Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dessert Nachos

It just hit me today that I never posted about those Dessert Nachos that I was raving about at my South of the Border BBQ!


My apologies!  Luckily, these would be great all summer long…and beyond!

I’m sure this idea has been done before.  I mean, it must have right?? 

But I randomly thought it up in my head as I was thinking of fun dessert ideas for my Mexican-themed BBQ.

I was SO excited about the idea that I didn’t even want to try to look it up online…I wanted to just pretend this was a Bridget-original, even though I’m willing to bet it’s not!

My original thoughts consisted of home-baked cinnamon sugar tortilla chips, topped with fresh fruit, homemade chocolate sauce, and a fresh whipped cream topping!

Dessert Nachos were born.

Dessert Nachos
Serves 8-12 easily (probably more)

  • 2 packages 8” tortillas – I used 1 package white, 1 whole wheat and there were 8 to a package
  • 3T butter melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Fresh fruit, I used:
    • 1 pint strawberries, sliced
    • 1 pint blueberries
    • 1/2 pint raspberries
    • chopped fresh pineapple would be really good too!
  • 1 cup (8 oz) semi-sweet or dark chocolate (chips or chopped)
  • Heavy Cream, divided: 3/4 cup and 1 cup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 T orange juice
  • 2 T confectioners sugar


The tortilla “chips” may be made 1 day ahead.  Once cooled, store in large ziploc bag.

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Cut Tortillas into quarters and arrange on baking sheet.  Get as many on the baking sheet as possible.  I let them slightly overlap, but not much.
  3. Using a pastry brush, brush each tortilla quarter with butter
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
  5. Bake for 9-10 min, just until crisp…careful not to burn!
  6. Let cool on baking rack


  1. Combine sliced strawberries and other fruits/berries in a bowl.  Sprinkle with 1-2 tsp granulated sugar if desired, set aside.

    This step can also be done a head of time.

Chocolate Sauce:

Prepare chocolate sauce just before serving.

  1. Combine the 3/4 cup heavy cream and chocolate in a small sauce pan.
  2. Heat over low/med-low heat, stirring regularly, until chocolate is melted and combined with cream to form a smooth silky sauce.
  3. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla
  4. Set Aside, until cream is whipped and ready to assemble.

Whipped cream topping

Also to be prepare just before serving.

  1. Combine mascarpone cheese, 1 cup cream, orange juice, and confectioners sugar in a mixing bowl. 
    1. Beat with an electric mixer, starting low and working up to high, until soft/medium peaks are formed.


Arrange “chips” on platter


Top with fruit.


Next comes the chocolate sauce



Finally top with whipped cream



Serve immediately to your hungry guests!


It might seem like a lot of steps/ingredients, but really it’s just a few different preparations…each step is SO simple. 

I’m sure you can tell this tastes delicious!  Plus it makes for a beautiful presentation, and a really fun dish to serve to a crowd! 


  1. SO fun! I love this dessert. The ratio of berries to chocolate to whipped cream looks just right. Even those this is Mexican-ish, I think using strawberries & blueberries only, it would make for an awesome 4th of July dessert

  2. I love when I get an idea, search for it, and find it's my original idea, LOVE it! Good work, cuz these looks fantastic!

  3. Love the huge pile of berries and whipped cream on top. Looks heavenly.

  4. Love this idea! I can't get enough of strawberries and blueberries these days... they are SO good right now.

  5. These are kind of like sopaipillas but much healthier since they're not fried! Love all the fruit on top!

  6. A crowd? I could EASILY finish that off with just my husband and me. Just kidding. Sort of.

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

  7. wow, fabulous idea. i'd love some right now :)

  8. LOVE this! This reminds me of a dish Bret makes - fruit "pizza" with sugar cookie dough, cream cheese frosting and fruit toppings!

  9. Wow, these are like heaven!! I love any kind of nachos, but think these are much prettier than the average savory platter of nachos. Yum!


  10. This is a great idea, I love it!

  11. Sounds delicious and similar to funnel cake (without the cake).  I think I would skip the cheese.   I'll try it!

  12. Btw..  I just made a simple nacho dish and used non-fat vanilla greek yougurt for the topping instead of sour cream.  yum!