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Instead of serving cupcakes or a traditional dessert at your next party, put together a colorful candy buffet that will surely awaken everyone's sweet tooth. Guests can’t help but exclaim with glee at the sight of jars and boxes of chocolates and chews of all shapes, sizes, and colors that they can scoop to their heart’s content.

Before you go out shopping for candy, read our tips below for planning the perfect spread. While a candy buffet is often used as a favor for any shower, birthday party, wedding or other celebration, it also makes for a fun, surprising alternative to dessert for a cocktail or dinner party. After all, what host doesn’t want to send their guests home with a memorable sweet taste left in their mouth?

Choose a Theme

1. Color

Most candy buffets are distinguished by color. Opting for a monochromatic look with variation in sizes, textures, and shades of candies makes for a fantastic visual focal point for your event. Or go in the opposite direction and plan to use an a rainbow of colorful candy for a more circus-themed look.

2. Flavor

You can also plan a candy buffet around a specific flavor. Make it a celebration of one flavor like vanilla, berry, or caramel. Or go for classic flavor combinations like peanut butter and chocolate, or berries and vanilla. Have a birthday child who loves bubble gum? Choose a variety of pops and candies with bubble gum flavors and centers.

3. Favorite Variety

If you’re creating a candy buffet in honor of a bride and groom, or one person, honor that person by offering a selection of their favorite candies in all sorts of shapes and sizes. If the guest of honor loves chocolate, then consider a palate of all the best little chocolate bites like mini Snickers, Dove Promises, Ferrero Rocher, and See’s chocolate lollipops. My personal candy buffet would be all gummy candies, with my favorite gummy grapefruits as the star of the show. If I did one for my grandmother, I would showcase a variety of vintage candies popular in her youth, including her favorite hard candies in sassafras and root beer flavors. You can also choose candies that are popular with your guests.


  • Queso sauce*
  • Tortilla chips
  • TOPPING OPTIONS--
  • Salsa*
  • Guacamole*
  • Sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickeled)
  • Roasted Corn (buy frozen roasted corn or roast your own--grill or broil on the cob, then cut kernels from cob)
  • Beans (black, pinto, or refried)
  • Cilantro
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Chorizo (crumbled and browned in a skillet)
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Ropa Vieja Shredded Mexican Beef*
  • Fiesta Chicken*
  • Pork Carnitas*
  • Taco Ground Beef or Turkey*
  • Pico de Gallo fresh salsa(s)*
  • BEVERAGE OPTIONS:
  • Sparkling Margarita Sangria*
  • Frozen Margaritas in mason jars*
  • DESSERT OPTION:
  • Fruit Salad Salsa with Sugar & Spice Tortilla Chips*

*Find recipe links for these items in blog post, "A Make-Your-Own-Nachos Party Buffet": https://www.theyummylife.com/Nacho_Party_Buffet

Make queso sauce to serve right away or refrigerate and reheat later. 1 batch of sauce makes 4 cups. Plan on approx. 1/2 cup per person, give-or-take depending on how much other food is being served.

For serving, keep queso sauce warm in a small slow cooker or fondue pot. If queso sits out uncovered for an extended period of time, it may become too thick. Keep a can of evaporated milk on hand to whisk in (1-2 tablespoons at a time) for thinning, if necessary.

All topping ingredients (except guacamole) may be prepped a day ahead and refrigerated in small serving bowls. That way they can go directly from the fridge to the serving table.

Meats may be made ahead and frozen, if desired. If serving for an extended time, keep reheated meats warm in a slow cooker, fondue pot, or use warming trays.

Fill a napkin-lined basket or large bowl with tortilla chips.

Potluck suggestion: You provide the queso sauce and let guests bring the chips and toppings. Easy and fun!

A nacho buffet is an easy, crowd-pleasing menu for Game Day parties, Cinco de Mayo, or any party for that matter. It starts with a delicious nacho cheese sauce to drizzle over tortilla chips. Guests can choose from a variety of toppings so they can customize their nachos according to their preferences.

