Loaded Goldfish Nachos

by Marla on July 7, 2014 · 32 comments

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Happy Monday! Hope everyone had an amazing three day weekend & July 4th.

Here is a playful (and really yummy) recipe I came up with recently….lots of kicks & giggles for kids & adults Loaded Goldfish Nachos is calling your name.

Loaded Goldfish Nachos | FamilyFreshCooking.com

You gotta love simple recipes that can be served to anyone at any time. These loaded “nachos” actually have no corn chips, but instead I used whole grain Goldfish crackers as the base.

Loaded Goldfish Nachos | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Silly? Yes.

Tasty? Oh yes!

Super quick? Uh huh.

Loaded Goldfish Nachos | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Think about how perfect this would be when you are having a group of kids at your house. We host playdates here often & while the kids are running around I whip up a bunch of these loaded nachos.

All you need to do is cook up some seasoned ground beef, whip up a batch of homemade guacamole. Lay the Goldfish in a microwave safe dish. Layer the meat & lots of shredded cheese on top. Heat for a few minutes until the cheese is melted & gooey. Top with the guacamole & serve with a side of salsa.

Loaded Goldfish Nachos | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Boom! This is a great lunch, dinner snack & party food.


Loaded Goldfish Nachos

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 bag Whole Grain Goldfish Crackers
  • 1 Shallot, diced
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • Garlic Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded Cheese (I love a cheddar & mozzarella blend)
  • Guacamole
  • 2 ripe Avocados
  • 1 Tomato, seeded & diced (use 1/2 in the guacamole & other 1/2 for topping)
  • 1 Shallot, diced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed Lime Juice
  • Garlic Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Toppings
  • Green Onion, diced
  • Tomato, diced
  • Salsa (on the side is good)
  • Sour Cream


  • In a large saucepan heat the olive oil & diced shallot over medium high heat. Stir & cook until slightly browned & fragrant. Add the ground beef, mix in seasonings. Be sure to break up the beef as you cook it. Season with chili powder & smoked paprika. Cook until done. Season with garlic salt & pepper to taste.
  • Guacamole: In a bowl, mash the avocado with a fork. Mix in the lime juice. Next mix in the diced shallot & tomato. Season with garlic salt & pepper to taste.
  • Assemble the nachos: Spray a microwave safe baking dish with cooking spray. Layer in the Goldfish, then the cooked chopped meat & then the cheese. Microwave on high until the cheese is melted, hot & gooey. Top with the guacamole, tomatoes & green onion. Serve with salsa & sour cream.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lori @ RecipeGirl July 7, 2014 at 5:31 am

Yes, these are totally silly, but totally fun too :)


2 Marla July 7, 2014 at 5:55 am

Yes!! I was laughing when I thought this one up 😉


3 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 7, 2014 at 5:38 am

This is so fun! I’d love it just as much as my kids would!


4 Marla July 7, 2014 at 5:54 am

Thanks so much Rachel! I did too :)


5 Julie @ Table for Two July 7, 2014 at 5:55 am

I love that you used goldfish to make these nachos!! How creative and fun!


6 Marla July 7, 2014 at 6:02 am

Thanks Julie ~ had a blast with this one 😉


7 Rosa July 7, 2014 at 6:10 am

A lovely idea and delicious casserole!




8 Marla July 7, 2014 at 6:25 am

Thanks so much Rosa!


9 Amanda July 7, 2014 at 6:25 am

Love it! This is such a fun dish :)


10 Shawn @ I Wash You Dry July 7, 2014 at 7:18 am

These actually sound amazing! Those Goldfish crackers are addicting and I know my kids would gobble this up in a heartbeat! :)


11 Marla July 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

Thanks Shawn! Hope you can try this fun on the the kids soon 😉


12 Maria July 7, 2014 at 8:18 am

So fun!


13 Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy July 7, 2014 at 9:07 am

I cannot even control myself when I look at these. It’s drool-on-the-keyboard embarrassing. Seriously, goldfish and nachos are two of my favorite snacks. Putting them together is blowing my mind.


14 Marla July 7, 2014 at 10:26 am

Ha!! Thanks Michelle ~ so glad I combined your favorite foods in one dish!


15 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 7, 2014 at 9:42 am

This is THE most perfect kid food!! Or late night adult snack after you’ve have a few…talk about comfort food! Pinned twice already – love the images. The overhead and the gooey cheese straight-on shots. Just excellent, Marla! :)


16 Marla July 7, 2014 at 10:26 am

Thanks Averie! I agree for kids & adults this has a place in the world 😉 Thanks for the pins!


17 Matt Robinson July 7, 2014 at 11:18 am

SO I showed these to Cole and he made me promise to make these for him. I have to admit, I want them too, they look so good!


18 Marla July 8, 2014 at 5:38 am

AWESOME! Yes Matt, all the adults including my mother-in-law who is visiting enjoyed this too 😉 Go for it!


19 Jenny Flake July 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Marla! These are so much fun! Can’t wait to try these on my boys :)


20 Marla July 8, 2014 at 5:38 am

Thanks Jenny! Hope they like it!


21 Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch July 7, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Totally fun! Plus who doesn’t like Goldfish!


22 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm

How fun, these look like such a hit for kids and adults!


23 Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner July 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

Silly? Nope! My nephews would think I’m the coolest for making this!! Love the idea. :)


24 Marla July 9, 2014 at 5:34 am

Awesome! Hopefully you can make it for them soon :)


25 Meredith July 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm

What a fun dish!


26 Donna October 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm

My grandkids love goldfish so I am going to try this. Great idea.


27 kjasus October 3, 2014 at 9:07 pm

this looks surprisingly good!


28 Ran Dom July 15, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Why are all the comments and ratings from people who have not made it yet?


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