Shrimp Nacho Bites

One of the great things about being a food blogger is belonging to a large, supportive and nurturing community. I have found the food blogging community to be such a great group of people – helping one another through the blogging maze, everyone jumps in to help one another. The community mourns together. And it celebrates exciting life moments just the same. Which is why Amanda and Marla put together an awesome virtual baby shower for Jenny of Picky Palate, who is expecting her third little boy in just a few short weeks. Not surprisingly, the way food bloggers celebrate a virtual baby shower is by sharing some food! We did this last summer when Maria was expecting her first (remember the pavolva I made?) and I’m thrilled to share in Jenny’s excitement today. These shrimp nacho bites are my contribution to the shower that is taking place around the blogosphere.

I have not attended many baby showers (I think my total hovers somewhere around three), but like any other excuse to get together, there is never a shortage of fabulous food at these events. I’m a big fan of appetizers and desserts. I rarely need to eat a main dish when I go to a party or function; if you feed me enough appetizers and then provide me with something sweet to wash it down with, I’m a happy camper. When I was thinking about what I wanted to make for Jenny’s shower, I was leaning towards some sort of fun, bite-size appetizer.

These nacho bites are perfect for any type of party. They are super easy to assemble, very economical, and people can easily eat them standing up or sitting down, and they can use their hands. Any time you can eliminate the need for cutlery at a party it’s a huge win in my book. I had a shrimp and corn quesadilla a couple of years ago during a day trip to Annapolis, MD and the memory of that meal has stayed with me for the longest time. I loved the combination of shrimp with corn, cheese and other traditional Mexican flavors. I used that as the inspiration for these nacho bites – lots of flavor, very colorful, and easily eaten hot or warm. Of course, if you’re not hosting a party, you could just make a big ol’ plate of these nachos, piling everything on – perfect for watching football this fall!

Below the recipe is a list of the other blogs participating in the virtual baby shower today; be sure to check them out – there are tons of delicious (and very creative) recipes!

One year ago: Zucchini-Pineapple Cupcakes with Orange Sour Cream Frosting
Two years ago: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
Three years ago: How to Make Pate a Choux & Fill Eclairs and Cream Puffs
Five years ago: American Apple Pie

Shrimp Nacho Bites

Yield: 40-50 nacho bites

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


40-50 scoop-shaped tortilla chips
1 cup black beans
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
40 pieces small frozen, deveined shrimp, thawed and tails removed
1 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (or a combination)
1 avocado, sliced into 1-inch pieces
½ cup salsa
½ cup sour cream
½ cup cilantro, finely chopped


1. Arrange the tortilla chips on a baking stone or oven-safe baking dish. Place a small amount of black beans and corn in the bottom of each scoop (about 5 beans and corn kernels per scoop). Top with a piece of shrimp and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

2. Turn on your oven's broiler and let it heat up for a few minutes. When it's ready, put the nacho bites in the oven and broil until the cheese is completely melted and the chips start to look toasted, about 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on them so they don't burn under the broiler!

3. Remove from the oven and top with a small slice of avocado, a dollop of salsa, then a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of cilantro. If you need to move them to a separate serving platter and they are still hot, use a pair or tongs to gently transfer them. Serve warm.

The list of blogs participating in the virtual baby shower and links to their recipes:

Amanda: i am baker Special Cake for a “Picky Palate”

Amanda: Kevin and Amanda Cinnamon Blueberry Biscoff Breakfast Cookies

Angie: Bakerella Baby Faces

Averie: Averie Cooks Chocolate Banana and Biscoff Graham Bars

Bev: Bev Cooks Horseradish Deviled Eggs

Bridget: Bake at 350 Cute as a Button Cupcakes

Cheryl: TidyMom Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Gaby: Whats Gaby Cooking Blueberry Buttermilk Cake

Heather: Heather’s Dish Perfect Pancake Bites

Julie: The Little Kitchen Mixed Berry Mint Slushies

Kathy: Panini Happy Baby Oreo Ice Cream Pies

Kristan: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen Homemade Animal Crackers

Lauren: Lauren’s Latest Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes

Lori: Recipe Girl Oreo and Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Maria: Two Peas and Their Pod Cookies ‘n Cream Sheet Cake

Marion: Sweetopia Baby Shower Cookie Favors

Marla: Family Fresh Cooking Blueberry Mint Agua Fresca

Naomi: Bakers Royale Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Trifles

Recipe BoyChocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Oreos

Robyn: Add a Pinch Blue Velvet Cake

Shaina: Food For My Family Ginger Plum Preserves

Shelly: Cookies and Cups Oreo Pop Baby Rattles


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42 Responses to “Shrimp Nacho Bites”

  1. Jen @ Savory Simple on August 20, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I love Annapolis! There are some great restaurants there. A virtual baby shower is such a sweet idea; she’s lucky to have friends like you. These sound so flavorful!