Better than oven nachos. This is so much easier than baking a big pan of nachos to serve at a party. The oven-baked kind has to be eaten immediately, because they cool down quickly once they're out of the oven, and the melted cheese soon is cold, hard, and unappealing. But, if you keep nacho cheese sauce warm (in a slow cooker or fondue pot), you don't have to worry about serving the nachos immediately. These make-your-own nachos can be enjoyed over the course of an hour or two, making them a perfect option for watching a sports game or a party that may go on for an extended time.

Everyone gets their favorite combo. Another benefit of allowing everyone to top their own nachos with their favorite ingredients is that you don't have to worry about allergies, dislikes (like cilantro haters), or tolerance for spice and heat. Everyone can have them "their way".

Pot luck option. You can provide all of the nacho ingredients yourself, or, you can provide the nacho sauce and let guests bring the toppings and chips. This is an easy pot luck menu, if you prefer to go that route.


  • Queso sauce*
  • Tortilla chips
  • TOPPING OPTIONS--
  • Salsa*
  • Guacamole*
  • Sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickeled)
  • Roasted Corn (buy frozen roasted corn or roast your own--grill or broil on the cob, then cut kernels from cob)
  • Beans (black, pinto, or refried)
  • Cilantro
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Chorizo (crumbled and browned in a skillet)
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Ropa Vieja Shredded Mexican Beef*
  • Fiesta Chicken*
  • Pork Carnitas*
  • Taco Ground Beef or Turkey*
  • Pico de Gallo fresh salsa(s)*
  • BEVERAGE OPTIONS:
  • Sparkling Margarita Sangria*
  • Frozen Margaritas in mason jars*
  • DESSERT OPTION:
  • Fruit Salad Salsa with Sugar & Spice Tortilla Chips*

*Find recipe links for these items in blog post, "A Make-Your-Own-Nachos Party Buffet": https://www.theyummylife.com/Nacho_Party_Buffet

Make queso sauce to serve right away or refrigerate and reheat later. 1 batch of sauce makes 4 cups. Plan on approx. 1/2 cup per person, give-or-take depending on how much other food is being served.

For serving, keep queso sauce warm in a small slow cooker or fondue pot. If queso sits out uncovered for an extended period of time, it may become too thick. Keep a can of evaporated milk on hand to whisk in (1-2 tablespoons at a time) for thinning, if necessary.

All topping ingredients (except guacamole) may be prepped a day ahead and refrigerated in small serving bowls. That way they can go directly from the fridge to the serving table.

Meats may be made ahead and frozen, if desired. If serving for an extended time, keep reheated meats warm in a slow cooker, fondue pot, or use warming trays.

Fill a napkin-lined basket or large bowl with tortilla chips.

Potluck suggestion: You provide the queso sauce and let guests bring the chips and toppings. Easy and fun!

A nacho buffet is an easy, crowd-pleasing menu for Game Day parties, Cinco de Mayo, or any party for that matter. It starts with a delicious nacho cheese sauce to drizzle over tortilla chips. Guests can choose from a variety of toppings so they can customize their nachos according to their preferences.

Better than oven nachos. This is so much easier than baking a big pan of nachos to serve at a party. The oven-baked kind has to be eaten immediately, because they cool down quickly once they're out of the oven, and the melted cheese soon is cold, hard, and unappealing. But, if you keep nacho cheese sauce warm (in a slow cooker or fondue pot), you don't have to worry about serving the nachos immediately. These make-your-own nachos can be enjoyed over the course of an hour or two, making them a perfect option for watching a sports game or a party that may go on for an extended time.

Everyone gets their favorite combo. Another benefit of allowing everyone to top their own nachos with their favorite ingredients is that you don't have to worry about allergies, dislikes (like cilantro haters), or tolerance for spice and heat. Everyone can have them "their way".

Pot luck option. You can provide all of the nacho ingredients yourself, or, you can provide the nacho sauce and let guests bring the toppings and chips. This is an easy pot luck menu, if you prefer to go that route.


