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Chicken Nachos

ChickenNachosWhat is *not* to love about nachos?  I mean, really.  You get creamy, spicy, cool, warm, and crunchy in just about every bite.  I don’t typically layer mine on the chips themselves since that always seems to make them soggy so I prefer to scoop mine.  I’m sure purists out there will say these are not actually nachos because of this but I’m fine with that.

Notice how I built up to these this week with the salsa and “refried” beans?  I’m pretty sneaky like that. 🙂

chickennachoscloseI love that these nachos make you feel like you are eating junk food but they’re really not that bad for you.  You could also eat this as a taco salad if you can resist the call of the tortilla chips.

Chicken Nachos
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
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Makes: 4 servings
Feel free to adjust the quantities however you prefer and to use ground beef instead of chicken
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into ½" pieces
  • 1 recipe taco seasoning, below
  • 4 c refried beans, heated
  • 8 oz shredded Cheddar
  • ¼ c water
  • 10 oz bag shredded lettuce
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 2 c salsa
  • 8 oz carton sour cream
  • Optional: sliced olives, chopped onion
  • Tortilla chips
  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over med-high heat. Cook the chicken, stirring frequently, until white but not completely cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the taco seasoning and water and stir to combine. Cook about 5 minutes until most of the water evaporates.
  3. Meanwhile, split the refried beans between 4 plates and spread evenly.
  4. Sprinkle a little of the cheese over each.
  5. Top each plate with ¼ of the chicken and sprinkle with a bit more cheese.
  6. Top with lettuce, salsa, sour cream and the optional olives or onion.
  7. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and serve with tortilla chips.

Taco Seasoning
Recipe type: Ingredients
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
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Makes: ¼ cup
Mix together as a replacement for 1 packet of premade taco seasoning. This is adapted slightly from an Alton Brown mix.
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  1. Mix together and use with ¼ - ½ cup of water for 1-2 pounds of meat.



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