Nachos with lobster, cream and cheese

Lamplight Lounge Lobster Nachos Recipe

This is easily one of the most popular dishes at the Disneyland Resort. Found at Disney California Adventure’s Lamplight Lounge, this dish is a massive plate of yummy. And when we say massive, we mean this thing is huge! It can easily feed 6-8 people. 1 person should not attempt this!

The nachos have everything on them that you’d want: black beans, peppers, crema, tomatoes, cheese and of course huge servings of lobster. Everything you want from a nachos dish.

As you look over the below recipe you may start to freak out a little. It’s a pretty major recipe to undertake. If you want to “cheat” at it and save time, we recommend buying some of the required items instead of making them fresh. These would include the tortilla chips, pico de gallo and cheeses. We still think the dish turns out fantastic when doing this!

For the chips, grab a bag of your favorite restaurant-style tortilla chips. A finely diced pico de gallo will work great and any bag of shredded cheeses per the recipe. This should decrease your prep and cook time significantly.

These nachos are perfect to serve at a party of any kind including sport games, birthdays, or family get togethers.

Nachos with lobster, cream and cheese

Lamplight Lounge Lobster Nachos Recipe

Legendary Lobster Nachos at Lamplight Lounge in Disney California Adventure park.
4.50 from 12 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • Baking sheets
  • Cutting knives
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Cutting Board
  • Frying pan
  • Colander
  • Mixing bowl


Lobster Stock

  • 5 medium lobster tails
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 small celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, quartered
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 8 cups cold water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 bunch parsley, stems only
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes

Tortilla Chips

  • 3 cups canola oil
  • 48 6in corn tortillas
  • salt in shaker

Seasoned Black Beans

  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans
  • 1 small bunch of chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Pico De Gallo

  • 5 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 med red onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro tops, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 serrano red pepper, seeded, diced

Shredded Cheese

  • 1/2 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 pound Monterey cheese, shredded

Roasted Garlic

  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • canola oil to cover

Chipotle Crema

  • 1 1/2 tbsp chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 2 roasted garlic cloves
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 3 tbsp manufacturing cream
  • 1 pinch ground cumin
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Lobster Cheese Sauce

  • 3 poblano chilies, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp canola oil, divided
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 stick butter
  • 2 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups manufacturing cream
  • 1 cup reduced lobster stock
  • 4 ounces Oaxaca cheese, grated
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

Cooked Lobster

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 5 medium lobster tails (meat only)
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested (1 tablespoon juice and pinch of zest)


    Preheat oven to 350°F.Place lobster shells, carrot, celery, onion, and garlic on baking sheet with lip; coat with canola oil.Bake for 35 minutes until lightly browned. Carefully remove from oven and deglaze baking sheet with white wine. Add baking sheet ingredients with liquid to large stockpot. Add water, bay leaf, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Bring lobster stock to boil over medium-high heat, then lower to medium low heat. Let stock cook slowly until stock reduces by half, 60 to 80 minutes. Carefully strain stock, reserving 1 cup for lobster cheese sauce. Set aside. (May be made 2 days in advance, cover and refrigerate.)
    Preheat frying oil to 350°F.While oil is heating, cut tortillas into 6 pie-shaped pieces. Once oil is hot, add tortillas in small batches for 2 to 4 minutes (frying times will vary). Remove from fryer once chips are lightly browned, lightly season with salt. Continue until all tortillas are fried and salted.Set aside. (May be made 2 days in advance; store in sealed plastic bag.)
    Rinse beans in colander until water runs clear. Place beans in medium mixing bowl, mix in remaining ingredients until just combined.Set aside. (May be made 2 days in advance; cover and refrigerate.)
    Mix all ingredients except serrano pepper in medium bowl. Add 1/2 serrano pepper, mix and taste; add additional serrano pepper until desired spiciness. Set aside. (May be made 2 days in advance; cover and refrigerate.)
    Grate cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses in medium bowl and toss together. Set aside. (May be made 2 days in advance; cover and refrigerate.)
    Remove tips from garlic cloves. Add garlic to small pot and cover with canola oil.Gently poach garlic on medium-low heat until lightly browned and soft. Remove garlic and set aside for use in chipotle crema. (Save garlic oil in refrigerator for everyday 
    Purée chipotle and roasted garlic in food processor. Add purée and remaining ingredients to mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour crema in squeeze bottle or plastic zip bag. Refrigerate until ready to use. (May be made 2 days in advance; keep refrigerated.)
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat poblanos with 1/2 teaspoon canola oil, place on baking sheet; roast for 15 minutes. Lightly coat shallots and garlic with remaining 1/2 teaspoon canola oil, add to poblanos on baking 
sheet; roast for an additional 25 minutes until caramelized.Purée caramelized garlic, shallots, and poblanos in food processor until smooth. Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Add flour to make a roux, stirring constantly until smooth and light golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes.A dd cream and bring to boil, stirring constantly; continue to stir and cook for 10 minutes. Add reserved lobster stock and poblano purée; bring to simmer, stirring occasionally. Slowly add Oaxaca and cheddar cheeses. Stir constantly until all cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Set aside; hold warm.
    Ensure lobster meat is cleaned and veins removed.Chop lobster in large bite-size pieces.Heat butter in large sauté pan over medium heat.Add lobster pieces, salt, pepper, lime juice, and zest to pan.Once fully cooked (145F°), remove lobster pieces with a slotted spoon. Set aside; hold warm.
    Preheat broiler to 500°F. Spread chips on one large or 2 medium oven-safe plates. (Use a nice baking sheet if you do not have oven-safe plates.) Layer with black beans, lobster cheese sauce, and mixed cheddar/jack cheese, ensuring to cover all chips.Broil until cheese is melted, watching carefully, 2 to 4 minutes. Carefully remove plate/sheet, add pico de gallo; top with lobster.Drizzle chipotle crema and garnish with sliced serrano peppers (optional). Serve immediately.
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