  • Queso sauce*
  • Tortilla chips
  • TOPPING OPTIONS--
  • Salsa*
  • Guacamole*
  • Sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickeled)
  • Roasted Corn (buy frozen roasted corn or roast your own--grill or broil on the cob, then cut kernels from cob)
  • Beans (black, pinto, or refried)
  • Cilantro
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Chorizo (crumbled and browned in a skillet)
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Ropa Vieja Shredded Mexican Beef*
  • Fiesta Chicken*
  • Pork Carnitas*
  • Taco Ground Beef or Turkey*
  • Pico de Gallo fresh salsa(s)*
  • BEVERAGE OPTIONS:
  • Sparkling Margarita Sangria*
  • Frozen Margaritas in mason jars*
  • DESSERT OPTION:
  • Fruit Salad Salsa with Sugar & Spice Tortilla Chips*

*Find recipe links for these items in blog post, "A Make-Your-Own-Nachos Party Buffet": https://www.theyummylife.com/Nacho_Party_Buffet

Make queso sauce to serve right away or refrigerate and reheat later. 1 batch of sauce makes 4 cups. Plan on approx. 1/2 cup per person, give-or-take depending on how much other food is being served.

For serving, keep queso sauce warm in a small slow cooker or fondue pot. If queso sits out uncovered for an extended period of time, it may become too thick. Keep a can of evaporated milk on hand to whisk in (1-2 tablespoons at a time) for thinning, if necessary.

All topping ingredients (except guacamole) may be prepped a day ahead and refrigerated in small serving bowls. That way they can go directly from the fridge to the serving table.

Meats may be made ahead and frozen, if desired. If serving for an extended time, keep reheated meats warm in a slow cooker, fondue pot, or use warming trays.

Fill a napkin-lined basket or large bowl with tortilla chips.

Potluck suggestion: You provide the queso sauce and let guests bring the chips and toppings. Easy and fun!

A nacho buffet is an easy, crowd-pleasing menu for Game Day parties, Cinco de Mayo, or any party for that matter. It starts with a delicious nacho cheese sauce to drizzle over tortilla chips. Guests can choose from a variety of toppings so they can customize their nachos according to their preferences.

Better than oven nachos. This is so much easier than baking a big pan of nachos to serve at a party. The oven-baked kind has to be eaten immediately, because they cool down quickly once they're out of the oven, and the melted cheese soon is cold, hard, and unappealing. But, if you keep nacho cheese sauce warm (in a slow cooker or fondue pot), you don't have to worry about serving the nachos immediately. These make-your-own nachos can be enjoyed over the course of an hour or two, making them a perfect option for watching a sports game or a party that may go on for an extended time.

Everyone gets their favorite combo. Another benefit of allowing everyone to top their own nachos with their favorite ingredients is that you don't have to worry about allergies, dislikes (like cilantro haters), or tolerance for spice and heat. Everyone can have them "their way".

Pot luck option. You can provide all of the nacho ingredients yourself, or, you can provide the nacho sauce and let guests bring the toppings and chips. This is an easy pot luck menu, if you prefer to go that route.


  • Queso sauce*
  • Tortilla chips
  • TOPPING OPTIONS--
  • Salsa*
  • Guacamole*
  • Sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickeled)
  • Roasted Corn (buy frozen roasted corn or roast your own--grill or broil on the cob, then cut kernels from cob)
  • Beans (black, pinto, or refried)
  • Cilantro
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Chorizo (crumbled and browned in a skillet)
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Ropa Vieja Shredded Mexican Beef*
  • Fiesta Chicken*
  • Pork Carnitas*
  • Taco Ground Beef or Turkey*
  • Pico de Gallo fresh salsa(s)*
  • BEVERAGE OPTIONS:
  • Sparkling Margarita Sangria*
  • Frozen Margaritas in mason jars*
  • DESSERT OPTION:
  • Fruit Salad Salsa with Sugar & Spice Tortilla Chips*

*Find recipe links for these items in blog post, "A Make-Your-Own-Nachos Party Buffet": https://www.theyummylife.com/Nacho_Party_Buffet

Make queso sauce to serve right away or refrigerate and reheat later. 1 batch of sauce makes 4 cups. Plan on approx. 1/2 cup per person, give-or-take depending on how much other food is being served.

