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Crab Nachos in a Pan
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5 from 3 votes

Crab Nachos

These easy crab nachos are made with tortilla chips, cheese, Dungeness (or canned) crab, and a quick garlic yogurt sauce. Perfect for a quick dinner or game day!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 630kcal



  • 8 ounces tortilla chips (Half of a 16oz bag)
  • 5 ounces queso fresco, crumbled ~Half a wheel
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, torn into small pieces ~Half a ball
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • cup pickled jalapeños
  • 6 ounces Dungeness crab legs (~3 crab legs), steamed and removed from shell Or swap canned crab
  • 2 tablespoons diced chives

Garlic Sauce (Optional):

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

Extra Toppings (Optional):

  • hot sauce
  • salsa


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
    Add chips to a large oven-safe pan or sheet pan.
    Top with the cheese.
    Add Cheese to Tortilla Chips
  • Add the avocado, jalapeños, crab and chives.
    Add Crab to Nachos
  • Slide the pan into the oven and cook nachos for about 8 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
    While the nachos cook, stir together all the garlic yogurt sauce ingredients.
    When the cheese is melted, remove nachos from the oven. Add the garlic sauce, salsa and hot sauce (if using), and serve immediately.
    Bake Until Cheese Melts


Serves 4 (small portions) or 2 (larger portions).
Cook Time:  Keep in mind that the cook time DOES NOT include steaming or shelling the crab.  Crab can be prepared up to 3 days ahead of time and refrigerated.
Crab is typically sold either pre-cooked or alive.  This recipe assumes that you are using pre-cooked crab legs.
Need more help prepping the crab? Learn more here: How to Steam + Crack Crab Legs


Calories: 630kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1202mg | Potassium: 697mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 787IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 548mg | Iron: 2mg