  2. Rodzilla on August 20, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Looks like you’re one of the few who didn’t plan on bringing dessert 😀 probably typical of most any baking blog event


  3. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on August 20, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I love the idea of a virtual baby shower! That is just so cool and the best part is you cna eat everything you created, like you shrimp nachos! Yum! Great recipe!


  4. shelly (cookies and cups) on August 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

    These are perfectly poppable. I eat like 13. Or maybe 14, would that be rude?


  5. Jenny Flake on August 20, 2012 at 8:59 am

    These look amazing!!! I can imagine eating more than my share :) Thanks so much for being a part of such a sweet shower for me, you ladies are the best!! xoxo


  6. megan @ whatmegansmaking on August 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

    These are so cute! And I could eat a ton of them I bet :)


  7. katie on August 20, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Love these super simple appetizers! Perfect for entertaining!


  8. Maria on August 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Perfect finger food for the shower!


  9. Cookbook Queen on August 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I absolutely LOVE these!! Great shower food — it looks cute and I can tell they taste amazing!!


  10. najwa kronfel on August 20, 2012 at 9:52 am

    These are perfect contribution for the shower!


  11. Averie @ Averie Cooks on August 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Well I think you’re one of only one other than Bev who made a savory dish for the shower – and it’s a gorgeous one! I bet this will be a hit after we all eat all that sugar :)


  12. Lauren on August 20, 2012 at 9:59 am

    These look and sound SO GOOD.


  13. Stephanie on August 20, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Looks like a great virtual baby shower so far. These look delicious and fun!


  14. bev @ bev cooks on August 20, 2012 at 10:28 am

    So glad I’m not the only savory gal! These look AWESOME.


  15. caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy on August 20, 2012 at 11:57 am

    how delicious! i love this recipe!


  16. Amanda on August 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    How cute are these mini Shrimp Nacho Bites?! Perfect for a party!! :)


  17. JulieD on August 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I love these, Michelle! They are perfect for a baby shower!


  18. naomi on August 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Wait, wait, shrimp bites, but nacho style – uh, I’m pretty sure it’s an order that we swap appetizer for desserts. LOVE this -such a great and delicious idea.


  19. rachel on August 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Oh my good giddy aunt.. those look and sound AMAZING!
    I can’t wait to try these!


  20. Kathy - Panini Happy on August 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Mmmm…I love these teeny tiny shrimp tostadas!


  21. Tasha @ thatssoyummy on August 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    These look scrumtious. I could eat a whole handful right now!


  22. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on August 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I am in love with this idea!!!


  23. Katie @ Blonde Ambition on August 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    These sound so simple, and I’m sure they are delicious! Cute idea!


  24. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel on August 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    These look AWESOME, Michelle! I love nachos and shrimp, and what a perfect little app to combine the two!


  25. TidyMom on August 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I’m a big shrimp lover and I’m in love with this idea!!! Perfect shower dish Michelle!!


  26. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts on August 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I love these little nachos – anything bite sized is always cute and perfect for a party!


  27. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet on August 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Easy and delish party food – perfect for any celebration!


  28. leslie on August 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    AMAZING…you are the only savory one on the list! Love them!


  29. Kare @ Kitchen Treaty on August 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Those are so cute! What a great idea.


  30. Maggie on August 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Gah! I love shrimp so much but I rarely get to eat it because my husband is allergic. Would it be so bad if I just made a huge plate of these for myself and made him fend for himself for dinner? :)


  31. Amanda on August 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    These sounds SOOOOOO good!!! I love them!


  32. marla on August 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Oh how I love these savory bites to honor Jenny + her baby! Thanks so much for joining in the fun :)


  33. Riley on August 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    So cute! They look very tasty!


  34. purelylori on August 20, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    looks like great finger food for a shower :) love shrimp, such a great thing to make bite-size food with.


  35. Lori @ RecipeGirl on August 20, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    These look delicious! I’m always looking for yummy appetizer ideas!


  36. Angela @ AnotherBitePlease on August 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    these look perfectly delicious!!! especially for any party!


  37. Jenn on August 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Michelle!! I live in Annapolis! Please, please, please come visit again! I would love to play hostess and take you sailing!


  38. icakepops on August 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    This is a perfect summer appetizer! Thank u for the recipe!


  39. Home Inspections Chicago on August 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    These look so delicious and gourmet and lovely!


  40. CJ @ Morsels of Life on August 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Jenny’s so lucky to have friends like you! Especially with these shrimp nacho bites – they look like such tasty eats. :)


  41. Sun World on August 31, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Looks so good!


  42. Kevin (Closet Cooking) on September 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Now these are some tasty looking apps!


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