For serving, keep queso sauce warm in a small slow cooker or fondue pot. If queso sits out uncovered for an extended period of time, it may become too thick. Keep a can of evaporated milk on hand to whisk in (1-2 tablespoons at a time) for thinning, if necessary.

All topping ingredients (except guacamole) may be prepped a day ahead and refrigerated in small serving bowls. That way they can go directly from the fridge to the serving table.

Meats may be made ahead and frozen, if desired. If serving for an extended time, keep reheated meats warm in a slow cooker, fondue pot, or use warming trays.

Fill a napkin-lined basket or large bowl with tortilla chips.

Potluck suggestion: You provide the queso sauce and let guests bring the chips and toppings. Easy and fun!

A nacho buffet is an easy, crowd-pleasing menu for Game Day parties, Cinco de Mayo, or any party for that matter. It starts with a delicious nacho cheese sauce to drizzle over tortilla chips. Guests can choose from a variety of toppings so they can customize their nachos according to their preferences.

Better than oven nachos. This is so much easier than baking a big pan of nachos to serve at a party. The oven-baked kind has to be eaten immediately, because they cool down quickly once they're out of the oven, and the melted cheese soon is cold, hard, and unappealing. But, if you keep nacho cheese sauce warm (in a slow cooker or fondue pot), you don't have to worry about serving the nachos immediately. These make-your-own nachos can be enjoyed over the course of an hour or two, making them a perfect option for watching a sports game or a party that may go on for an extended time.

Everyone gets their favorite combo. Another benefit of allowing everyone to top their own nachos with their favorite ingredients is that you don't have to worry about allergies, dislikes (like cilantro haters), or tolerance for spice and heat. Everyone can have them "their way".

Pot luck option. You can provide all of the nacho ingredients yourself, or, you can provide the nacho sauce and let guests bring the toppings and chips. This is an easy pot luck menu, if you prefer to go that route.


  • Queso sauce*
  • Tortilla chips
  • TOPPING OPTIONS--
  • Salsa*
  • Guacamole*
  • Sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickeled)
  • Roasted Corn (buy frozen roasted corn or roast your own--grill or broil on the cob, then cut kernels from cob)
  • Beans (black, pinto, or refried)
  • Cilantro
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Chorizo (crumbled and browned in a skillet)
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Ropa Vieja Shredded Mexican Beef*
  • Fiesta Chicken*
  • Pork Carnitas*
  • Taco Ground Beef or Turkey*
  • Pico de Gallo fresh salsa(s)*
  • BEVERAGE OPTIONS:
  • Sparkling Margarita Sangria*
  • Frozen Margaritas in mason jars*
  • DESSERT OPTION:
  • Fruit Salad Salsa with Sugar & Spice Tortilla Chips*

*Find recipe links for these items in blog post, "A Make-Your-Own-Nachos Party Buffet": https://www.theyummylife.com/Nacho_Party_Buffet

Make queso sauce to serve right away or refrigerate and reheat later. 1 batch of sauce makes 4 cups. Plan on approx. 1/2 cup per person, give-or-take depending on how much other food is being served.

For serving, keep queso sauce warm in a small slow cooker or fondue pot. If queso sits out uncovered for an extended period of time, it may become too thick. Keep a can of evaporated milk on hand to whisk in (1-2 tablespoons at a time) for thinning, if necessary.

All topping ingredients (except guacamole) may be prepped a day ahead and refrigerated in small serving bowls. That way they can go directly from the fridge to the serving table.

Meats may be made ahead and frozen, if desired. If serving for an extended time, keep reheated meats warm in a slow cooker, fondue pot, or use warming trays.

Fill a napkin-lined basket or large bowl with tortilla chips.

Potluck suggestion: You provide the queso sauce and let guests bring the chips and toppings. Easy and fun!

A nacho buffet is an easy, crowd-pleasing menu for Game Day parties, Cinco de Mayo, or any party for that matter. It starts with a delicious nacho cheese sauce to drizzle over tortilla chips. Guests can choose from a variety of toppings so they can customize their nachos according to their preferences.

