Loaded Buffalo Chicken Nachos


4-6 people

Cooking Time

30 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes

  • 1/2 bag tortilla chips

  • 2 chicken breasts, shredded (you can use rotisserie chicken, prepare in the crock pot, or poach them until cooked through, which is what I did here)

  • Franks buffalo hot sauce, to taste (about 1/2 cup)

  • 2 teaspoons powdered ranch seasoning

  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream

  • 1 lb white american cheese, slices

  • 8 oz Monterrey or pepper jack cheese, shredded

  • 1–2 tablespoons powdered ranch seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 10 slices pickled jalapenos, or to taste

  • 2 green onions, sliced

  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

  • Buffalo sauce, to taste

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    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
    2. Toss together the shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, and powdered ranch seasoning in a medium-sized bowl. Make sure the chicken has a good coating of buffalo sauce, but you don’t want it to swim in it. You will add a drizzle of buffalo sauce to your nachos in addition to the sauce on the chicken. Cover and set aside to keep warm. 
    3. In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream to a simmer. A handful at a time, stir in the cheeses, making sure they’ve completely melted before adding the next handful. Keep stirring and add in the ranch seasoning and paprika. 
    4. Put a thick layer of nachos on the bottom of a cast-iron skillet, and top with 1/2 of your buffalo chicken, making sure to get some in the nooks and crannies so all of the chips have a little chicken. Drizzle some of the queso on top. 
    5. Add a second thick layer of tortilla chips, top with the remaining buffalo chicken, and drizzle again with queso. You will have a queso leftover. Serve this on the side with additional nachos if you’d like, or save it in a refrigerated container. 
    6. Place the nachos in the oven for 2-3 minutes, until the queso starts to melt and the chicken is heated up.
    7. Add jalapenos, green onions, and blue cheese to taste, and drizzle with a tiny bit more buffalo sauce if you’d like. Serve warm!
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