Sheet Pan Nachos with Chicken and Black Beans

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These Sheet Pan Nachos with shredded chicken take less than 20 minutes from start to finish and since they’re made on a baking sheet, you’ve only got one dish to wash! Customize them to suit your family’s taste or use whatever you’ve got in the fridge for a quick and easy weeknight dinner everyone will love!

Close up shot of sheet pan chicken nachos garnished with fresh cilantro and veggies

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  • They’re super quick and easy! How quick and easy? 20 minutes from prep time to dinner time, in fact! Preheat your oven, toss everything on the pan, pop it in for about 10 minutes and dinner is done! We have sheet pan nachos at least a few times a month because, well they’re delicious, but also because next to a homemade pizza, they’re the easiest way to use up what’ve you got in the fridge.
  • These sheet pan chicken nachos are a great way to use up leftovers and clean out the fridge! You know, the leftover shredded chicken from taco night last week. Or those last few olives in the jar in the back of the fridge. The last few slices or handful of shredded cheddar cheese in the cheese drawer. Do you have a cheese drawer? If you live in Wisconsin, you’ve got a cheese drawer! Maybe we’re the only ones with a cheese drawer…
  • You can easily customize these nachos to suit your family’s taste. Make one half with jalapenos, black olives, and onions, and leave the other half with just chicken and cheese. Trying adding shredded barbacoa beef in place of the chicken or for a meatless option, use chickpeas instead! Use this recipe as a blueprint and make it your own!
Overhead shot of sheet pan chicken nachos garnished with fresh cilantro and veggies

Instructions

Arrange chips on a large baking sheet, overlapping slightly.

Baking sheet pan with tortilla chips spread in a layer on it

Sprinkle mozzarella over the chips in an even layer.

Baking sheet pan with tortilla chips and shredded cheese spread in an even layer on it

Add seasoned shredded chicken in an even layer. 

Baking sheet pan with tortilla chips shredded cheese and chicken

Add black beans in an even layer. 

Baking sheet pan with tortilla chips shredded cheese chicken and black beans

Top with shredded pepper jack cheese. 

Baking sheet pan with tortilla chips shredded cheese chicken and black beans

Bake for 10 minutes or until the toppings are heated through and the cheese is melted. Then broil for 1-2 minutes.

Baking sheet pan with freshly baked shredded chicken and black bean nachos

Top with your favorites and enjoy!

Overhead shot of sheet pan chicken nachos garnished with fresh cilantro and veggies

Tips

  • It may seem counterintuitive to put the cheese down before the toppings, but I promise there’s a method to this madness! A moderate layer of cheese before the toppings is going to create a barrier between the chips and toppings, ensuring that your chips don’t get soggy from the moisture released by the chicken and black beans. My main goal in life is to avoid soggy foods and a preliminary layer of cheese does just that! Of course, you’ve got to add a bit more cheese on top too, just to anchor all the toppings in place. And you thought you were just making nachos? No, you’re building a masterpiece!
  • My Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos recipe works great for these sheet pan nachos. However, any shredded chicken will do! If you’re using plain shredded chicken, try adding some extra flavor by tossing the chicken with 1/2 a cup of salsa and 1-2 teaspoons of cumin. You could also do the same with leftover grilled chicken.
  • For a different flavor, toss your shredded chicken in 1/2 a cup of your favorite BBQ sauce. Or if you’re in the mood for something spicy, toss the chicken in buffalo sauce!
  • Feel free to switch out the black beans for your family’s favorite bean. We eat black beans on EVERYTHING because I do the cooking in this house and I love them. And they’re such an easy and inexpensive way to bulk up a meal with fiber and protein. Pinto beans, kidney beans, or chickpeas would be great in place of the black beans though!
Sheet pan chicken nachos garnished with fresh cilantro and veggies

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Sheet Pan Shredded Chicken Nachos


  • Author: Kylie Lato
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

These Sheet Pan Shredded Chicken Nachos take less than 20 minutes from start to finish and since they’re made on a baking sheet, you’ve only got one dish to wash! Customize them to suit your family’s taste or use whatever you’ve got in the fridge for a quick and easy weeknight dinner everyone will love!


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Ingredients

  • 8 oz. of tortilla chips
  • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican seasoned chicken*
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 oz. shredded pepper jack cheese

Toppings:

  • fresh chopped cilantro
  • halved grape tomatoes
  • diced red onion
  • sliced jalapeno
  • thinly sliced radish
  • cotija cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange chips on a large baking sheet, overlapping slightly.
  2. Sprinkle mozzarella over the chips in an even layer.
  3. Add seasoned shredded chicken and black beans in an even layer. 
  4. Top with shredded pepper jack cheese. 
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until the toppings are heated through and the cheese is melted.
  6. Broil for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese starts to get dark golden brown on top.
  7. Top with your favorites and enjoy!

Notes

*You can use my Instant Pot Shredded Chicken recipe for these nachos. If you prefer to just use regular shredded chicken breast, you can add some extra flavor by tossing the chicken with 1/2 a cup of salsa and 1-2 teaspoons of cumin. 

It may seem counterintuitive to put the cheese down before the toppings, but I promise there’s a method to this madness! A moderate layer of cheese before the toppings is going to create a barrier between the chips and toppings, ensuring that your chips don’t get soggy from the moisture released by the chicken and black beans.

For a different flavor, toss your shredded chicken in 1/2 a cup of your favorite BBQ sauce. Or if you’re in the mood for something spicy, toss the chicken in buffalo sauce!

Feel free to switch out the black beans for your family’s favorite bean. We eat black beans on EVERYTHING because I do the cooking in this house and I love them. And they’re such an easy and inexpensive way to bulk up a meal with fiber and protein. Pinto beans, kidney beans, or chickpeas would be great in place of the black beans though!

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican/American

Keywords: sheet pan dinner, ultimate chicken nachos recipe, chicken nacho recipe





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