Dessert Nachos

November 6: National Nachos Day

We blogged before about savory nachos—crispy corn tortilla chips held together with refried beans and melted shredded cheese. Sometimes they are also topped with spiced ground meat, fresh sliced tomatoes/lettuce leaves/jalapeños/onions/cilantro and creamy condiments like sour cream and guacamole.

We also enjoy sweet nachos as a dessert after our Mexican meals. The corn tortilla chips are replaced with baked flour tortilla wedges sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar. Toppings include fresh cut fruits to mimic their savory counterparts (strawberry=tomatoes, kiwi=lettuce and cilantro and mango=cheese). We also crowned our dessert nachos with vanilla ice cream to resemble sour cream. It is a colorful confection to share and indulge in, especially on National Nachos Day! 


For the chips

  • ¼ – 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 4 – 5 soft flour tortillas, medium size
  • Cinnamon sugar

For the chips

  • Mango, sliced into thin slivers
  • 3-4 strawberries, chopped
  • 1 kiwi, skinned and chopped
  • Vanilla ice cream (see Notes for substitutions)
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional garnish)


Brush melted butter on both sides of each of the flour tortillas. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar. Stack the tortillas and cut them into 6-8 wedges. 

Place them on a baking pan lined with foil or parchment paper (do not overlap the wedges). Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the wedges on the other side and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the butter-cinnamon-sugar mixture to caramelize and the chips to cool to a crisp.

While the tortillas are baking in the oven, slice the mango into thin slivers and chop the strawberries and kiwi. Arrange the tortilla chips onto a plate. 

Scoop 3 rounds of ice cream in the middle of the chips. Scatter the mango slivers and chopped strawberries and kiwis on top. Garnish with mint leaves (optional). Serve immediately.


  • Choose other favorite fruit toppings for a unique dessert nachos.
  • Instead of vanilla ice cream, use dollops of sweetened whipped cream or vanilla yogurt.
  • It is optional to drizzle chocolate sauce or dulce de leche (caramel) over the dessert nachos.