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Chicken Fajita Nachos

There I was: Beer in hand, nachos in the oven, and ready to watch some Monday Night Football.

I flipped on the TV to find The Voice and a few other reality TV shows on every channel!  I was expecting Broncos vs. Chargers! I was expecting Peyton in primetime!

Then I remembered that Monday Night Football is on ESPN which we don’t have. Totally lame.

But hey… the chicken fajita nachos were good!


Chicken Fajita Nachos

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Serves 2-4.
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Chicken Fajita Nachos with chipotle marinated chicken chopped up with seared veggies and topped over cheesy nachos. The perfect game day food!



1/4 cup olive oil
3-4 chipotle peppers (from adobo sauce)
1 tablespoon adobo sauce
3 cloves garlic
1 lime, juice only
Small handful of cilantro
Pinch of salt
1 pound chicken, sliced thin and marinated
1 red pepper, sliced thin
1/2 red onion, sliced thin
2 Serrano peppers, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips
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Helpful Equipment

cast iron skillet Small food processor


1) In a food processor, combine the marinade ingredients and pulse until well-mixed. Alternatively, you can dice everything very finely and mix together.

2) Add marinade to a bag with sliced chicken. Let marinate for at least 20 minutes. Slice veggies and grate cheese while chicken marinates. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3) In a heavy skillet (Cast iron works well), heat over high heat. Add a drizzle of oil and cook chicken until it is cooked through, stirring regularly.

4) When chicken is cooked through, about eight minutes, remove chicken from pan and add veggies. If pan is really dry, add another drizzle of oil. Keep the pan hot. Cook the veggies until they are seared but still slightly crunchy, about two minutes.

5) Remove veggies and dice. Add veggies to diced chicken.

6) Lay out a layer of tortilla chips on a baking sheet. Top with grated cheddar cheese and a nice layer of the chicken/veggie mixture.

7) Bake nachos for 5-6 minutes until the nachos are warm and cheese is melted.

Serve immediately with guacamole and any other toppings you want!

Chicken Fajita Nachos: Marinade City

This marinade is perfect for any sort of Tex-Mex situation. It combines all of my favorite flavors: cilantro, garlic, chipotle, and lime juice.

It helps to have a little mini-processor to buzz it up in, but you could also just chop everything very finely and mix it together.

marinade for Chicken Fajita Nachos

No need for a mini-blender, but it helps.

After a quick buzz in the food processor you’ll have this really wonderful marinade. It would go great on any sort of meat and even tofu or tempeh I think.

mixed up - Chicken Fajita Nachos

All mixed up!

Just put your main protein in a bag and pour in the marinade. For something like chicken, just 20 minutes of marinating will give it plenty of flavor.

bagged - Chicken Fajita Nachos


The Veg

When I think of fajitas I think of lots of peppers and onions in addition to the meat. So I chopped up some red onion and red pepper. Leave these in big slices right now since they will cook on high heat.

chopped - Chicken Fajita Nachos

Great flavors.

Ready To Cook Chicken Fajita Nachos

There are two cooking steps for these nachos: Cook the fajitas then cook the nachos. Neither step takes very long.

It does help to have a really hot skillet or grill pan for the fajita step though. You could grill the stuff, but I just used my cast iron skillet on this particular day.

Get it nice and hot over high heat and then add your chicken. Cook the chicken until it’s cooked through and seared. Stir it frequently as it cooks so the peppers don’t burn too badly. It should only take about 8 minutes to cook through.

chicken - Chicken Fajita Nachos

It’s okay to crank up the heat.

Then scoop out the chicken and add the peppers. These will cook even faster. If the pan looks really dry, add a drizzle of olive oil to it.

peppers - Chicken Fajita Nachos

Just a quick sear.

Once the peppers have cooked for a few minutes they should be lightly charred but still a bit crispy in spots.

Remove them and chop up the veggies and chicken. You’ll probably want to season the mixture with a pinch of salt and pepper also.

chopped - Chicken Fajita Nachos

Chopped toppings.

Nachos Nachos

The nachos step is even easier. Just preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lay out a good layer of thick tortilla chips on a baking sheet. Don’t use the really thin chips as they will just turn into a soggy mess.

Top the chips with grated cheese and then a nice layer of the chicken fajita topping. I had a little bit of topping left over but I used most of it.

Chicken Fajita Nachos from Macheesmo

Ready to bake!

Bake this whole tray for about 5-6 minutes until everything is warm and the cheese is melted.

Serve it with any toppings that you like. I recommend guacamole, salsa, and maybe some sour cream.

It’s perfect game day food. Or, if you are me, it’s perfect yelling-at-your-computer food.

Making good nachos doesn't have to be hard. These Chicken Fajita Nachos are easy to make, super delicious, and perfect for dinner or a game day appetizer!


9 comments on “Chicken Fajita Nachos

  1. Those look incredibly good. I’m definitely going to have to try that marinade.

    Is Grand Junction outside of whatever’s considered the Broncos’ regional viewing area? On the Front Range the Broncos’ MNF games are broadcast on channel 20 (KTVD which is apparently owned by Channel 9). I think this goes for any Thursday night game that’d normally be on NFL Network, too.

    I’m glad I was able to watch it myself and doubly-glad that I didn’t follow through on my threat to change over to NetFlix at halftime.

  2. Have to make this, it looks delicious! Sorry you couldn’t watch the game last Monday, it was a great one.

  3. Cumin – you just HAVE to have cumin with fajita marinades or rubs. Okay, that’s not a law but you named all the flavors I love for fajita except cumin.

    Great looking nachos, Nick. Stumbled this.

  4. OMG….Soooo Delicious!!!
    Quick and Easy…If you are fan of spicy food, this is perfect (Very Spicy)

  5. These are fantastic. I’ve made them several times by now, and they always turn out wonderfully. A favourite dinner item for my son and I. The only thing I do differently is that I use Jack cheese instead of cheddar; I find that cheddar’s stronger taste tends to clash with the other flavours. But obviously, that’s a matter of personal taste.

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