Lobster Nachos

It has been a little over a month since we got back from Disneyland and frankly, I still miss it. I’m one of those crazy people that absolutely loves, loves, loves Disneyland. I never care about the the heat; we always go in the summer. I don’t care about lines. I don’t care about crowds. I simply love it. The lights. The sounds. The rides. The characters and, of course, the food. Theme park food ain’t what it used to be. Sure there are hot dogs, burgers, ice cream sandwiches and churros but there is also fried green tomato sandwiches, macaroni and cheese hot dogs and lobster nachos. That’s right. Lobster. Nachos.

Before we left for our trip, I asked Facebook what everyone’s favorite Disneyland eats were. One stood out: Lobster Nachos.

Say wha???

I checked it out on the website. Read some reviews and I just knew that I had to have them. I talked about them in the days leading up to the trip. And every day while at the park I kept talking about my lobster nachos.

And guess what.

I didn’t get my lobster nachos.

Wah Wah.

I didn’t get my lobster nachos because they are only sold at the Cove Bar in California Adventure. It’s a sit down place, the line was a little long and we were in Disneyland with 4 children ages 6 and under who couldn’t care less about the fact that I really wanted some nachos with lobster on them.

One day, out of sheer hope, I even asked if I could get them to go. Alas I was told no.

So my trip to Disneyland ended without my lobster nachos but not one to give up quite so easy I did a little more research, read the menu description and made my own lobster nachos at home. They are loaded with langoustino lobster tails, two kinds of cheese, black beans, homemade pico de gallo, jalapeños, cilantro and a creamy chipotle sour cream.

And guys, they are SCRUMPTIOUS.

One final note: You’ll notice that this recipe calls for langoustino lobster tails. If you aren’t familiar with langoustino you can read about them here. I found the taste to be very similar to lobster, the main differences are the size and price. First, langoustino lobster tails are about 1 inch vs the much larger American lobster tails. Second, I found these in a 2 pound bag at Costco for about $25 and they worked perfect for this. I only used 1/2 pound of the tails and have been able to use the lobster tails in a few other recipes so far. It’s kind of a steal in my opinion. But if you have access to fresh American lobster by all means, use that too!  :)

Lobster nachos are piled high with langoustine lobster tails, two kinds of cheese, black beans, homemade pico de gallo, jalapeños and a creamy chipotle sour cream.

Lobster Nachos Recipe


Nacho Ingredients:

  • About 12 ounces tortilla chips
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 - 3/4 pound pre-cooked langoustino lobster tails, thawed if frozen
  • Pico de gallo
  • Chipotle Sour cream

Pico de Gallo

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt

Chipotle Sour Cream

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice



Prepare the pico de gallo by mixing together all ingredients except salt. Once mixed, season to taste with salt and let sit at room temperature until ready to use.


Make the chipotle sour cream by whisking together all ingredients.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Place chips in a 12 inch cast iron skillet, or other oven proof pan, top with cheddar and pepper jack cheese, black beans and jalapeños. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Meanwhile, heat butter and oil in a skillet over medium heat until butter melts. Add in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in langoustino lobster tails and cook just until warmed through about 3 minutes.


Remove nachos from the oven. Use a slotted spoon to spoon the langoustino over the top. Top with pico de gallo and drizzle with chipotle sour cream. Serve immediately.



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  • Reply
    Deb in Denver
    July 8, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    I DID get to experience the lobster nachos at Cove Bar, 1/30/17. They were indeed excellent! And I found the same deliciousness using your recipe. My only addition was a teeny splash of marsala while warming lobster, to amp up the sweet seafood flavor.
    We can’t afford it often, but congrats on you figuring it out!

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      July 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Deb- I am So jealous! Apparently they still serve them at the Lamplighter Lounge so even if I have to go alone next time, I am getting my lobster nachos! That being said, I am so happy to hear that this is pretty close to the flavor and I am loving the idea of adding some marsala to the lobster. Yum!

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    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.
    September 1, 2015 at 8:06 am

    That’s pretty much the best idea ever! Lobster on nachos?! Doesn’t get much better than that! Also, I love Disneyland too, I would never go anywhere else on vacation if I could, I love it! :)

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    Miryam Quinn Doblas
    September 1, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Wow, how luxurious. I would love to dig my teeth into this :-)

  • Reply
    September 1, 2015 at 5:05 am

    I’ve been there twice; fun it was! BUT I didn’t find lobster nachos – their loss. HUGE loss! These sound dang awesome!!

  • Reply
    Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
    August 31, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I’m glad you finally got your lobster nachos, even if you had to make them yourself! These look incredible, with all of those toppings!

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    From Valerie's Kitchen
    August 31, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Disneyland has lobster nachos? What??? I always think of corn dogs and churros but it sounds like they’ve stepped it up quite a bit. This is the ULTIMATE game day snack!

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    Maryanne @the little epicurean
    August 31, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Disneyland is the BEST! These nachos look great! Don’t worry, you can always try out Cove Bar next time you visit :)

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    Dee Dee
    August 31, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Ack!!!! Lobster is one of my “desert island foods”, and now I REALLY need to make these. I’ll use the excuse of football this weekend to pull these out. Of course, I may not share them with anyone else. :o) Yum!

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    Justine@Cooking and Beer
    August 31, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    This is GENIUS! … and I LOVE Disney! I don’t think I’ll ever get “too old” for it! This recipe looks amazing!

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    Lady Gourmet
    August 31, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Dear Des, as summer comes to a close this salad is a perfect send out. It so fresh and flavorful…I would be in heaven chowing down on this. xo, Catherine

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    Florian @ContentednessCooking
    August 31, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Looks so fresh and colorful! Another hit!

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    Manila Spoon
    August 31, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I have never heard of lobster nachos either and now I am totally intrigued! Looking at your delicious dish – I know I would totally love it! Thanks for sharing your yummy creation! Pinned. :)

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
    August 31, 2015 at 6:29 am

    I love your enthusiasm for Disney even with 4 kids under 6 in tow! And, I am willing to bet your homemade version of Lobster nachos is way way better than the Cove Bar’s version!

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    Nibbles By Nic
    August 31, 2015 at 5:54 am

    As a devoted lobster lover I must try this NIBBBLE ASAP!!! The perfect light dinner or lunch for me and the family! YUM!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    August 31, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Oh Disneyland! I miss living in Florida, 1 hour from Disney world! THE BEST.
    BUT, not as good as these nachos. I mean lobster? ON NACHOS? SOLD. Pinned!

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    Judy @ I'm Bored, Let's Go
    August 31, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Wow, this sounds really, really good! I’d probably go for the less expensive option of langoustine in something like this as well!