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Dal Makhani Nachos

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This is a recipe for Dal Makhani nachos, a fun Indian-Mexican fusion dish and an excellent use for leftover dal makhani.

About the Recipe

Dal Makhani nachos

Dal makhani has a creaminess similar to refried beans, and the added spices enhance the flavor of these nachos. I’ve been enjoying dal makhani nachos for years. It is such a natural combination that I never even thought to share it before.

Serve these nachos at your next party, or make them yourself the next time you have leftover dal makhani.

Holding a chip from the dal makhani nachos

Indian-Mexican fusion food is a fun category. The two cuisines share many of the same ingredients, sometimes feeling very similar and other times so different. Some other Indian-Mexican recipes: paneer tacos, tamarind margarita, raw mango margarita, and more to come!


Ingredients for dal makhani nachos
Ingredients: onions, green chillies, sour cream, cilantro, olives, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, tomato, lemon, tortilla chips, mozzarella cheese, dal makhani, guacamole

Dal Makhani – a popular Indian dal, makes a nice substitute for refried beans.

Tortilla Chips

Cheese – I like to use cheddar or a mix of cheddar and mozzarella. Monterey Jack is a good choice as well. Any cheese you would normally make nachos with will work.

Tomatoes – the addition of tomatoes, green chili, onions, and cilantro after baking gives the dish a freshness

Green chili




Sour Cream

Serve with salsa or chili oil.


  • For a different dal, try it with slow cooker masoor dal
  • Use your cheese of choice
  • Add crumbles of paneer for another texture
  • Use Fritos for a frito-pie style dal makhani
Dal Makhani Nachos

Dal Makhani Nachos

A fun Indian-Mexican fusion dish and an excellent use for leftover dal makhani.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 531 kcal


  • ¾ pound tortilla chips
  • 1 cup dal makhani
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp red onion chopped
  • 2 Tbsp pickled jalapeno optional
  • 1 Fresh green chili
  • ¼ cup guacamole
  • ¼ cup sour cream


  • Spread tortilla chips evenly on a sheet pan. Spread dal makhani evenly over the chips. Top with cheeses of choice.
  • Bake at 350°F for 5 minutes. The dal makhani should be warmed all of the way through, and the cheese should be melted.
  • Remove from oven. Top with tomato, red onion, chilies, guacamole, sour cream, and cilantro.



Calories: 531kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 17gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 932mgPotassium: 323mgFiber: 8gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 890IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 373mgIron: 2mg
Keyword dal makhani, indian-mexican fusion, nachos
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