Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos Basketball Party

by Alli

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Welcome to my Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos Basketball Party! We’ll call it an Alley-oop party for short.

Have you got your jersey on? Your brackets filled out? Your appetite? Did your team make it to the playoffs? I don’t think mine will go far this year, but it’s OK. I love the game of basketball and I’m going to show you how to throw the best basketball viewing party ever.

Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos Basketball Party

We Love Basketball!

Before we go forward, let’s take a few steps back. I’ve been in love with the game of basketball ever since I was a toddler, trying to play H-O-R-S-E with my dad. Sometimes it was shortened to C-A-T. Either way, I was in love with the swoosh of that ball as it went through the net.

Loaded Sour Cream and Onion Nachos - Basketball Party

Fast forward to middle school and my friends and I were in basketball heaven, except for all the laps we had to run at practice. I don’t want to date myself, but our uniforms were hand-me-downs from the high school team and our shorts were satin. That’s back when we wore short shorts.

Later on, when I made the varsity in 9th grade, all of a sudden I was all shy and self-conscious. I think those thick polyester shorts had something to do with it. I thought those satin shorts were bad, but they were nothing compared to these babies.

Plus, all of a sudden, I was the low man on the totem pole. I went from being a starter to being – well, not a starter. The stands went from being half full to running over. When our coach would look down the bench for a second stringer to put in, I would lean back and try to hide. Oh, well, that about sums up my basketball career – or lack thereof.

Let the Party Begin

None the less, my love of basketball lives on and I’ve been making pompoms, a replica of a basketball court and the best Sour Cream & Onion Loaded Nachos you’ll ever taste. Hint: They’re made with Sour Cream & Onion Pringles instead of tortilla chips and they’re delicious.

Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos

Let’s do this thing! Y’all know how much I love a good party.

Basketball Court - Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos

Party Decor

DIY Basketball Court

Keep in mind that my decor has to be frugal, fun and simple. The first decision I made was to make a replica of a basketball court. I found some popsicle sticks and put my husband to work. I’m a great supervisor.

Sour Cream & Onion Loaded Nachos - How to Make a Basketball Court

I used a rectangle box (free!) and hubby cut and glued the popsicle sticks to make the “hardwood” court. It was actually quick and easy. I know this because I was watching.

After painting on the court stripes with a marker, our basketball court was complete. A few spice organizers (very cheap) serve as the stands and they will be used in my spice cabinets once the party is over. The little basketball goals were not made by hand. I’m not that good! I found them online and they were less than five bucks each. The kids had a blast shooting hoops with the little balls that came with the goals.

Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos - Baskeball Court

Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos - Basketball Court

DIY Ref Inspired Tablecloth

Since the refs (love um or hate um) aren’t given much respect, I decided to give them a nod with a black and white striped tablecloth. I don’t happen to own a black and white tablecloth, but I do have a black one, so I used wide white ribbon and narrow black/white ribbon to create an illusion of black and white stripes. I just pinned it on and was good to go.

Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos - Basketball Viewing Party

DIY PomPoms

An Alley-oop basketball party wouldn’t be complete without pompoms. My husband was relieved when I didn’t ask him to help make them. He just didn’t know how easy they are to make.

Sour-Cream-and-Onion-Loaded-Nachos - How to Make PomPoms

How to Make a Basketball Garland - Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos

DIY Basketball Towers

Finally, I added basketball towers to anchor my centerpiece. I wrapped Pringles cans with a huge basketball print and loved how they turned out. Yes, I’ve included it here for you. Click this link: Basketball PatternBasketball Pattern - Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos

Pringles Can Wraps

Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos

In my opinion, food is the most important part of a basketball viewing party.  Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos are the main attraction. So, a trip to Target to stock up on Pringles and other party foods was quickly scheduled after I completed my menu.

Helpful Hint: Pringles Super Stacks are 3 for $4 the 3rd week of February – the 1st week of April! Look for the Cheez-It deal in the digital circular this week when you check out other Kellogg’s products. You can usually find these products in the Signal the Seasons Savor Spot section or near the Check Lane.

Pringles - Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos

Nachos are a must-have at my house when watching basketball. They’re delicious and easy to make. One of my guests said, “I’ve never had loaded nachos with Pringles and I like them better than the regular kind.” Score one for Alli and my Alley-oop Party!

Pringles - Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos

Along with the nachos, I included chicken nuggets, Pringles and guacamole, popcorn, fruit and cupcakes. 

Let’s Make Nachos

To make the nachos, sauté onions in olive oil, add the ground chuck and stir until browned. Drain and add the spices. Then add the beans and 1/2 cup water. Simmer on low for 10 minutes.

Steps to Making Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos

Layer Sour Cream and Onion Pringles on a platter. Add 1/3 of meat mixture, diced tomatoes, diced onions, shredded cheese, and jalapeños. Repeat the layers twice more. Top the nachos with diced avocado and chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos

Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos

Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos Basketball Party


  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can beans (pinto, kidney or ranch style)
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican Cheese
  • 1/2 cup jalapeño slices, drained (from a jar)
  • 3 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Sour Cream and Onion Pringles
  • Cilantro leaves and salsa to garnish


  1. In a skillet on medium high heat, heat oil and sauté 1/2 of the diced onions for a minute or two. Add ground beef.
  2. Brown ground beef and onion mixture, stirring occasionally. Drain.
  3. Add spices and 1/2 cup water. Stir in beans.
  4. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. On a platter, layer Pringles, 1/3 of the meat and bean mixture, cheese, tomatoes and onions. Repeat 2 more times.
  6. Top with cilantro leaves, avocado and serve with salsa.

