Chicken Nachos


These chicken nachos have crunchy chips topped with hot spiced shredded chicken, beans and melted cheese with cooling chunks of avocado, red onion and cilantro. If you like the heat, add jalapeño slices at the end. These quick nachos work well with shredded chicken breast or rotisserie chicken if you have leftovers around.

Chicken Nachos
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 6 ounces corn tortilla chips or multigrain tortilla chips

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Mexican-blend cheese (2 cups), divided

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups chopped plum tomatoes

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed

  • 2 small avocados, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Arrange tortilla chips in a single layer on the pan. Sprinkle the chips evenly with 1 cup cheese. Combine chicken, oil, cumin, chili powder and salt in a medium bowl; toss until the chicken is coated. Sprinkle the chicken evenly over the cheese and chips. Sprinkle tomatoes and beans evenly over the chicken layer and top evenly with the remaining cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and the toppings are hot, about 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, toss avocado with lime juice in a small bowl. Top the baked nachos evenly with the avocado, red onion and cilantro. If desired, top with jalapeño slices.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

514 Calories
30g Fat
39g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 2 1/2 cups
Calories 514
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 26g 52%
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Vitamin A 868IU 17%
Sodium 448mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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