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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
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
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Cook time: 
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Makes: 4 servings
 
Feel free to adjust the quantities however you prefer and to use ground beef instead of chicken
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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
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Recipe type: Ingredients
Cuisine: Mexican
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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.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
Instructions
  1. Mix together and use with ¼ - ½ cup of water for 1-2 pounds of meat.

 

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