These Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos are an easy and delicious game day snack recipe! They are so simple to put together and bake up in the oven with tortilla chips, leftover taco meat, plenty of cheese and all sorts of other great toppings! You’ve got to try these!
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So T is waving now and it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever. Interestingly she won’t wave for me. Just everyone else. Thanks, Kid. Let’s not forget who your primary food source is!
Once in a while we actually remember to bring home all the items in my girls “mail boxes” at daycare, often as a result of their teacher’s graciously bagging it all up for us (I’m glad they’re on top of this because we sure aren’t!).
Most of it is cute art projects my girls make while they’re at daycare and once in a while, there’s a form indicating different things that T starts to do and when she does them. This is standard for the infant room at our center, A got them as well.
Now I don’t put much stock into milestones. While it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye on things that are way past the time period they’re “supposed to” occur within, I think every kid is different and I tend not to freak out if my kids do things a little later than other kids (or earlier- let’s not pretend that my kid is on the fast track to Yale just because she rolled over early).
We received T’s form for an earlier age (I want to say 6 months but I don’t remember for sure) and the one box that wasn’t checked off was waving. While this didn’t bother me from a developmental standpoint, I was dying for her to wave because it’s just so darn cute when babies wave at you with their sweet little hands and single-toothed grins (or in T’s case there are two little teeth involved).
So although T would mimic giving kisses and even give me high fives, I’ve been more vocal about encouraging her to wave at us. And after a few months of her totally ignoring me (“I do what I want!”) she was recently doing Facetime with my parents and she suddenly busted out with the sweetest little wave and two-toothed grin I’ve ever seen!
Since then I’ve seen her wave a handful of times at others but still not at me! 🙁 I will say my favorite was one morning when A was already awake and snuggling with me in our bed. J went and got T and as he was carrying her into our bedroom, A said “Hi Tessa!” and T got a huge smile on her face and immediately started waving at her sister. And my heart immediately melted.
This doesn’t really tie into my recipe, but lately I’ve been enjoying the idea of sharing personal tales of our everyday life within my recipe posts. I’ve noticed that a lot of my most positive responses (in terms of the writing on this site) have been when I’ve shared tidbits about our life and even when I was vulnerable and open about the more difficult things to discuss.
Bottom line, I want to share our story with you guys in addition to delicious recipes. If you’re not interested in reading about that, I totally understand and will not be offended if you scroll past it and go right to the recipe!
On to these Nachos! I really feel like nachos are the perfect snack food. Crispy, salty chips with melty cheese and all sorts of excellent toppings. I mean, what’s not to love?!
When I make this insanely-amazing-and-stupid-easy taco meat, I often have leftovers because it makes a pretty good amount. This is something I’m generally not even a little bit sad about because taco leftovers are never a bad thing. But I’m also not above looking for new and interesting ways to use these leftovers.
And being that there’s a certain big game coming up this weekend, it only seems right to share my new favorite way of using these leftovers so that you can
hoard a giant pan to yourself in the corner of the couch while only coming up for air to watch the commercials share them with your friends and family.
I strongly encourage you to get creative with your toppings. I went with what I had hanging out in my fridge and pantry. In fact, I even opened a can of sliced black olives and totally forgot to throw them on top of the nachos before getting my photos because I was so excited to get those photos done and dig in!
You can easily make as much or as little as you want and they cook up pretty quickly. Make them for you or make them for a crowd- but don’t plan on having leftovers because these will go quick 🙂
These Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos would taste great served with:
These Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos are an easy and delicious game day snack recipe! They are so simple to put together and bake up in the oven with tortilla chips, leftover taco meat, plenty of cheese and all sorts of other great toppings! You've got to try these!
5 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- Tortilla chips
- Chicken taco meat ( this is my favorite recipe)
- Cheddar cheese
- Diced tomatoes
- Black beans (drained and rinsed)
- Sliced jalapeno peppers
- Sour Cream
- Sliced black olives
- Diced scallions
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line you pan with foil for easy clean up.
- Spread your tortilla chips onto your pan in a single layer.
- Top generously with cheese, chicken and black beans. If your chicken is cold, you may want to warm it slightly- it doesn't have to be piping hot, but this will make sure that it is piping hot when your nachos are ready.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese is well melted.
- Top this will all of your cold ingredients and dig in!
You can vary this to accommodate as many or as few people as you want. Make sure you adjust your cook time accordingly. The listed cook time is for one large sheet pan of nachos (a normal size sheet pan, not commercial). Feel free to add whatever ingredients sound delicious!
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