These Reuben-Style Irish Nachos are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day: crispy waffle fries topped with corned beef, sauerkraut, lots of cheese and drizzled with Thousand Island!
So, reubens. One of my favorite foods. If I see a reuben sandwich on a menu, I have a really hard time saying no.
I’m not usually huge on beef, but corned beef is amazing. And I love saurkraut. And the sweet and salty combo with the Thousand Island dressing… Alright, I’m drooling now. Let’s just agree that reubens are the best sandwiches ever.
So I took a reuben sandwich, ditched the bread, and dumped it on top of a pile of hot waffle fries. Because the Irish love their potatoes, so why not? Guys, oh my gosh. This was the best idea. And such a perfect Irish St. Patrick’s Day meal.
I cooked a corned beef from scratch, but you could easily use corned beef from the deli. For the sauerkraut, make sure you get as much moisture out as possible. I wring it out in a clean kitchen towel. Swiss is the traditional cheese in a reuben, but it’s not always as melty as you want nachos to be, so I mixed half swiss (for flavor) with half white cheddar (for meltiness) and it was just perfect.
- 22 oz package frozen waffle fries
- 1 cup shredded swiss cheese
- 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
- 1 cup roughly chopped corned beef
- ½ cup sauerkraut, drained and squeezed dry
- Thousand Island dressing, for drizzling
- Chopped chives, for garnish
- Cook the waffle fries according to package directions.
- In a bowl, toss together swiss and cheddar.
- On a baking sheet or in a large cast iron skillet, spread half the waffle fries in an even layer. Top with half the cheese mixture, half the sauerkraut and half the corned beef. Repeat a second layer on top.
- Preheat the broiler.
- Broil the nachos until cheese is bubbling, about 5 minutes.
- Drizzle Thousand Island over top and garnish with chives.
- Serve immediately.
If you want to try a different spin on these flavors, check out this Reuben Sandwich and this Hot Reuben Dip.
Hope your St. Patty’s Day is filled with lots of green beer and luck!
Oh my gosh, Jess — these nachos look so good! These would be way better than a Reuben sandwich — this is such a creative idea!
Thanks, Marcie! They were pretty freaking phenomenal! 😀
Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! says
These look amazing! Love that you used waffle fries to hold it all together! My hubby would really enjoy these!
Thanks, Amber!! Definitely a man’s dream nacho!! 😉
oh my gosh what a creative and yummy idea! This would be a hit in my house, pinning can’t wait to try this!
Amy @ Fearless Homemaker says
Oh my goodness, these nachos are BRILLIANT! What a perfect combination of flavors and textures. So perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! (or really any time of the year) =)
Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says
These look so great Jess! And I love the flavor combo here, especially for St. Patrick’s Day coming up. I’m craving these!
Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen says
How fun that you used waffle fries in these Irish nachos! What a creative St. Patrick’s Day meal! You’re making me hungry! 🙂
Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says
Okay I am obsessed with waffle fries! These look amazing Jess! Pinned!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
These look like the ultimate nachos, Jess! I am so loving your creativity. And your pictures are gorgeous, too! What a perfect dish for St. Patrick’s Day!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
These look amazing, Jess! I love that you used waffle fries! So creative and delicious!
Made these last night for St. Patty’s Day. Erin and I loved them. Only problem is I bought fat free thousand island dressing by accident which was a bummer. Definitely need the real deal when it comes to the dressing!
Woohoo! So yummy! I definitely made these while Nick was out of town and ate the whole thing by myself in like, 2 days. Whoops.
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
Ok, this is amazing Jess! These are my kind of nachos! Plus, you don’t have to worry about the fries getting soggy like you do with tortilla chips.