Better than oven nachos. This is so much easier than baking a big pan of nachos to serve at a party. The oven-baked kind has to be eaten immediately, because they cool down quickly once they're out of the oven, and the melted cheese soon is cold, hard, and unappealing. But, if you keep nacho cheese sauce warm (in a slow cooker or fondue pot), you don't have to worry about serving the nachos immediately. These make-your-own nachos can be enjoyed over the course of an hour or two, making them a perfect option for watching a sports game or a party that may go on for an extended time.

Everyone gets their favorite combo. Another benefit of allowing everyone to top their own nachos with their favorite ingredients is that you don't have to worry about allergies, dislikes (like cilantro haters), or tolerance for spice and heat. Everyone can have them "their way".

Pot luck option. You can provide all of the nacho ingredients yourself, or, you can provide the nacho sauce and let guests bring the toppings and chips. This is an easy pot luck menu, if you prefer to go that route.


  • Queso sauce*
  • Tortilla chips
  • TOPPING OPTIONS--
  • Salsa*
  • Guacamole*
  • Sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickeled)
  • Roasted Corn (buy frozen roasted corn or roast your own--grill or broil on the cob, then cut kernels from cob)
  • Beans (black, pinto, or refried)
  • Cilantro
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Chorizo (crumbled and browned in a skillet)
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Ropa Vieja Shredded Mexican Beef*
  • Fiesta Chicken*
  • Pork Carnitas*
  • Taco Ground Beef or Turkey*
  • Pico de Gallo fresh salsa(s)*
  • BEVERAGE OPTIONS:
  • Sparkling Margarita Sangria*
  • Frozen Margaritas in mason jars*
  • DESSERT OPTION:
  • Fruit Salad Salsa with Sugar & Spice Tortilla Chips*

*Find recipe links for these items in blog post, "A Make-Your-Own-Nachos Party Buffet": https://www.theyummylife.com/Nacho_Party_Buffet

Make queso sauce to serve right away or refrigerate and reheat later. 1 batch of sauce makes 4 cups. Plan on approx. 1/2 cup per person, give-or-take depending on how much other food is being served.

For serving, keep queso sauce warm in a small slow cooker or fondue pot. If queso sits out uncovered for an extended period of time, it may become too thick. Keep a can of evaporated milk on hand to whisk in (1-2 tablespoons at a time) for thinning, if necessary.

All topping ingredients (except guacamole) may be prepped a day ahead and refrigerated in small serving bowls. That way they can go directly from the fridge to the serving table.

Meats may be made ahead and frozen, if desired. If serving for an extended time, keep reheated meats warm in a slow cooker, fondue pot, or use warming trays.

Fill a napkin-lined basket or large bowl with tortilla chips.

Potluck suggestion: You provide the queso sauce and let guests bring the chips and toppings. Easy and fun!

A nacho buffet is an easy, crowd-pleasing menu for Game Day parties, Cinco de Mayo, or any party for that matter. It starts with a delicious nacho cheese sauce to drizzle over tortilla chips. Guests can choose from a variety of toppings so they can customize their nachos according to their preferences.

Better than oven nachos. This is so much easier than baking a big pan of nachos to serve at a party. The oven-baked kind has to be eaten immediately, because they cool down quickly once they're out of the oven, and the melted cheese soon is cold, hard, and unappealing. But, if you keep nacho cheese sauce warm (in a slow cooker or fondue pot), you don't have to worry about serving the nachos immediately. These make-your-own nachos can be enjoyed over the course of an hour or two, making them a perfect option for watching a sports game or a party that may go on for an extended time.

Everyone gets their favorite combo. Another benefit of allowing everyone to top their own nachos with their favorite ingredients is that you don't have to worry about allergies, dislikes (like cilantro haters), or tolerance for spice and heat. Everyone can have them "their way".

Pot luck option. You can provide all of the nacho ingredients yourself, or, you can provide the nacho sauce and let guests bring the toppings and chips. This is an easy pot luck menu, if you prefer to go that route.


