Beer Brat Nachos

Beer brat nachos let the northern Wisconsin tundra meet Tex-Mex in this unique matchup of gameday tailgating snack time eats.
Beer Brat Nachos

Beer Brat Nachos

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day is for Beer Brat Nachos with Foodie Extravaganza for National Nachos Day. After all, who doesn’t love a pile of cheesy nachos?

Except, of course, you are probably expecting a pileup of doritos covered with cheese and a handful  of jalapenos, right?

Being huge Green Bay Packer- backers here at Palatable, we do dig the bratwurst, which is done Sheboygan style (aka simmered  in beer of course). And any self-respecting brat on a bun has to have the toppings du jour, and in this case that comes down to sauerkraut, a few bits and bobs of sundry sprinkles and beer cheese, of course.

Baked up on  a quarter sheet tray you have a pileup worthy of four- pass the forks around or just let the guys dig in with their fingers. Napkins are always at the ready. So munch on,  dudes!

Beer Brat Nachos

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Beer Brat Nachos

Beer Brat Nachos

Beer Brat Nachos

Sue Lau
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4


For the beer brats:

  • 19 ounces Johnsonville bratwurst sausages
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 12 ounces lager beer such as Pabst

For the Beer Cheese:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup beer brat liquid
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese shredded

For the Nachos:

  • 1 large bag tortilla chips or as needed
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces sauerkraut drained and chopped and heated up
  • sliced banana peppers as desired
  • sliced scallions as desired
  • sour cream as desired
  • sliced cherry tomatoes as desired


  • Preheat oven to 350F.

Braise the bratwurst

  • Brown the brats in the oil then add the onion, garlic and beer.
  • Simmer the brats until cooked through and tender, about 20 minutes. Let cool.

Make the beer cheese

  • To make the beer cheese, melt the butter in a skillet and whisk in the flour.
  • Add 2 cups cold milk and half cup of whatever beer remained in the brat pan along with the mustard.
  • Whisk over low heat until mixture comes to a boil, then boil one minute to thicken.
  • Remove pan from heat and add the cheese, continuing to whisk and melt it; set aside.

Build the nachos

  • Dice up brats into crumbly pieces.
  • Place an initial layer of chips on a pan and load half the toppings, but not the sour cream or scallions, or tomatoes.
  • Cover with more chips then the rest of the toppings, except the cold toppings I mentioned.
  • Bake in the oven about five minutes to melt the cheese, then add the sour cream, scallions and tomatoes.


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Keyword beer brats, beer cheese, nachos, Sauerkraut

Beer Brat Nachos

Beer Brat Nachos

8 responses

    • Nope. But if a couple makes a romantic dinner of it, like an aphrodisiac, then, well…they could be nekkid. 😉 Nachos as an aphrodisiac. I guess I’ll be posting another pan for Valentine’s Day. LOL!

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