Chicken Nachos
with Homemade Pickled Jalapeño Rings

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!

Chicken Nachos ♥, quick 'n' easy high-protein nachos. WW8.

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.

GAME-DAY PRETZELS (photo below) Warm 6 ounces of popcorn oil, then stir in a packet of Ranch dressing mix, 2 teaspoons of dill weed and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. With your hands, work the spice mixture into 2 pounds of small pretzels (shapes work better than pretzel sticks). Place on two sheet pans to dry on the counter overnight. Best made 24 hours before serving. The recipe is easily halved for less volume or doubled for great food gifts.
PICKLED JALAPEÑO RINGS (photo below) These homemade refrigerator pickles keep in the fridge for months. Just pack a clean glass jar with thin slices of fresh jalapeño rings, then slip in thin carrot slices and a bay leaf. Bring 1:1 volumes of water:vinegar to a boil, add half a teaspoon salt per cup of liquid. Fill the jar, let it cool, add a lid, then refrigerate for a week before serving. Delicious! Keeps forever.
ALANNA's TIPS For a flash of color, use one green and one red pepper. One breast from a rotisserie chicken works beautifully, so does leftover roast turkey or chicken. A Mexican cheese blend adds bite. If you like, stir chopped cilantro and minced pickled jalapeño rings into the sour cream. For portion control management, I like to serve Chicken Nachos in small individual oven-safe dishes such as these mini cast iron servers.
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Party food in a flash
Hands-on time: 30 minutes
Time to table: 45 minutes
Serves 8 as an appetizer, 4 as entrée
  • 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)
  • Salsa

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.

Game-Day Pretzels

Game-Day Pretzels ~ a great party snack, just pretzels mixed with popcorn oil, Ranch dressing, spices ~

So easy to make! Recipe above, see Game-Day Pretzels.

Pickled Jalapeño Rings

Pickled Jalapeño Rings ~ easy homemade refrigerator pickles, no canning required ~

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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Mexican Pizza (Oaxaca Tlayuda) Pork & Poblano Skillet with Creamy Slow-Cooker Beans Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
Quinoa & Black Bean Salad Mexican Fruit Salad Mexican Mango Trifle
~ more Mexican recipes ~

Rotisserie Chicken Makes for Easy Preparation

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Asian Chicken Salad Chicken Veggie Quesadillas Chickpea & Chicken Salad

Save the chicken carcass to make No-Big-Deal Homemade Chicken Stock!

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  1. Anonymous1/25/2008

    So you don't actually have to 'can' the jalapenos? They just stay in the refrig? PS Wow, lots of calories in nachos.

  2. Ali ~ Right, that's what refrigerator pickles are, ones that stay good just by being left in the refrigerator. Some last a couple of weeks, these have been in my fridge for over a year and are still good. PS No kidding. You can reduce the calories by leaving out the chips but they're a definite indulgence. I suspect lots of people don't know, I sure didn't.

  3. In re Game Day Pretzels - doesn't that knock all the salt off? Sounds good though. BTW - Kurt started out in Des Moines as the arena bowl star. When he left arena football just died. Damn! The commercials are the only thing worth watching now. Great recipes Alanna - thanks!

  4. Sally ~ If the salt came off, I didn't notice, perhaps because IF it did, like most packaged mixes, the Hidden Vally dressing mix has lots of sodium.

    I REMEMBER that about Kurt Warner, here they talked about the 'former Hy-Vee bagger'. Those were fun years!


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