Party food in a flash! Chicken Nachos (recipe below) are quick and easy to assemble with rotisserie chicken, black beans, grilled peppers, homemade pickled jalapeños (recipe below!), cheddar and more. Seriously good stuff!
Recipe updated & republished 2015 for a little Cinco de Mayo cooking inspiration! Would you mind, please, ignoring all the Superbowl references that made sense when this recipe was first published in 2008? Chicken Nachos are great year-round but would be a simple choice for a weeknight Cinco de Mayo, that's next Tuesday!
Forget politics. The Super Bowl is America’s Grand Old Party and the XLII-th contest happens February 3.
St. Louisans, we may miss the Kurt Warner glory years, but look on the bright side. The Rams’ 3 – 13 season lets us point our remote controls to the Big Game’s best plays: the television commercials, the half-time show and the party food. Go team!
Hosting a football party? Taking food along to someone else's party? Look for lots of ideas in this collection of recipes, Football Fever!. For more cold-weather parties, check out this collection, Chillin: Chili, Chowder with a Side of Cornbread. For Cinco de Mayo or Mexican-themed gatherings, you'll find more recipes ideas with Mexican recipes.
QUICK SUPPER: CHICKEN NACHOS
Time to table: 45 minutes
Serves 8 as an appetizer, 4 as entrée
PEPPERS & BEANS
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 bell peppers (see TIPS), sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 15 ounces canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 pound cooked chicken (see TIPS), shredded
- Zest and juice of a lime
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 3 chopped green onions (don’t skip)
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 cups (8 ounces) grated cheese (see TIPS)
- Pickled Jalapeño Rings (see recipe on left)
- 4 ounces tortilla chips
- 1/2 cup sour cream (see TIPS)
Heat oven to 450F/230C.
PEPPERS & BEANS In a skillet, heat the oil until shimmery. Add the peppers, garlic and spices; cook, stirring often, til just cooked but still colorful. Stir in the beans; warm through.
CHICKEN Meanwhile, toss the chicken, lime zest and juice, salt and pepper in a bowl.
ASSEMBLE Set up an assembly line with the Peppers & Beans, the Chicken and small bowls of the 4 Nacho Toppings. In a single oven-safe dish, leaving room to arrange along tortilla chips around the perimeter, layer about half the Peppers & Beans, half the Chicken, and half of each toppings. Repeat the six layers, then arrange the chips around the edge.
BAKE Bake until the cheese melts, about 10 – 15 minutes or until mixture is hot and bubbly.
SERVE Serve with sour cream and salsa on the side. Dig in!
[NOT including tortilla chips, sour cream and salsa]
per appetizer/entrée serving: 217/435 Calories; 12/24g Tot Fat; 7/13g Sat Fat; 51/102mg Cholesterol; 283/567mg Sodium; 9/19g Carb; 3/7g Fiber; 3/5g Sugar; 17/34g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS WW Old Points 5/10 & WW Points Plus 5/11.
[INCLUDING 4 ounces tortilla chips, assumes Tostitos Bite Size, 8 tablespoons sour cream and 8 tablespoons salsa]
per appetizer/entrée serving: 319/638 Calories; 18/36g Tot Fat; 9/17g Sat Fat; 56/112mg Cholesterol; 430/861mg Sodium; 20/40g Carb; 4/8g Fiber; 3/6g Sugar; 19/37g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS WW Old Points 7/14 & WW Points Plus 8/16.
Pickled Jalapeño Rings
I've seen people buy huge jars of jalapeno rings. Instead, make your own, just a few pantry ingredients and no canning required. Very handy to have on hand! Recipe above, see Pickled Jalapeño Rings.
More "Mexican" Recipes
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Save the chicken carcass to make No-Big-Deal Homemade Chicken Stock!
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