California Roll Nacho Recipe · i am a food blog (2024)

California Roll Nacho Recipe · i am a food blog (1)

I have this thing for combining my favourite foods into one dish. Mapo tofu and waffles? Done. Banh mi and fries? Been there. Mac and cheese withshepherd’s pie? It’s delicious! It seems wrong, but it’s oh-so-right. I’m constantly thinking about what food mash-ups (for lack of a better term) will taste good. Hence, these California roll nachos.

California Roll Nacho Recipe · i am a food blog (2)

I love nachos. I love California rolls. Of course I LOVE California roll nachos. Sure, they’re essentiallythe illegitimate child of Japanese and Mexican cuisine, but considering the fact that California rolls are by no means traditional Japanese food (same with nachos and Mexican food), then it was inevitable that they would come together in a glorious deliciouspile of flavours covered in melted cheese.

California Roll Nacho Recipe
serves 2

  • 1/2 cup crab meat*, chopped
  • 1/4 cup kewpie mayo, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, divided
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • tortilla chips, as needed
  • 1/2 -3/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • seaweed strips, to garnish
  • sriracha, if desired

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.

In a bowl, mix together the crab, mayo, and 1/4 cup sliced green onions. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Place a single layer of chips on your lined baking sheet. Top with the crab mix and a generous sprinkling of cheddar. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is gooey and melted. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining sliced green onions, diced avocado and seaweed strips. Drizzle with sriracha, if using. Enjoy hot!

* You can go all fancy here and get real crab meat or you can just go the route of imitation crab meat, which is what I used.

California Roll Nacho Recipe · i am a food blog (3)


  1. August 25, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Oh my god this is too good Stephanie! I am kind of obsessed with sushi (but who isn’t haha!)


  2. August 25, 2014 at 3:39 am

    These are hands down the coolest nachos ever. LOVE!


  3. ~amy~ says:

    August 25, 2014 at 4:46 am

    What a delish combo!


  4. August 25, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Aha when East meets Mex, it can only be good! I am seriously craving some cheesy goodness right now because of your nachos


  5. Tieghan says:

    August 25, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Girl, these nachos!! heck yes!


  6. August 25, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Brilliant idea, a perfect pairing!


  7. cynthia says:

    August 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    OMG Steph this is AMAZING. I just had lunch and my stomach is grumbling again — this is so genius. Love <3 <3 (P.S. You're going to get such a kick out of what I'm posting this week!!)


  8. August 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Oh my, I didn’t even know this was missing in my life…


  9. tara says:

    August 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I’m a fan of french fries dipped in milkshakes/ice cream, but I’ve never actually combined them. I’d love to try a french fry milkshake!


  10. August 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Whoa- so interesting! I am loving these food mash-ups!


  11. August 25, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    i loooooove the idea of smashing favorite foods together to make a new awesome food (and i have a not-so-secret love of mapo tofu so i’ll have to try it in combo with waffles… or maybe fries, haha). love this!


  12. Sophie says:

    August 26, 2014 at 10:35 am

    oh my goshYES


  13. Shannan says:

    August 26, 2014 at 11:55 am

    This looks terrific, but I wonder… why not wonton chips? How fantastic that would be. I might add in a little wasabi powder to the kewpie mayo.


  14. Greg says:

    August 26, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I love the simple ingredients of this dish and it sounds so good! This sounds like the perfect future football food to add once season starts!


  15. August 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Just in time for football season!!


  16. Erika says:

    August 27, 2014 at 11:15 am

    YOU’RE AMAZING. Like I was just telling Cynthia, I’m planning a nacho bar for a bday gathering this sat…do we share a brain?!? This is SO SO PERFECT. PHENOM!!!!!!


  17. August 27, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    You’re crazy and that’s a compliment. But that crazy sure worked in this recipe. I must be crazy too.


  18. AD says:

    August 28, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Nice blog


  19. Erin says:

    August 28, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Yummm! Love your blog!:)


  20. August 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    if you had a food truck it would be INSANE. like, in the best way. cali roll nachos!??? love!!!


  21. August 30, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Oh my god this looks literally amazing. Football season is upon us… so obviously it’s nacho time! “The illegitimate child of Japanese and Mexican cuisine” made me laugh out loud :)


  22. August 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Oh gosh, I need these in my life. Extra avocado, please!!


  23. September 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Looks fantastic, definitely trying out!


  24. Brooke says:

    May 16, 2015 at 8:32 am

    This sounds too good to be true! It’s fantastic you came up with such a great recipe!!


  25. Shelby says:

    June 25, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    OMG This sounds amazing!!! Would this still taste good if I used regular mayo instead of the kewpie mayo?


    1. Stephanie says:

      June 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      you could definitely use regular :)


  26. Jean says:

    February 17, 2024 at 5:45 am

    I made this for superbowl and it was delicious! Yummy 😋


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