As you can probably tell, I enjoy cooking! I discovered this recipe from MenufortheWeek.com, a site that has complete menus, shopping lists and recipes for a subscription price. This was in their sample menu and we enjoy this one when I have a bag of leftover tortilla chips (you know, when you have a party and you get the Costco size for it?). The original recipe called for black beans, which my kids didn't care for as much, so we substituted refried beans, which was more to our liking. The original also called for garlic and green onions sauteed, mixed into the chicken mixture. If I'm in a rush, I just cut that part out. =) If you like the flavor and have the time, you may want to add it. When I notice salsa or shredded Mexican cheese on sale, I stock up for this recipe. Of course, if you make your own salsa, then all the better! Guacamole and sour cream are a great added touch. Chicken Nachos
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
optional: 6 green onions, white parts only (chopped), 2 cloves garlic (minced), 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil---saute green onion and garlic in oil.
2 cups salsa
1/2 bag tortilla chips (4-5 cups of a Costco size bag?)
2 cups Mexican-blend cheese
1 can refried beans (or you can drain and rinse 1 can black beans if you prefer)
Sour cream and guacamole, if desired
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook 2 chicken breasts and shred. (Whenever I'm cooking chicken breasts for another meal, I just cook a couple extra for this dish at the same time.) Older kids can learn how to shred chicken for this dish.
If desired, saute green onions and garlic in oil.
Mix chicken and salsa (add to green onions and garlic if you have it). Stir well. If you've got little ones, this is a great job for them!
Arrange tortilla chips on a large baking sheet. I use a baking stone so it keeps the nachos warm. Spoon refried beans (or black beans) on top of chips. Spoon chicken mixture on top of beans. Top with cheese. Kids can help with this too---try to help them distribute ingredients evenly on the top. The cheese can get a little messy, so you may wish to spread a ring of cheese around the edge and let them "fill in" the center.
Bake for 10 minutes.
For a fancy presentation, garnish top with the green onion tops if you wish. Serve with sour cream and guacamole if desired.
Did you know that you can print a printer-friendly version of this (or any) post by clicking on the "Print Friendly" icon below this post? It's a little button with a green printer on it! I just realized that would save me from having to load up a pdf separately! You can print with or without the picture. =) But if you want just the recipe and not the intro paragraph that comes with it, here it is: Chicken Nachos