  • Queso sauce*
  • Tortilla chips
  • TOPPING OPTIONS--
  • Salsa*
  • Guacamole*
  • Sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickeled)
  • Roasted Corn (buy frozen roasted corn or roast your own--grill or broil on the cob, then cut kernels from cob)
  • Beans (black, pinto, or refried)
  • Cilantro
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Chorizo (crumbled and browned in a skillet)
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Ropa Vieja Shredded Mexican Beef*
  • Fiesta Chicken*
  • Pork Carnitas*
  • Taco Ground Beef or Turkey*
  • Pico de Gallo fresh salsa(s)*
  • BEVERAGE OPTIONS:
  • Sparkling Margarita Sangria*
  • Frozen Margaritas in mason jars*
  • DESSERT OPTION:
  • Fruit Salad Salsa with Sugar & Spice Tortilla Chips*

*Find recipe links for these items in blog post, "A Make-Your-Own-Nachos Party Buffet": https://www.theyummylife.com/Nacho_Party_Buffet

Make queso sauce to serve right away or refrigerate and reheat later. 1 batch of sauce makes 4 cups. Plan on approx. 1/2 cup per person, give-or-take depending on how much other food is being served.

For serving, keep queso sauce warm in a small slow cooker or fondue pot. If queso sits out uncovered for an extended period of time, it may become too thick. Keep a can of evaporated milk on hand to whisk in (1-2 tablespoons at a time) for thinning, if necessary.

All topping ingredients (except guacamole) may be prepped a day ahead and refrigerated in small serving bowls. That way they can go directly from the fridge to the serving table.

Meats may be made ahead and frozen, if desired. If serving for an extended time, keep reheated meats warm in a slow cooker, fondue pot, or use warming trays.

Fill a napkin-lined basket or large bowl with tortilla chips.

Potluck suggestion: You provide the queso sauce and let guests bring the chips and toppings. Easy and fun!

A nacho buffet is an easy, crowd-pleasing menu for Game Day parties, Cinco de Mayo, or any party for that matter. It starts with a delicious nacho cheese sauce to drizzle over tortilla chips. Guests can choose from a variety of toppings so they can customize their nachos according to their preferences.

Better than oven nachos. This is so much easier than baking a big pan of nachos to serve at a party. The oven-baked kind has to be eaten immediately, because they cool down quickly once they're out of the oven, and the melted cheese soon is cold, hard, and unappealing. But, if you keep nacho cheese sauce warm (in a slow cooker or fondue pot), you don't have to worry about serving the nachos immediately. These make-your-own nachos can be enjoyed over the course of an hour or two, making them a perfect option for watching a sports game or a party that may go on for an extended time.

Everyone gets their favorite combo. Another benefit of allowing everyone to top their own nachos with their favorite ingredients is that you don't have to worry about allergies, dislikes (like cilantro haters), or tolerance for spice and heat. Everyone can have them "their way".

Pot luck option. You can provide all of the nacho ingredients yourself, or, you can provide the nacho sauce and let guests bring the toppings and chips. This is an easy pot luck menu, if you prefer to go that route.


  • Queso sauce*
  • Tortilla chips
  • TOPPING OPTIONS--
  • Salsa*
  • Guacamole*
  • Sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickeled)
  • Roasted Corn (buy frozen roasted corn or roast your own--grill or broil on the cob, then cut kernels from cob)
  • Beans (black, pinto, or refried)
  • Cilantro
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Chorizo (crumbled and browned in a skillet)
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Ropa Vieja Shredded Mexican Beef*
  • Fiesta Chicken*
  • Pork Carnitas*
  • Taco Ground Beef or Turkey*
  • Pico de Gallo fresh salsa(s)*
  • BEVERAGE OPTIONS:
  • Sparkling Margarita Sangria*
  • Frozen Margaritas in mason jars*
  • DESSERT OPTION:
  • Fruit Salad Salsa with Sugar & Spice Tortilla Chips*

*Find recipe links for these items in blog post, "A Make-Your-Own-Nachos Party Buffet": https://www.theyummylife.com/Nacho_Party_Buffet

Make queso sauce to serve right away or refrigerate and reheat later. 1 batch of sauce makes 4 cups. Plan on approx. 1/2 cup per person, give-or-take depending on how much other food is being served.

