Sunset Nachos Recipe

A Gentleman’s Dish


One of the quintessential qualities of a gentleman is confidence, and though it’s beneficial in all areas of life, don’t neglect developing confidence in the kitchen. Cooking skills not only benefit the gentleman himself, but enable him to create a delightful meal to entertain friends, spend time in the kitchen with family, and help his partner with everyday household tasks. Read on for the crowd-pleasing dishes these five locals think every gentleman should know how to make.


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Guru Shah shares his Sunset Nachos recipe


“Until it closed its doors in 2015, Sunset Grill served as Vanderbilt’s late-night nachos destination. As a Vandy family (over 10 of us!), the Shahs have shared an obsession with these creamy, crunchy, spicy nachos for decades. When the restaurant announced it would shutter, I called them up and asked for the recipe, and, thankfully, they obliged. When our family gets together, I often cook these up and relish in all that we have to be grateful for, from those memories back at Vandy to the moments we get to share and create together now!” 

-Guru Shah

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sunset nachos in a casserole dish

Sunset Nachos

Guru Shah
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 8 oz. (1 block) cream cheese
  • 2 oz. salsa (Frontera Jalapeño Cilantro Salsa is delicious!)
  • 1 bag thick-cut tortilla chips
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Pickled jalepenos, to taste
  • 8 oz. (1 block) low moisture mozzarella, shredded by hand for peak meltiness
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro leaes, chopped
  • Cotija cheese, to taste
  • Avocado, diced and tossed in lime juice with a hefty pinch of salt


  • Set oven to convection bake 450°.
  • Melt cream cheese with salsa in a 4:1 ratio (4 oz. cream cheese to 1 oz. salsa).
  • Arrange an even layer of chips on a rimmed baking sheet or casserole dish.
  • Spoon melted cream cheese and salsa mixture over chips first.
  • Next, add black beans, pickled jalapeños, mozzarella, and smoked gouda.
  • Assemble another layer of all ingredients in the exact same manner.
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
  • Change oven to broil and continue cooking until cheese begins to brown.
  • Remove from oven and add cilantro, Cotija, additional pickled jalapeños, and diced avocado.
  • Serve sizzling hot!
Keyword nachos
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