ITALIAN NACHOS – Johnny Carino’s Style

Don’t fall over in disbelief.

I vowed that no matter what comes today . . . I would make a post!

I hope all of you have had a wonderful Christmas & the start of a great New Year.

Have I mentioned that we have have had a myriad of events in this household, and lots of company?  We have.  It’s been a lot of fun, a lot of work and a lot of cooking.  Let’s face it . . . my company would think I was off my rocker if they saw how I set up for a photo shoot of Food.

Therefore . . . I didn’t do it!

 I have a lot of New Years goals, mainly in the realm of studying more about lenses & my Camera.  I do take pictures on Manual and understand that aspect of it, but have sooooooo much more to learn.  My daughters have tried to also help their OLD MOM learn new tricks.  They are actual photographers and snap pictures of real live people. Food Photography is slightly a different task.  I love those websites & blogs that are willing to share their knowledge base with all of us  . . .that are still learning to take good pic’s.

I found a copy cat recipe for Italian Nachos.

Thanks goes out to jabberwocky.  Don’t you just love that name.

This recipe is reminiscent of the Italian Nachos at Johnny Carino’s.

Ohhhh so very good!

What are Italian Nachos? 

Crispy pasta chips with ground Italian Sausage and or sliced grilled chicken, pepperoncini peppers, black olives, Roma’s tomatoes and jalapenos.  Topped with creamy Alfredo sauce, melted mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Due to the fact that I didn’t have jalepenos or Pepperochini peppers . . . I had to omit them.

Diced green chilies would also be good.

So . . . before you commit totally to an extreme workout regimen, you must make these.

 I started by frying the won tons.  I always use a Big Deep Fry Daddy . . . No mess!

Sprinkle them lightly with Sea Salt.  Don’t eat them yet.

 Cook some ground Italian Sausage.  I buy the lean sausage and it’s every bit as good as the regular.

Slice some grilled Chicken Breast thinly and set aside.

Dice a couple of Roma Tomatoes, and slice some firm Black Olives, and prepare the peppers if desired.

Grate your Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese.

 Make the delicious Garlic, Parmesan Alfredo Sauce to drizzle over the top of the Nachos.

You will be tempted to drink it . . . but don’t!

Now you are ready to assemble your delicious Italian Nachos.

*If you plan to melt the Mozzarella cheese over the chips . . . prepare the Nachos and then place in the microwave just until cheese is melted.

I somehow forgot all about my grated Mozzarella cheese.  Out of sight out of mind!

Therefore . . . don’t place your grated Mozzarella cheese in the fridge while you dice and slice!

Somehow . . . we didn’t miss it at all . . . they were gobbled up quickly.

I think you might need to get a bit closer.  Look at the shaved Parmesan.

Now . . . if you happen to be Vegan as is jabberwocky . . . leave the Chicken and the Sausage off.  Still good.

ITALIAN NACHOS – Johnny Carino’s style


  • 1 Package wontons (found in the produce section),
    cut on the diagonal to form triangles
  • 1 package ground pork, cook in a saute pan until browned *
  • 1 6-ounce package grilled chicken pieces
    (sometimes found in the salad section) *
  • 1 jar Pepperochini peppers (I got mild)
  • Shaved Parmesan for garnish
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced olives
  • jalepenos (optional)
  • Grated Mozzarella Cheese for melting over the top (optional)
  • For the Cheese Sauce:

    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
    • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
    • 2 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, or other good-quality Parmesan


    1. In a heavy, medium saucepan melt the butter over low heat. Add the garlic and then the flour and stir to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and whisk in the half-and-half little by little. Cook until thickened, about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat; add 2 cups of the grated Parmesan. Season with the salt, pepper and stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Cover and set aside. *If the sauce becomes a bit thicker than you might like, simply add some milk or more half & half.
    2. Heat a heavy saucepan or deep fryer to medium. Cook the wontons until light brown. This only takes a few seconds per side. Set aside on paper towels to drain.
    3. Pile the wontons on a large serving platter. Drizzle with warm cheese sauce. Add sausage, chicken, tomatoes, olives and peppers. Top with shaved Parmesan. EAT IT!
    4. You can also assemble the plate of Nachos, then sprinkle grated Mozzarella over all, and heat in the microwave just until cheese is melted.
    • Brandi - 01/05/2011 - 1:54 pm

      Mom those look amazing! I am so happy that you found the delicous recipe, and made them for all of us! YUM. They are certainly a favorite of mine.
      I had to laugh…I joke with Jes evertime I make alfreado that i could drink it! Laughing…ReplyCancel

    • Brandi - 01/05/2011 - 1:56 pm

      and… I just have to add. My rolls didn’t turn out delicous and or even fantastic! They are good, but not like yours. I don’t know what went wrong….although, I think I didn’t let them raise long enough. That’s the only thing I can think of anyway. They taste more like a biscut then the delicous flakey roll I was going for! Better luck next time for me!!!ReplyCancel

    • Barb - 01/05/2011 - 3:19 pm

      So glad to see this post! I have been craving these for YEARS! Every since I last had them at the I.F. Carino’s. I moved to Denver and they don’t have that restaurant and then to Utah and there are more Olive Gardens here than Carinos. YAY. I am excited to try these now.ReplyCancel

    • Valerie M. - 01/07/2011 - 3:57 pm

      I’ve never heard of these, but they sound and look really good. We love fried won tons at my house! Adding all that stuff is a bonus. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Sarah - 02/22/2013 - 12:50 pm

      This was so good! Thanks for the recipe. And you’re right, I wanted to drink the sauce!!!ReplyCancel

    • LeAnn Bazar - 04/16/2013 - 3:40 pm

      Thanks a lot!!! When my hubbie said “Hey, why don’t you make some of those Italian Nachos from Johnny Carino’s for dinner?” I of course, said I didn’t know how. I explained that it’s not like I can just google it and find their recipe! Oops! Now I’m going to have to make them! Will let you know how they turn out.ReplyCancel