For serving, keep queso sauce warm in a small slow cooker or fondue pot. If queso sits out uncovered for an extended period of time, it may become too thick. Keep a can of evaporated milk on hand to whisk in (1-2 tablespoons at a time) for thinning, if necessary.

All topping ingredients (except guacamole) may be prepped a day ahead and refrigerated in small serving bowls. That way they can go directly from the fridge to the serving table.

Meats may be made ahead and frozen, if desired. If serving for an extended time, keep reheated meats warm in a slow cooker, fondue pot, or use warming trays.

Fill a napkin-lined basket or large bowl with tortilla chips.

Potluck suggestion: You provide the queso sauce and let guests bring the chips and toppings. Easy and fun!

A nacho buffet is an easy, crowd-pleasing menu for Game Day parties, Cinco de Mayo, or any party for that matter. It starts with a delicious nacho cheese sauce to drizzle over tortilla chips. Guests can choose from a variety of toppings so they can customize their nachos according to their preferences.

Better than oven nachos. This is so much easier than baking a big pan of nachos to serve at a party. The oven-baked kind has to be eaten immediately, because they cool down quickly once they're out of the oven, and the melted cheese soon is cold, hard, and unappealing. But, if you keep nacho cheese sauce warm (in a slow cooker or fondue pot), you don't have to worry about serving the nachos immediately. These make-your-own nachos can be enjoyed over the course of an hour or two, making them a perfect option for watching a sports game or a party that may go on for an extended time.

Everyone gets their favorite combo. Another benefit of allowing everyone to top their own nachos with their favorite ingredients is that you don't have to worry about allergies, dislikes (like cilantro haters), or tolerance for spice and heat. Everyone can have them "their way".

Pot luck option. You can provide all of the nacho ingredients yourself, or, you can provide the nacho sauce and let guests bring the toppings and chips. This is an easy pot luck menu, if you prefer to go that route.


  • Queso sauce*
  • Tortilla chips
  • TOPPING OPTIONS--
  • Salsa*
  • Guacamole*
  • Sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickeled)
  • Roasted Corn (buy frozen roasted corn or roast your own--grill or broil on the cob, then cut kernels from cob)
  • Beans (black, pinto, or refried)
  • Cilantro
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Chorizo (crumbled and browned in a skillet)
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Ropa Vieja Shredded Mexican Beef*
  • Fiesta Chicken*
  • Pork Carnitas*
  • Taco Ground Beef or Turkey*
  • Pico de Gallo fresh salsa(s)*
  • BEVERAGE OPTIONS:
  • Sparkling Margarita Sangria*
  • Frozen Margaritas in mason jars*
  • DESSERT OPTION:
  • Fruit Salad Salsa with Sugar & Spice Tortilla Chips*

*Find recipe links for these items in blog post, "A Make-Your-Own-Nachos Party Buffet": https://www.theyummylife.com/Nacho_Party_Buffet

Make queso sauce to serve right away or refrigerate and reheat later. 1 batch of sauce makes 4 cups. Plan on approx. 1/2 cup per person, give-or-take depending on how much other food is being served.

For serving, keep queso sauce warm in a small slow cooker or fondue pot. If queso sits out uncovered for an extended period of time, it may become too thick. Keep a can of evaporated milk on hand to whisk in (1-2 tablespoons at a time) for thinning, if necessary.

All topping ingredients (except guacamole) may be prepped a day ahead and refrigerated in small serving bowls. That way they can go directly from the fridge to the serving table.

Meats may be made ahead and frozen, if desired. If serving for an extended time, keep reheated meats warm in a slow cooker, fondue pot, or use warming trays.

Fill a napkin-lined basket or large bowl with tortilla chips.

Potluck suggestion: You provide the queso sauce and let guests bring the chips and toppings. Easy and fun!

A nacho buffet is an easy, crowd-pleasing menu for Game Day parties, Cinco de Mayo, or any party for that matter. It starts with a delicious nacho cheese sauce to drizzle over tortilla chips. Guests can choose from a variety of toppings so they can customize their nachos according to their preferences.

