If you’re looking for a quick and easy meal idea, nachos are always a good choice.

And one thing to know about me? I always… I mean ALWAYS… have cheese, chips, salsa and avocado on hand to make a batch.

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My daughter Kylie is also a huge fan of nachos so I know that if I make them for dinner, they’ll be a hit no matter what!

Read on to learn how I make my own and scroll through to discover some other delicious nacho ideas for your next nacho night at home!

Nachos The Just Jill Way

When I make my nachos, I typically use pulled chicken. But you can always use pulled pork too!

Here are some other ingredients I use to make my signature batch of nachos.


  • 1 (16-oz) bag of tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups of pulled chicken
  • 1 cup thinly sliced roasted red peppers
  • 3 jalapeño peppers, sliced
  • 3/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 – 1 cup black beans


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Alternate the tortilla chips and 1-1/2 cups of cheese on a baking sheet.
  • Top with the pulled chicken, roasted red peppers and jalapeño peppers.
  • Add the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
  • Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Top with the sliced green onions, avocado and black beans just before serving.

Pretty classic… but always tasty!

Ground Beef Nachos

Sheet pan recipes are more than welcome in my household. They always come out tasty and can feed a crowd with little effort involved.

I discovered this easy ground beef nachos recipe from The Hungry Hutch and the pictures alone make it look incredibly satisfying.

ground beef nacho ideas
Photo credit: The Hungry Hutch

See? I’m already hungry.

These nachos are topped with traditional ingredients like cheese, diced tomatoes, sour cream, avocados and more.

But the creator behind the recipe says that getting the chips extra toasty is the key to an irresistible dish!

HERE is the full recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

If you still want to go the chicken route but want to change up the flavors, try these buffalo chicken nachos from Yellow Bliss Road.

buffalo nacho ideas
Photo credit: Yellow Bliss Road

I’ve been making my low-carb buffalo chicken bake for quite some time now.

And every time I make it I’m reminded of how much I love that buffalo chicken flavor! It’s also why this nacho recipe caught my attention.

The bulk of the work is cooking the chicken and seasoning it. But when that step is done, you can put these together in just about 10 minutes!

Find the recipe HERE.

Loaded Tater Tot Nachos

Who says you have to use chips to make a plate of Nachos?

This recipe from A Couple Cooks will show you otherwise. These nachos are made with Tater Tots!

loaded tater tots
Photo credit: A Couple Cooks

They call them “Tachos” and they’re loaded with all of the well-loved toppings you’d find on a classic plate of nachos.

The slightly crispy crunch from the tots pairs perfectly with the creamy guacamole and sour cream. And I love that this recipe also includes corn. A little extra heartiness is always a good idea!

Try them at home with THIS recipe.

Dessert Nachos

By now, you know I have quite the sweet tooth.

And who says you can’t take a traditionally savory dish and turn it into something sweet?

dessert nacho ideas
Photo credit: The Spruce Eats

Made with cinnamon sugar-crusted chips and luscious melted chocolate, these nachos are a fun way to change up your classic dessert night.

The Spruce Eats also adds toppings like strawberries and whipped cream, but I’d venture to say that adding some toffee bits, extra chocolate chips and maybe even marshmallows would take them to a whole new level!

See how to make them HERE.

Do you know which nacho ideas you’ll try first? I have my eye on the dessert nachos… but I might have to make more than one!

From my kitchen to yours,


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