Dessert Nachos with Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Salsa

by heidi on April 30, 2013

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This is the thing I like about nachos. If you agree, you’re invited to the party. If you don’t, I’ll be the first to pass along an elementary-style lunch tray to ensure all of your primary food groups stay at arm’s length of one another.

Nachos. They’re layers upon layers of my favorite tastes. A little bit of salt, a lot of spice, maybe a little bit of protein—if I’m feeling the urge to act like a well-rounded adult—all blanketed in cheese, aka the glue that melds this flavor bomb together.

Last week I asked my friends on Facebook for help on what recipe they wanted to see this week: spring pasta or salsa? By the looks of today’s post I think you can see which dish came out as the clear winner.

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afterlight

The confirmation that this recipe was the clear winner came from my Smudge who declared it would had judiciously been added to her birthday party menu. This is serious stuff folks. Maybe it received this exclusive validation because she had become invested in the recipe as my scribe, studiously practicing her cursive skills as I dictated the ingredients and portions. By the way, I DO know there is no “t” in avocado. Most of the time. Can you even tell the difference between my handwriting and a 3rd graders? Aye—yi—yi. Scary.

Cinco de Mayo is on the calendar for this weekend’s celebrations replete with menus full of chunky guacamole, tacos (you gotta try this fried avocado version), enchiladas and a serious round of salsa. I thought about adding to the Mexican madness by recreating a standard savory affair, but headed off on a bender, pointed South and conquered the sweeter side of the border, thanks to mangos in my refrigerator in dire need of a destination resulting in this Mango, Strawberry and Avocado Salsa.

But I couldn’t just leave you, or the salsa, hanging about with no buddies to blend with. This salsa needs a date. A pairing to do the latin tango with. To keep it in tune as “la cucaracha” breaks out in song after that celebratory tequila shot. Or four. I’ll take Lime and salt with mine, and the salsa will too, please.

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Dessert Nachos with Fruit Salsa | FoodieCrush.com

Dessert Nachos with Fruit Salsa | FoodieCrush.com

Cut to this: Fresh tostada chips sweetened with cinnamon sugar and baked to a golden crisp. A smattering of creamy, melted Monterey Jack cheese. With citrus spiked fruit kicked up with jalapeño heat. Cinco de Mayo celebratin’. It doesn’t take much more than that. Well, besides a trusty sombrero and some fine dipping skills.

Wing it! Try one of these recipe adaptations or add one of your own. Tell us your idea in the comments below. 

1. This is one of those recipes that can be so easily adapted and given a heartier protein punch by simply adding a handful of grocery store rotisserie chicken chicken, turning it into a quick weeknight main mealio.

2. Mango and spice go oh so nice atop a freshly grilled piece of halibut, salmon or any Hawaiian fish. Blacken the fish with creole seasonings to really emphasize the contrasting sweetness of the bright fruit flavors.

3. I can see this as a bruschetta topping, perfect as an appetizer. Cut a few slices of baguette, drizzle with olive oil and toast in the toaster oven for a few minutes. Spread with a creamy brie cheese if you’re looking for savory, a bit of mascarpone if you’re sticking with sweet, and top with the salsa and serve with a tequila spiked lemonade.

Dessert Nachos with Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Salsa

Dessert Nachos with Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Salsa

Ingredients

For the Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
10-12 4-inch white corn tortillas
3 tablespoons butter
For the Mango, Strawberry and Avocado Salsa
1 1/2 cups mango, cut into a large dice
1/2 cup strawberries, cut into a large dice
1/2 cup avocados, cut into a large dice
1/8 cup red onion, minced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 red jalapeño, seeded, deveined and minced
2 tablespoons cilantro, slivered
2 limes, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon honey
For the Dessert Nachos
Cinnamon sugar tortilla chips
8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Mango, Strawberry and Avocado Salsa

Instructions

    For the Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
  1. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Stack 3-4 white corn tortillas and cut in half with a sharp knife, then cut the halves into thirds so you end up with 6 triangle shaped chips per tortilla and place on a baking sheet lined with foil. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave set on high for 20 seconds. Brush the tortilla chips with the butter and sprinkle each with a generous amount of the cinnamon sugar. Toast a toaster oven until golden and let cool, repeating until all of the chips have been toasted. Set aside.
  3. For the Mango, Strawberry and Avocado Salsa
  4. Mix all of the ingredients up to the cilantro in a medium size bowl. Heat the lime juice and honey in the microwave in a microwave save bowl for 15 seconds and then whisk to combine. After it has cooled, add 2 tablespoons to salsa and gently fold to combine. Add more honey lime juice to taste.
  5. For the Dessert Nachos
  6. Place a layer of Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips on a heat proof plate then top with a handful of shredded cheese, then a few spoonfuls of salsa, top with more tortilla chips and repeat 2 or more times ending with cheese. Place in a toaster or regular oven and broil for 3-5 minutes until cheese melts. Top with more salsa and serve hot.
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Averie @ Averie Cooks April 30, 2013 at 1:50 am

I am in heaven with this post! The colors, the light, the fact that it’s Dessert Nachos…and uses mango, my fave fruit! And strawberries. Your photography just blows me away, Heidi. Pinned!

And it was great seeing you on Friday!! :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 30, 2013 at 4:57 am

Oh my goodness Heidi, these are beautiful!! I’m pretty sure I could eat that salsa by the gallon given the chance. I think I need to do some entertaining just so I can serve these!

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Smita @Little Food Junction April 30, 2013 at 5:07 am

First time at ur blog & I’m jus in love with the vibrant pics . Great work !!

