These smoky grilled chicken nachos are thrown on the grill with lots of melty cheddar, to-die-for chipotle ranch and toppings galore. My faves are quick pico de gallo, guacamole and pickled onions. Perfect snack food!
Nachos for Friday is just what we all need!
These are so easy, so delicious, covered in all the toppings and perfect for a crowd or just… yourself!
I love a good weekend easy dinner. Eddie and I would call this one of my cop-out dinners. Like I just don’t feel like throwing some huge together, and maybe we aren’t super hungry or we would rather have a snacky dinner. So I make sheet pan nachos.
But they aren’t on a sheet pan.
They’re on the grill!
Why haven’t I been grilling nachos my entire life? Someone please tell me. Throw some chips on a pan, cover in cheese, then top with allllll the favorite things.
Also, ideal for game day!
This isn’t necessarily a RECIPE per se. I’m sure you’ve figured that out by now. It’s more so a method, and I guess the chipotle ranch is the real recipe because it’s fantastic and a staple in my fridge.
Oh and the chicken!! I have to tell you about the chicken.
P.S. doesn’t the nacho picture above give you a major microwaved-nachos vibe or what? Not that these are microwaved, but oh my gosh tortilla chips and cheese, microwaved, was my love language growing up,
Not going to lie, sometimes I’ll still do it. Maybe like once a year, when I’m desperate. It definitely tastes like 1995.
Okay so the major secret to this smoky chicken is how I flavor it. It’s TOTALLY a cheater’s version of smoky chicken, but I’ve been doing it for years.
I’ve made it this way for sheet pan nachos forever now and everyone always flips over how delicious it is. It could NOT be easier.
First, all you need is a rotisserie chicken! That’s it. No big deal. Keep it simple.
Then, toss that with some smoky spices (paprika! cumin!) as well as a drop of liquid smoke. I find the liquid smoke in the spice aisle of my local grocery store and have it on hand at all times. If you want to make chicken or pork in the slow cooker, it’s also GREAT to use in there. Just remember that a drop or two is enough!
So see? Total cheater’s version. It’s not real smoked chicken, even though we do have a smoker and love it. But this is the insanely easy way out. Try it! (more…)