How to Make Nachos in Japan


I love sushi and I’ve been introduced to some delicious Japanese foods, but sometimes I just want some food from America.

Luckily, so does my girlfriend and she loves to cook. She searches food blogs and has creatively constructed 10-15 meals that taste like I flew back to Chicago and am eating at my mom’s kitchen.

Today, I’ll show you how to make her American/Mexican nachos in Japan.

Included in the post will be the ingredients we’ve found at stores in rural Japan, the cost of the nachos to serve two, and pictures of the process. I’ll also provide some alternative methods in case you can’t find an ingredient at your local grocery store.

We quickly learned that Japanese liquor stores are the place to go for international food. They already import beer, liquor, and wine from abroad and most stores usually import some foods as well. Even though we live in a very small town, we still lucked out with having a great international food liquor store nearby.

So here’s the ingredients for Corinne’s Nachos:

- Ground beef: Found at the local Big Mart grocery store.

We wait for a sale on the ground beef and pick it up for 100 yen per 100 g (normally, 118 yen for 100g). Combined we eat 250 g.

Total cost = 250 yen ($2.69)


- Tortilla chips: Found at the liquor store.

We use 3/4 of a 200 yen 200g bag

Total cost = 150 yen ($1.61)


- Salsa: Found at the liquor store.

An entire jar costs 398 yen, and since we love salsa we use 1/3

Total cost = 130 yen ($1.40)


- Guacamole: Found at the liquor store.

A jar costs 398 and we only use 1/10 of the bottle

Total cost = 40 yen ($.43)


- Kraft cheddar cheese: Found at the local supermarket, Genky.

It comes in mini slices. A box is 20 slices and costs 225 yen. 4 slices is used for a batch of nachos.

Total cost = 45 yen ($.48)


- Onion: Found at the local grocery store.

One onion costs 50 yen and we use 1/3 for the nachos.

Total cost = 15 yen ($.16)


- Seasoning: Found at local grocery store.

We use a small amount of chili pepper, salt, and pepper.

Total cost = 20 yen ($.21)

Total cost of the nachos to serve two = 650 yen ($6.99)

Now, I realize we’re lucky to have these ingredients available to us but here are some alternatives Corinne found.

Tortilla chip alternative: Rockin’ Robbin’s Cooking Mexican Recipes provides all the ingredients for a full recipe and it costs less than 200 yen.

According to Corinne: “To make chips, follow tortilla recipe and once the tortillas are done, coat in veggie oil and salt, cut into pieces (chips) and bake in oven for about 2 minutes or until slightly browned.”

Salsa alternative: Chop up tomatoes, onions, and peppers and mix up with spices (salt, pepper, chili)  and a bit of oil.

Guacamole alternative: The local grocery store sells avocados. One avocado serves 2 people and is 100 yen. To make, smash up and add salsa, salt, and chili powder.

There you have it! Enjoy your American nachos in Japan!

Would you like to see more posts about how we make American food in Japan? Let me know what you thought of this post and what you’d like to see in future food posts. Thanks!


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