Game Day Chicken Nachos with Avocado

by heidi on February 1, 2013

Chicken Nachos with Avocado || FoodieCrush

Back in high school I considered myself a pretty good cook. Or at least better than most of my friends who subsisted on string cheese and instant cup o’ noodles. I’ve never been one who was too lazy to cook when I’m hungry and if the pangs struck I would come up with some pretty satiating recipes. And anything with melted cheese was my favorite snack of all. Slices of cheese, tomato soup and of course tortilla chips.

Chicken Nachos with Avocado || FoodieCrush

In our house my dad was the nacho maker, and I’ll share that recipe and his tenacity with you sometime soon, but today I have another nacho recipe for you, something hearty and spicy and cheesy.

Chicken Nachos with Avocado || FoodieCrush

Because dad made nachos for weeknight dinners when mom was busy or just didn’t feel like cooking, he taught me that nachos are incredibly easy to prepare and are far heartier than to only be deemed as an average appetizer. These babies can become the main meal.

Welcome Chicken Nachos.

Chicken Nachos with Avocado || FoodieCrush

If we go out for beers with friends, most often to watch football (here’s why I’m cheering for the Niners!!), I usually crave a little spice to accompany my favorite hefeweizen, and nachos are what fit the bill. And the drill as I like to remember goes like this: Pick out the cheesiest chip—my special talent—then layer puckery pickled jalapeño, a scoop of salsa, chunks of avocado or guacamole and then washing it down with a really cold swig ‘o suds. Oh man, my mouth is watering just dreaming about it.


In reality, those nachos were usually about as far from hearty as a brew pub knew how to get, with somewhat dried out refried beans and semi-melted cheese on chips that spent just a minute too long under the broiler. Those poor were the guys that were always the last to be picked in the nacho eating game.

Learning from the brew pubs mistakes, and remembering the taste of my dad’s melty cheese nachos, gave me the inspiration to add a tasty enchilada sauce laced protein—in this recipe I’m declaring it to be chicken and kick these nachos straight to the dinner table in about the same amount of time it takes to say, “¡Buen apetito!”

Chicken Nachos with Avocado || FoodieCrush

Protein filled veggies keep the filling theme going with black beans and Avocados from Mexico taking center stage in their creamy union with the melty, gooey cheese that cements each little nugget of olive, beans, salsa and chicken to one another like 10th grade BFFs clinging to one another on the first day of high school. Yep, I remember that day too.

And now all these years later, I’m still happy to greet my family’s hungry stomachs with my chicken nachos and my favorite melty cheese.

Game Day Chicken Nachos with Avocado

Serving Size: serves 2-4

Game Day Chicken Nachos with Avocado


1 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small white onion, chopped
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1 cup canned mild enchilada sauce
½ bag white tortilla chips
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
10 ounces Mexican mix shredded cheese
4 ounces cotija cheese
1 4-ounce can sliced black olives
¼ cup green onion, chopped
Salsa for dipping
Pickled jalapeno for garnish
Sour cream or Mexican crema for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Bring a medium skillet to medium-high heat and add vegetable oil, then onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes
  3. or until onion is translucent. Add chicken and enchilada sauce and cook for 5 minutes or until warmed
  4. through.
  5. On a baking sheet lined oven save platter, layer one-third of the tortilla chips and top with one third the black beans, chicken mixture and shredded cheese. Repeat two more times.
  6. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and chips are lightly browned along the edges. Remove from oven and top with avocado, cotija cheese, olives, black olives, green onion and pickled jalapeno. Drizzle with sour cream and serve immediately with salsa on the side.

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Don’t forget to enter the Avocado from Mexico Game Day Sweepstakes on Muy Bueno Cookbook and Fritos & Foie Gras until 11:59 PM, February 3, 2013 and you just might win an iPad 2 and other great prizes. 

The winner of the FoodieCrush Game Day Sweepstakes prize package will be announced on this post within 24 hours after the game on Super Bowl Sunday. Good luck, and go Niners!

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Love avocados with chicken! My Hubs will love these nachos!


Lisa@CreoleContessa February 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm

My all time favorite food to eat and make, especially on a busy night. It looks yummy!


Sarah | The Cyclist's Wife February 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I love the addition of enchilada sauce, these look really good! Your photos are beautiful too, thanks for the inspiration. :) Enjoy the Superbowl!


heidi February 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Sarah, thanks for the comment. The enchilada sauce certainly gives them a little kick, and juices them up too. I was home alone when I shot this and I ate almost the entire plate once I was done. So good.


Karly February 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm

These look SO good! I love your photos!


heidi February 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Thanks so much Karly, it’s an ever evolving process.


Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm

These look mouthwatering, Heidi!


Sharla February 2, 2013 at 4:10 am

I’ve always been a hue fan of nachos for dinner and love to switch up toppings. These look sooo good! Thanks for sharing.


Michelle February 2, 2013 at 8:29 am

These look delicious – think I will have to make them!


K-Fo February 2, 2013 at 9:33 am

And the heavens opened up . . . these are calling my name!!


Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen February 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Love this and the addition of the enchilada sauce is nothing short of brilliant!


Kevin (Closet Cooking) February 3, 2013 at 6:13 am

Now those are some fully loaded and tasty looking nachos!


heidi February 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Coming from the king of loaded nachos, thank you!


OTEADOR DE LOS MERCADOS February 3, 2013 at 10:37 am

A delicious recipe to taste a good avocado.


Bev @ Bev Cooks February 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm

This is the most fun my eyeballs have ever had.


Lisa@CreoleContessa February 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Update: I made these yesterday they were DELISH! I was not planning on making Nachos but my husband said he could not focus on the game without Nachos, LOL. I used smoked chicken instead of roasted because that is what I had cooked, but I followed the recipe exactly. So yummy, thank you for posting.


heidi February 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I’m so glad you liked them, I made them again for the Superbowl too and I think they may have made the lights in the stadium go out.


The Healthy Apple February 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Love this Heidi! We made these on Sunday night and everyone was RAVING over them. Fabulous recipe. xoxo


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