freezer and thought, “Why not try some meatball Italian Meatball Nachos?” So, I did. And they were pretty darned delicious.
The meatballs get sliced and sprinkled on top of pita chips. Then there’s Italian blend cheese and some pizza sauce sprinkled on top. You can add some Italian seasoning to sprinkle on top for more flavor. I didn’t do that, but now that I think about it, it’s not a bad idea.
I piled everything on a pie plate because I didn’t think a sheet pan would really show the loaded part of these nachos. And, you could easily load them up even more. Try adding some diced onions, maybe some roasted red peppers, and some fresh tomatoes on top after cooking.
I thought pita chips would be strong enough to hold up to these loaded Italian Meatball Nachos. I was right, but I was also thinking maybe some pasta chips. Yes, they are an actual item. Some wonton chips? They seem versatile enough. Melba toast like bruchetta? Yes, it’s a stretch, I know.
And if you’re not into the pizza sauce, try an alfedo sauce. Top with some black olives or pepperoncini, try some spicy sausage instead of meatballs. Honestly, this recipe is just an idea that you can easily run with and make your own combinations of flavors your family will love.
But I think the meatballs and pita chips with the pasta sauce and cheese is a winning combination! There’s so much flavor in these nachos and they’re pretty easy to whip up with frozen meatballs. Just heat, slice, top, and bake. You can whip these up for any game day eats!
- 1 1/2 cups sliced Italian meatballs
- 1/3 cup pizza sauce
- 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 7 ounces pita chips
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Place a layer of pita chips on a pie plate.
- Top with cheese, drizzle with sauce, and sprinkle with meatball slices.
- Continue layers until all the pita chips, cheese, and meatballs are used.
- Bake in the oven 5 to 6 minutes or until the cheese is melted all the way through.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 612Total Fat 35gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 84mgSodium 1356mgCarbohydrates 46gFiber 4gSugar 7gProtein 29g
Sometimes these numbers are just whack! But SEO seems to think we need them. Please use your own calorie counts on this one.
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