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Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos

Free Printable Water Bottle Labels

Even the water bottles got dressed up for my basketball viewing party! I took off the bottle labels and added my own. Here’s a free printable: Basketball-Bottle-Wrap

Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos - How to Dress up Water Bottles

Cupcakes are always invited to my party! They received a little basketball bling, too. It’s a basketball ring and they go home with the kids after the party is over.


Here’s a view from the stands.

The Fans at the Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos Basketball Party

I can’t throw an Alley-oop party without Pringles and Guac! I love the fact that Pringles can be served alone and incorporated in my Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos.

Pringles and Guac - Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos

Alley-oop - Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos

The Fun

I always like to have a little game or two to play at halftime. Do you know your basketball terminology? I created a Basketball Match Game and the answers, too. If you’re a baller, most of them are easy, but it’s always fun to watch guests trying to figure them out. Click on the links below to get the free printables. Be sure and have a prize on hand to give to the winner.

Basketball-Match-Game-Free-Printable                                               AnswersBasketball Match Game Free Printable - Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos
Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos - Answer Key for Basketball Match Game

If you’re hosting an Alley-oop party or just gathering the family around the TV to watch your favorite college basketball team, do serve Pringles Sour Cream and Onion Loaded Nachos. Don’t forget to download the free printables.

Are you a college basketball fan?


Kita March 16, 2016 - 5:50 am

OMG this party looks fabulous. With so many new life changes, I think this will be really special to surprise my son with.

Heather @ Kraus House Mom March 16, 2016 - 10:12 am

First of all, you had me at sour cream and onion. Second, half my family went to Providence College and they are season ticket holders. We at absolutely rooting for the Friars to win.

Alicia March 16, 2016 - 10:59 am

Omgosh this looks delicious! I am not much into sports but enjoy basketball!

Jenn @ EngineerMommy March 16, 2016 - 12:51 pm

We love watching college basketball games. Loaded nachos is one of my fave snacks, so I can’t wait to try your version. And your little basketball court is so cute- I love it!

Travel Blogger March 16, 2016 - 1:07 pm

That basket ball court is just darling! What a fun idea! And the nachos look awesome. We will have to make some to snack on during the games.

Zan March 16, 2016 - 1:58 pm

You always come up with some great party ideas. I love how creative you got with the basketball coat. And yea, for husbands who help. The pom poms look so easy to make, too.
I’ll have to try that nacho with these Pringles! It looks delish and is not helping that I ate a PB sandwich for lunch.

dawn March 16, 2016 - 3:34 pm

omggg that looks so much. i am at work working on this thread starving and my mouth is literally watering. lol

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai March 16, 2016 - 7:17 pm

LOVE it! I want to come to your Alley-oop Party! Those nachos look delicious, and that pom-pom banner is adorable. Isn’t it nice to have someone to help you with the “wood cutting” stuffs? Luke is great that way too. 🙂

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tiaras and tantrums March 16, 2016 - 11:06 pm

Adore all your creative ideas for this event! Looks like you will have a great time! we make pom poms for all our parties too! Super easy!

Franc Ramon March 16, 2016 - 11:38 pm

I love the basketball court centerpiece. This would really be a great themed snack meal for an intense game of basketball.

ricci March 17, 2016 - 1:40 am

These nachos look amaze!! I’m not really into basketball but I am definitely down for nachos any day!! HA!!

Maureen March 17, 2016 - 11:34 am

I’ve always love Pringles but never thought of making a nachos until I read your post! Such a brilliant idea! Will defe have to try this very soon

Carrie @huppiemama March 17, 2016 - 3:08 pm

This party looks awesome! I like how you covered the Pringles cans and those nachos look delicious. Thanks for sharing your ideas. #client

Mar March 17, 2016 - 8:32 pm

The pringle can is genius! All of this is adorable 🙂

Adrienne March 17, 2016 - 8:39 pm

I can’t handle those nachos right now – they look way too yummy!! I just ate dinner, but now I want to consume more food! hehe

Chris Hoov March 17, 2016 - 8:52 pm

I’m sure my two boys would love the Pringles idea! I also love it, it is fun.

Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green March 18, 2016 - 7:19 am

This is so freaking cute. Nachos are a hit in my home and we have them often. I like this little spin on things. My eleven year old has done his brackets and he is so serious about them.

Michelle March 18, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Hold on, pringles as nacho chips?! I would have never thought, but they look delicious. These are my kind of nachos, pile on the toppings.

Jasmine Watts March 19, 2016 - 2:18 am

Yumm…These nachos look so good and I would love to try these! Thanks for sharing!!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen March 20, 2016 - 6:58 am

What a cool presentation for the loaded nachos!!!! And the Sour cream and onion loaded nachos look so good!

Alyssa C March 23, 2016 - 10:44 am

I’m not a fan of basketball but those loaded nachos look delicious and would be perfect for anytime! I definitely plan on making them soon. Thank you for sharing and making my drool

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