We’ve seen an onslaught of innovative MLB snacks this year: The Diamondbacks will offer a 1,117-calorie, doughnut-wrapped “Churro Dog,” and minor league affiliate of the Royals, The Wilmington Blue Rocks, will serve a Krispy Kreme doughnut hot dog at the team’s stadium.
And now, The Milwaukee Brewers plan to offer deep-fried nachos on a stick at Miller Park when the season starts next Monday, April 6.
Dubbed “The Inside the Park Nachos,” the snack consists of seasoned ground beef on a stick, which is then rolled in Doritos, deep fried, drizzled with sour cream and cheese, and served with a side of pico de gallo salsa.
Jamie Hodgson, general manager of Miller Park hospitality for concessionaire Delaware North, tells First We Feast, “It’s everything you’d have in regular nachos—it’s just easy to eat and clean. You can hold the nachos on a stick in one hand, and have a beer in the other.”
Hodgson says he came up with the idea last year while at a basketball game with his son. The father-and-son team noticed that they didn’t have enough chips to scoop up the toppings, and thought: “What if the nacho toppings and chips all came together as one?”
We can’t figure out how this is the first time a MLB concessionaire has brought nachos on a stick to the masses; it seems like an obvious win. We also can’t comprehend if Doritos + beans + beef + cheese + sour cream = nachos, but we’ll leave that for you to decide. All we’re sure of is: MLB snack innovations are making state fair foods look dull.
“I don’t see the [deep-fried, over-the-top stadium food] trend stopping anytime soon,” Hodgson tells First We Feast. “I think fans will always want ballpark classics—things like brats, beer, and popcorn. But fans are also looking for unique items; they’re looking for something different. I ask myself: What can I create to keep fans engaged and enhance the experience of the game? That’s our job as concessionaires.”
The Brewers aren’t stopping at deep-fried nachos on a stick, either. Miller Park will also be offering the “Down Wisconsin Avenue Brat”—a $20, 18-inch bratwurst covered with gravy, French fries, cheese curds, cheese sauce, fried sauerkraut, jalapeños, sour cream, and chives.
The third innovative ballpark food from Miller Park are Bratchos, “a take on the meat-based nachos that were popularized recently by the Green Bay Packers,” according to ESPN.
The Bratchos feature four types of sausage from Klements—chorizo, Italian, Polish, and bratwurst—cut up and served on top of Kettle Chips, sour cream, fried jalapeños, and sauerkraut. Get ready, Brewers fans, because this season is going to be epic.