Guiltless Chicken Nachos

I've always had a "thing" for Mexican food. If it was humanly possible, I would marry it. Fajitas, tacos, rice and beans, I love it all. One of my all time favorites is nachos. I've spent many years depriving myself of this heavenly dish because lets face it, my taste buds love it, but my thighs? Not so much. Chili's Chicken Nachos pack 1640 calories, 101g of fat(!), 80g of carbs and 3,430mg of sodium - for 12 chips. So when I got an intense craving for them one night, I decided to experiment a little. There had to be a way for me to enjoy my guilty pleasure without all the guilt. What I came up with not only busted my nacho craving, it knocked it out of the park. The portion sizes are huge, the cheese is gooey and melty, and the chicken gives it the perfect kick of spice. Mackenzie told me it was the best thing I'd made in a long time, and she's a tough nut to crack. I could not tell in the slightest that these weren't the guilty pleasure I've come to know and love. I think I've found a new love of my life ;)

What you'll need:
64 Baked Tostitos Scoops (16/person)
1 pound of cooked, shredded chicken (I use boneless, skinless breasts)
2 1/2 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning
2/3 cup of water
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (full fat)
1 cup shredded  low-fat Mexican cheese blend
1/2 can black beans, 
1 (2.25) oz can of black olives

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat cooked, shredded chicken over medium-high heat until warm throughout. Add water & taco seasoning and stir until combined. Simmer until all liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. 

On two 9 x 13 cookie sheets, evenly distribute baked chips, leaving very little space in between. Spoon taco meat into chips, top with black beans and sprinkle with cheese. Add black olives. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Servings: 4
Nutritional Information* (per serving):
Calories: 446  Fat: 19g  Protein: 37g  Carbs: 33.5g  Sugar: 1g  Sodium: 812

*Nutritional information is based on exact measurements above. Results will vary if the recipe is altered.


  1. I made these yesterday! BIG HIT! Especially Connor! He said they are "the goodest nachos EVER"!

  2. Glad you liked them! And now that I've returned to this post and seen the picture, I'm craving them again, haha :)