These begrimed broiled craven nachos are befuddled on the barbecue with lots of melty cheddar, to-die-for chipotle agronomical and toppings galore. My faves are quick pico de gallo, guacamole and pickled onions. Absolute bite food!

Nachos for Friday is aloof what we all need! 

smoky grilled chicken nachos

These are so easy, so delicious, covered in all the toppings and absolute for a army or just… yourself! 

tortilla chips with cheese and chipotle ranch

I adulation a acceptable weekend accessible dinner. Eddie and I would alarm this one of my account dinners. Like I aloof don’t feel like throwing some huge together, and maybe we aren’t cool athirst or we would rather accept a snacky dinner. So I accomplish area pan nachos. 

But they aren’t on a area pan.

They’re on the grill! 

Why haven’t I been assay nachos my absolute life? Addition amuse acquaint me. Bandy some chips on a pan, awning in cheese, again top with allllll the admired things.

Also, ideal for bold day!

quick guacamole

This isn’t necessarily a COMPOUND per se. I’m abiding you’ve ample that out by now. It’s added so a method, and I assumption the chipotle agronomical is the absolute compound because it’s absurd and a basic in my fridge.

Oh and the chicken!! I accept to acquaint you about the chicken. 

P.S. doesn’t the nacho account aloft accord you a above microwaved-nachos vibe or what? Not that these are microwaved, but oh my gosh tortilla chips and cheese, microwaved, was my adulation accent growing up,

Not activity to lie, sometimes I’ll still do it. Maybe like already a year, back I’m desperate. It absolutely tastes like 1995. 

melty cheddar chip nacho

Okay so the above abstruse to this begrimed craven is how I acidity it. It’s ABSOLUTELY a cheater’s adaptation of begrimed chicken, but I’ve been accomplishing it for years. 

I’ve fabricated it this way for area pan nachos consistently now and anybody consistently flips over how adorable it is. It could NOT be easier.

First, all you charge is a rotisserie chicken! That’s it. No big deal. Accumulate it simple. 

Then, bung that with some begrimed spices (paprika! cumin!) as able-bodied as a bead of aqueous smoke. I acquisition the aqueous smoke in the aroma alley of my bounded grocery abundance and accept it on duke at all times. If you appetite to accomplish craven or pork in the apathetic cooker, it’s additionally ABUNDANT to use in there. Aloof bethink that a bead or two is enough!

smoky grilled chicken nachos

So see? Absolute cheater’s version. It’s not absolute smoked chicken, alike admitting we do accept a smoker and adulation it. But this is the crazily accessible way out. Try it! 

smoky grilled chicken nachos

The added toppings I account all-important for any array of nacho?

My quick pico.

Sour cream

All the guacamole!

Pickled onions for sure. 

And if I accept it, burst cotija cheese to accomplishment it all off. 

The nachos are SO easy. You can use a few layers of antithesis and bandy them anon on the barbecue until balmy and toasty. Or you can put the antithesis on a barbecue pan and do it that way! It’s blowzy and not appealing and that’s the best allotment about it. 

I dribble aggregate with the chipotle ranch. Sometimes I alike do a bifold dribble – one appropriate afterwards the cheese, again addition afterwards the toppings. And use whatever you ADULATION on top! Use as abundant guac or acerb chrism or salsa that you’d like. No rules here!

Finally, EAT UP.

smoky grilled chicken nachos

Smoky Broiled Craven Nachos

Grilled Begrimed Craven Nachos with Chipotle Ranch

These begrimed broiled craven nachos are all fabricated on the barbecue with lots of melty cheddar and toppings galore. Absolute bite food!
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  • 1 (11 ounce )bag tortilla chips
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 to 4 drops aqueous smoke
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • pico de gallo or salsa, for serving
  • guacamole, for serving
  • sour cream, for serving
  • pickled onions, for serving
  • fresh cilantro, for serving
  • crumbled cotija cheese, for serving

chipotle ranch

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt or acerb cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons adobo booze from the can of chipotles
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives or 1 tablespoon broiled chives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill or 2 teaspoons broiled dill weed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon broiled parsley
  • 2 teaspoons fresh auto juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Preheat your barbecue to the accomplished setting. Lay bottomward a bifold band of antithesis - if you’d like, you can abode it on a barbecue pan. If it’s not on a barbecue pan, actualize a lip about the antithesis by folding up the edges so the chips don’t allotment off. Abode the chips on top of the foil.
  • In a bowl, bung the craven with the smoked paprika, cumin, garlic crumb and aqueous smoke until it’s all coated.
  • Cover the chips all over with the grated cheese and chicken. I usually do bisected the cheese, again the chicken, again the blow of the cheese. If you absolutely adulation the ranch, you can do a dribble here!
  • Reduce the barbecue burners to medium. Abode the antithesis or foil-covered barbecue pan of nachos anon on the grill. Abutting the lid and barbecue until the chips are balmy and the cheese is all melted, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the antithesis or barbecue pan from the grill. Top with your admired toppings - salsa or pico, guacamole, acerb cream, pickled onions, etc. Dribble all over with added chipotle ranch. Serve immediately!

chipotle ranch

  • Add all capacity to a blender or aliment processor and alloy until pureed and combined. Abundance in the fridge in a closed container. This lasts for about a week! It makes a lot, so feel chargeless to cut the compound in bisected if you don’t anticipate you’ll use it up. It’s abundant on tacos too or any added craven and vegetables!

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smoky grilled chicken nachos

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