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Vicki Bensinger April 30, 2013 at 5:51 am

WOW, I love the sound of these dessert nachos. What a brilliant idea – so flavorful, colorful and even your tortilla chips have that added sweet cinnamon taste. This would definitely be a nice treat and surprise to Cinco de Mayo or any party for that matter. Thanks for sharing.

I’m curious – which photo program did you use to display the nachos with the names labeled on it – I really like that?

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heidi April 30, 2013 at 7:15 am

Hi Vicki, I use Adobe Photoshop to put the type on the pics, but I think Pic Monkey is a free app that will do the same. Thanks for the comment :)

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Tieghan April 30, 2013 at 6:24 am

Holy smokes!!! I want these!! So my kind of dessert! Or maybe snack! Not sure. I love these!! Summertime fruit, the chips, the cheese! YES! Pinning!

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 30, 2013 at 6:38 am

Ohmahgosh, DESSERT NACHOS are my jam! These look so amazing.

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The Healthy Apple April 30, 2013 at 7:16 am

This looks amazing, Heidi! What a creative idea and I love the sweet combo here. So fun for a weekend gathering.
Have a great week.
xoxo

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Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 30, 2013 at 7:20 am

Love the idea of dessert nachos!

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 30, 2013 at 7:39 am

Looks like you write up recipes the same way I do. These nachos are so fun!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks April 30, 2013 at 7:45 am

Ohhhh now this be all kiiinds of fantastic.

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Jen @ Savory Simple April 30, 2013 at 8:04 am

Heidi, these are totally cool! What a great idea.

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies April 30, 2013 at 8:08 am

These look soo divine. Love all of the colors and the mix of savory and sweet. Such a great idea for a recipe.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom April 30, 2013 at 8:10 am

Love the idea of having nachos with Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips!!! uh, yum!! Smudge is one smart cookie! :) and I love that she was working with you and writing things down for you. . her cursive is amazing by the way. . :P

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Jeni {Bakerette.com} April 30, 2013 at 8:47 am

This looks amazing! I love your daughter’s handwriting for the recipe. So cute! The best thing is? I just bought some fresh mangos and strawberries and I already have the avocados. So it sounds like this is something I will be making! As always, your photos rock!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

This is so fun, Heidi! I can’t wait to try!!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 30, 2013 at 9:53 am

Dessert nachos are my kind of nachos! Love the fruit salsa! Pinning!

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Cookin' Canuck April 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

If you don’t mind, I think I’m going to crash Smudge’s birthday party. Dessert nachos?! Heck yeah – count me in.

As usual, your photos are stunning and that light worthy of sunbathing in.

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking April 30, 2013 at 11:24 am

Wow. This is so summery! I love nachos of any kind. I have never had dessert nachos. I love that smudge helped work out the recipe with you. So presh!

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Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry April 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I am loving all the colors going on in this dish! And the fact that these are dessert nachos sends me screaming with joy.

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes April 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I could eat these for every meal I think!! They look awesome!

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. April 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

omg fabulous! Miss seeing you!

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Erika -Southern Souffle April 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Yum…. now those are my kinda nachos..

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sally @ sallys baking addiction April 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm

So gorgeous Heidi! I love your photography – the lighting for this shoot is perfect. Dessert nachos – how can you go wrong. Especially with my favorite fruit – mango!

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Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain April 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm

And…….the sopapilla wept.

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ashley - baker by nature April 30, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Daaaaaaaaaaang those dessert nachos looks good, lady love!
I seriously just want to crawl into my screen and cuddle with this post. Mentally… I’m already there.

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Trish @infinebalance April 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm

That looks soooo good! I So gorgeous. I love mango in salsa too.

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Eileen Likes To Eat April 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm

What a fun idea for nachos! Can’t wait to try it!! Maybe I’ll just have this for entree and skip dessert. :-P

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kelley April 30, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Yum scrum as my friend Nina would say. The cinnamon sugar tortilla chips wouldn’t last long enough in my house to make nachos. These look amazing. Nice work sista!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm

So fun, perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

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Laurie {SimplyScratch} May 1, 2013 at 8:33 am

Ooooh I have to make these! My girls would LOVE them!!

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Gerry @ Foodness Gracious May 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm

So darn beautiful… I had a post ready in my mind for something else but after reading this I have completely changed my plans so thanks Heidi for giving me another store run ;) just kidding. Thanks for some much needed inspiration!

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Lokness @ The Missing Lokness May 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Nomm… Nachos! I like that this is not an entire sweet dessert. There are many savory elements. I am really excited to try this out!

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Brooke @ Food Woolf May 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I love your site! So beautiful and inspiring!

I love this post so much for all the incredible photographs, beautiful light, and especially the shot of your recipe development notebook. That is SO what my notes look like as I put together a recipe. It’s so nice to see another person’s process. You rule. Honestly.

xoxo,
Brooke

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 2, 2013 at 2:56 am

Best. nachos. ever! Now can you move back to LA so I can come over (all the time!) and help you clean this up?

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Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out May 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I think it’s so cool when family members have similar handwriting. My best friend and her sister have handwriting that is almost impossible to tell apart. Also, your third grader has far neater cursive than I ever had or could wish to have. Mad props.

I love the sweet/savory combo going on here. Just enough of both to keep you coming back for more!

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Kankana May 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I would totally pick this instead of the traditional guacamole. And I think you gave me an idea for tomorrow’s lunch :)

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.lata valia May 6, 2013 at 11:23 pm

tempting and so inviting ,cannot wait to try

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Allison @ thebakingyear May 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Love this idea! My family makes nachos all the time, but adding strawberries would be a completely new twist. I’m definitely going to try this out!!!

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Mel May 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I’m nacho-obsessed and this sweet version is like jaw-dropping amazing. Kind of one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments!

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