May 27th, 2014

Thai Nachos

Summer vacation is right around the corner, which means food truck season will be soon be in full swing. We have quite a food truck contingent where I live, and I do my best to visit each and every one of them during the summer. But I have a definite favorite–Umami Mobile Asian Eatery. Their Thai Nachos are incredible.

Thai Nachos
Of course, I can’t afford to eat there every time I crave Thai Nachos (three-four times a week). Plus, I don’t want to be some sort of crazy food truck stalker. So I had to recreate their Thai Nachos at home.

Umami uses pork for their nachos, but when I tried to make it myself, it wasn’t quite right. So I decided to try a beef version and it was fantastic! My family agreed. Even my picky eater, who normally doesn’t touch ground beef, goes back for seconds.

You can control the heat by adding more or less red pepper flakes, but don’t skip on any of the toppings. As an added bonus, this is a really easy meal to put together, and my family devours it.

I never have a scrap of leftovers when I make this for dinner.

Serves 6

Thai Nachos

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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    For the beef:
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Corn tortilla chips
  • For the toppings:
  • Prepared Thai peanut sauce
  • Chopped green onions,
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sesame seeds


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef in sesame oil until no longer pink.
  2. Add garlic, ginger and red pepper. Stir in brown sugar and soy sauce and cook for an additional five minutes.
  3. Spoon beef over tortilla chips and top with peanut sauce, green onions, cilantro and sesame seeds.

Who Dished It Up First: Inspired by Umami Mobile Asian Eatery.



  1. There certainly wouldn’t be any leftovers here – YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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