The BEST Loaded Nachos


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Loaded Nachos are the best snack food! Making baked nachos is not only easy, they’re perfect for a party, an easy dinner or a midnight snack!

Crispy tortilla chips are topped with seasoned chicken, cheese, Pico de Gallo, and other favorite nacho toppings. Bake them until the cheese is bubbly and don’t forget your favorite dips like Homemade Salsa and sour cream!

Fully loaded nachos with baked cheese and chicken - ready to serve!

Baked Nachos are the ultimate appetizer and the perfect food for sharing! It’s one of our favorite things to order when we go out and I’m always searching for the perfect Nacho toppings!

These sheet pan nachos are such a fun share plate. Loads of melted cheese, chicken, ground beef, tomatoes, onions, and other great toppings.

How To Make Nachos

I think the best part about baked nachos is how easy they are. Minimal prep, quick baking, and you’re ready to enjoy! I use chicken in this nachos recipe which is perfect for leftovers.  If you have leftover taco meat (ground beef), Crockpot Chicken Tacos or even leftover Easy Chicken Fajitas, they will all work well in this recipe!

  1. Prep the toppings – dice the tomatoes and onions, season the chicken, and shred the cheese.
  2. Arrange the nacho chips in a single layer on a sheet pan
  3. Add your toppings, and smother everything in cheese
  4. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly

Layering cheese and chicken on baked nachos on a pan.

How Long To Bake Nachos

Once the cheese is melted, you will know that the baked nachos are ready. I like to bake them for about 10 minutes, but it depends on how many toppings you have added. If you decide to double layer the baked nachos to create a nacho bake casserole, add a bit of cooking time.

Tortilla chips can burn fairly easily, so make sure you don’t over bake. As soon as they start to brown, you should take them out of the oven!

How To Reheat Nachos

If you have leftovers (I’d be surprised, our’s are always gone fast), keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to reheat them. Arrange them on a parchment lined baking sheet and reheat in the oven until the cheese has melted again. Make sure you watch so the tortilla chips don’t burn!

If you added lettuce to the sheet pan baked nachos, remove it before you reheat them so it doesn’t become soggy!

Cheesy Chicken Nachos topped with our favorite toppings

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The Best Loaded Nachos

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican, Tex Mex
Crispy tortilla chips topped with black beans, seasoned chicken and lots of melted cheese makes the perfect snack for sharing!

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast cooked and shredded
  • 2/3 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 2/3 cup black beans
  • 8 oz tortilla chips
  • 3 cups shredded shredded Cheddar and/or Monterey Jack
  • 4 green onions sliced and divided
  • pico de gallo
  • toppings as desired

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine shredded chicken, salsa and taco seasoning in a small pan. Add salsa and taco seasoning. Cook over medium high heat until heated through and most of the liquid from the salsa has evaporated.
  3. Place tortilla chips on a baking sheet. Top with 1/2 of the cheese, chicken, beans, remaining cheese and half of the green onions.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  5. Remove from oven and add pico de gallo and desired toppings. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

Optional Toppings:

black olives, jalapenos, cilantro, sour cream, diced tomatoes, avocado,  

Nutrition Information
Calories: 369, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 594mg, Potassium: 336mg, Carbohydrates: 24g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 20g, Vitamin A: 12.5%, Vitamin C: 2.4%, Calcium: 37.1%, Iron: 8.5%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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