California Waffle Fry Nachos {Gluten Free}

Sweet potato waffle fries are loaded with all of your favorite California burger toppings.  Colorful, delicious, and simple to make!

We’re on a nacho roll in my house. I love them because they are just so easy to make.  My kids love them because they are just so fun to eat.  No matter how they are served, no matter the toppings, nachos are always a hit!

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Creative Nacho Bases

French Fries

While undoubtedly tortilla chips are the most popular way to serve nachos, they are not the only way.  Of late I’ve been playing around with using various types of frozen french fries.  My Cheeseburger French Fry Nachos use traditional cut fries as the base.  I’ve used other cuts such as steak fries, curly cue fries, and as featued in this post, waffle fries.  Fries are a fun base and will be a sure hit with your crowd.

Chips

Think beyond tortilla chips and explore the rest of the chip aisle.  An obvious choice would be potato chips.  Sturdy, wavy cut chips work very well.  You can also opt to use corn chips (such as Fritos) or select healthier options such as black bean based chips.  Although I have yet to try it, gluten free pretzels (matchstick or small twists) would be a great base for a fun dessert nacho dish.   Sweet potato and root vegetable chips are also super options.

Healthy Options

With a little creativity, you can infuse healthy ingredients into your nachos.  Sweet potato rounds work so well.  Simply cut a sweet potato into 1/4″ thick rounds, drizzle with a small bit of oil, sprinkle with a bit of salt, and bake in the oven until just tender.  Once cooked, top the potatoes with your favorite toppings.

Cauliflower, which is already so incredibly versatile, would serve as a fantastic base.  I would opt to roast the florets first, then load them up with your favorite toppings.

Looking for a healthy snack?  Think about thinly slicing apples and topping them with a drizzle of nut butter, mini chocolate chips, and sunflower seeds.

My favorite snack crackers by far are Simple Mills Sea Salt Almond Crackers. They are not only delicious but sturdy.  They would be strong enough to stand up to nacho toppings.

Really Fun Options

Sometimes food should just be fun.  How about using gluten free waffles or pancakes for some fun breakfast nachos?  Break apart gluten free ice cream cones for delicious banana split nachos.  Gluten free graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows make for the perfect spin on s’mores.

How about you?  Have any unique ideas for your next nacho party?

California Waffle Fry Nachos

Today’s recipe is a real show stopper and was so good that my kids exclaimed that we should think about opening up a nacho food truck!  Seriously.

For my base, I used frozen gluten free sweet potato waffle fries.  Please be sure to read the ingredient list on the package of french fries you select to ensure that they meet your dietary needs.  I cooked up the waffle fries according to the package instructions.  For my toppings, I was inspired by the flavors of a traditional California turkey burger.  I cooked up lean ground turkey and seasoned it with a super simple homemade sauce.  Tasty!

After sprinkling a generous helping of pepper jack cheese over my fries, I added the cooked turkey to the top and popped the baking tray into the oven to melt the cheese completely.

Once the hot elements of my nachos were cooked, I added several layers of fresh ingredients.  I really love the contrast of hot and cold and cooked and fresh elements in nachos.  I began by adding fresh spring mix lettuce, sliced scallions, diced mango, avocado, and small dollops of prepared guacamole.  Finally, I drizzled the top of my nachos with Hellmann’s Classic Burger Sauce.  The sauce is gluten free and adds a wonderful tangy punch to the nachos.  I also served the nachos with fresh lime slices.

Seriously delicious for your next game day gathering or as a fun lunch!

California Waffle Fry Nachos {Gluten Free}

California Waffle Fry Nachos {Gluten Free}

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, game day, Gluten Free, nachos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author The Gluten Free Gathering

Ingredients

  • 20 ounce frozen, seasoned sweet potato waffle fries
  • 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups roughly chopped spring leaf lettuce
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into chunks
  • 1 ripe mango, cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/2 cup prepared guacamole
  • 1 lime, cut into 6 wedges
  • Hellmann's Classic Burger Sauce

Meat

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup Hellmann's Spicy Dipping Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet Thai chili sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Scatter the waffle fries onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Be sure that the fries are in a single layer. Preheat the oven and bake the fries according to package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, place the ground turkey into a skillet. Cook over medium heat, breaking apart the meat into small crumbles while cooking. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and no pink remains. Drain the liquid from the skillet.
  • Return the meat to the skillet. Stir in the spicy dipping sauce, chili sauce, and salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes over medium heat being sure to stir frequently. Turn off heat.
  • Pull the baking sheet out of the oven. Bring the waffle fries closer together into a rectangle (be sure to still maintain a single layer of fries with minimal overlapping). Scatter the shredded cheese over the top of the fries. Evenly distribute the cooked meat over the cheese. Return the tray to the oven (400 degrees) and bake until the cheese is completely melted (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven and top with the chopped spring mix lettuce, avocado chunks, mango chunks,and scallions. Place small dollops of prepared guacamole around the nachos. Drizzle Hellman's Classic Burger Sauce over the top in a back and forth motion.
  • I like to use a pizza wheel to cut the nacho rectangle into 6 serving sizes (for a lunch) or into 8-12 squares for an appetizer. Serve with lime wedges.

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