Strips and Cheese

I’ve grown up surfing at Southern California’s beaches, and after a long morning navigating the waves, nothing tastes better than this OC local’s favorite — Dwight’s Strips and Cheese — in Huntington Beach, California.

These are basically cold nachos with taco sauce. They are a favorite surfer snack here in Southern California, and I must admit, they’re pretty tasty. They sort of remind me of the cheese quesadilla from Napoleon Dynamite.

Dwight’s famous cheese strips were invented in the 1950s by Dwight Clapp, who was looking for a sauce that was both sweet and savory. He originally just served the tortilla chips with the sauce, but later added grated cheddar cheese and chili as an optional topping

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If you find yourself in Orange County, be sure to stop by the snack stand and give them a try in person. But if you aren’t able to make it, we have the recipe below!

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Dwight’s Strips and Cheese

Recipe by Jason Hill –
This recipe for Dwight's Strips and Cheese is a famous snack in Huntington Beach. The dish is quite unusual because the cheese is not melted like most nachos. You can sample them in person at Dwight's snack stand next to the Huntington Beach pier.
4.19 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6


  • 28 oz canned tomato puree
  • 2 1/2 tb white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Frank's red hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Kosher salt to taste


  • Puree the hot sauce ingredients together.
  • Serve with tortilla chips topped with shredded cheddar cheese.
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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