Better than oven nachos. This is so much easier than baking a big pan of nachos to serve at a party. The oven-baked kind has to be eaten immediately, because they cool down quickly once they're out of the oven, and the melted cheese soon is cold, hard, and unappealing. But, if you keep nacho cheese sauce warm (in a slow cooker or fondue pot), you don't have to worry about serving the nachos immediately. These make-your-own nachos can be enjoyed over the course of an hour or two, making them a perfect option for watching a sports game or a party that may go on for an extended time.

Everyone gets their favorite combo. Another benefit of allowing everyone to top their own nachos with their favorite ingredients is that you don't have to worry about allergies, dislikes (like cilantro haters), or tolerance for spice and heat. Everyone can have them "their way".

Pot luck option. You can provide all of the nacho ingredients yourself, or, you can provide the nacho sauce and let guests bring the toppings and chips. This is an easy pot luck menu, if you prefer to go that route.


  • Queso sauce*
  • Tortilla chips
  • TOPPING OPTIONS--
  • Salsa*
  • Guacamole*
  • Sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickeled)
  • Roasted Corn (buy frozen roasted corn or roast your own--grill or broil on the cob, then cut kernels from cob)
  • Beans (black, pinto, or refried)
  • Cilantro
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Chorizo (crumbled and browned in a skillet)
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Ropa Vieja Shredded Mexican Beef*
  • Fiesta Chicken*
  • Pork Carnitas*
  • Taco Ground Beef or Turkey*
  • Pico de Gallo fresh salsa(s)*
  • BEVERAGE OPTIONS:
  • Sparkling Margarita Sangria*
  • Frozen Margaritas in mason jars*
  • DESSERT OPTION:
  • Fruit Salad Salsa with Sugar & Spice Tortilla Chips*

*Find recipe links for these items in blog post, "A Make-Your-Own-Nachos Party Buffet": https://www.theyummylife.com/Nacho_Party_Buffet

Make queso sauce to serve right away or refrigerate and reheat later. 1 batch of sauce makes 4 cups. Plan on approx. 1/2 cup per person, give-or-take depending on how much other food is being served.

For serving, keep queso sauce warm in a small slow cooker or fondue pot. If queso sits out uncovered for an extended period of time, it may become too thick. Keep a can of evaporated milk on hand to whisk in (1-2 tablespoons at a time) for thinning, if necessary.

All topping ingredients (except guacamole) may be prepped a day ahead and refrigerated in small serving bowls. That way they can go directly from the fridge to the serving table.

Meats may be made ahead and frozen, if desired. If serving for an extended time, keep reheated meats warm in a slow cooker, fondue pot, or use warming trays.

Fill a napkin-lined basket or large bowl with tortilla chips.

Potluck suggestion: You provide the queso sauce and let guests bring the chips and toppings. Easy and fun!

A nacho buffet is an easy, crowd-pleasing menu for Game Day parties, Cinco de Mayo, or any party for that matter. It starts with a delicious nacho cheese sauce to drizzle over tortilla chips. Guests can choose from a variety of toppings so they can customize their nachos according to their preferences.

Better than oven nachos. This is so much easier than baking a big pan of nachos to serve at a party. The oven-baked kind has to be eaten immediately, because they cool down quickly once they're out of the oven, and the melted cheese soon is cold, hard, and unappealing. But, if you keep nacho cheese sauce warm (in a slow cooker or fondue pot), you don't have to worry about serving the nachos immediately. These make-your-own nachos can be enjoyed over the course of an hour or two, making them a perfect option for watching a sports game or a party that may go on for an extended time.

Everyone gets their favorite combo. Another benefit of allowing everyone to top their own nachos with their favorite ingredients is that you don't have to worry about allergies, dislikes (like cilantro haters), or tolerance for spice and heat. Everyone can have them "their way".

Pot luck option. You can provide all of the nacho ingredients yourself, or, you can provide the nacho sauce and let guests bring the toppings and chips. This is an easy pot luck menu, if you prefer to go that route.



Comments:

  1. Clive

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  2. Aethelstan

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  3. Sham

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  4. Maed

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  5. Slaed

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