What do you get when football and hatch chiles are back? Nachos.
Gloriously, gooey nachos worthy of two of the best seasons-within-a-season that I can think of.
Last week, we had the Broncos game and Hatch Chile & Chicken Nachos on the menu. A messy, as-easy-to-make-as-it-was-to-eat spread totally worthy of the return of football.
Who’s your team? If you’ve been here seasons past, you know I’m an old Oilers-turned-Colts fan (we all deal with loss in our own ways). And that the 3rd happiest day of my life was when Houston was awarded a new team in the form of the Texans. The Shawnda Super Bowl happened twice a year when the Texans and Colts met and life was perfect.
But then things went and got… weird.
And those things are still kind of weird. Because you can’t just unweird 14 years worth of nonweird.
So now I find myself keeping up with the Broncos. And not just because of the highly-frequented highway of players and staff that tend to move between them and the Texans.
My favorite player from my other favorite team is now with a whole ‘nother different team and now I have to keep up with 3 real teams and 3 fantasy teams. Talk about a total First World Problem.
A problem that nachos can’t fix… but that cheesy drip down the front of a new shirt can temporarily make you not care as much about where Peyton is calling plays. And it can almost make you stop kicking yourself for not renewing your Texans season tickets 4 years ago.
Okay, nachos aren’t THAT magical.
But good luck this Sunday! And Monday. And Thursday. Hope your teams win! Unless they’re playing one of my three. Or I’m up against one of your guys in fantasy. And then I hope THEY GO DOWN HARD.
And really – I need an extra hour to pregame just to make myself believe that I can keep up with it all 🙂
Hatch Chile and Chicken Nachos
Hatch chile con queso, leftover shredded chicken, and pico de gallo team up for a monster pan of nachos that is completely worthy for the start of of football season.
- For the hatch chile con queso:
- 12 oz white American cheese, grated*
- 4 oz Monterey Jack cheese, grated**
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3/4 lb hatch chiles, roasted, seeded, and chopped (directions here)
- For the nachos:
- 14 oz bag tortilla chips ("restaurant thins" not recommended)
- 2 cups leftover shredded chicken breast (~2 breasts)
- For the pico de gallo
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
- 1/3 cup red onion
- Small handful of cilantro
- 1 lime (1/2 juiced, the other half cut into wedges and reserved)
- Pinch of salt
- *Look for it at the deli counter; typically comes in Land O'Lakes or house brands.
- **Do not buy pre-grated cheese.
- Preheat the oven to 425.
- Spread the tortilla chips in an even layer in a large (11x17) baking pan.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the milk.
- When hot, add the cheese and stir occasionally until mostly melted smooth.
- Add ~3/4 of the diced hatch chiles, a generous pinch of salt, and stir until uniform (if it looks too thick, add a bit more milk - it should be just a little thinner than queso-dip consistency).
- Pour the cheese over chips and top with shredded chicken and the remaining hatch chiles.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes to heat through.
- While the nachos are baking, stir the ingredients of the pico de gallo together and set aside.
- Best served immediately, topped with the pico de gallo and extra lime wedges squeezed over top.
- Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave in individual servings (although, I'm partial to cold, soggy nachos myself).
Yields: Servings vary
Estimated time: 25 minutes
Ooey gooey deliciousness!!
DYING for a bite (or 50) of these nachos!
Awesome! Since I’m from Dallas, I was raised a Cowboys fan. And I guess I still am. Though I really don’t understand their commitment to the NFL’s most overrated quarterback. I’m still a fan, though I’m definitely not holding my breath for a good season this year.
College football though… now we’re talking. I’m a Baylor alum, so Sic ’em Bears! And I was raised a Longhorn (many family members went to UT), so I root for those two teams. And I just love college football overall.
I’ll have to try your nachos, just yesterday I received my shipment of 10 pounds of hatch chiles, yea!!! They’re all roasted, peeled, seeded, diced and sitting in the freezer. I can’t wait to use them!
The.Boy is in three fantasy leagues as well and it is INSANE. Though at least he’s just a Cowboys fan through and through so that’s only one extra to keep up with!
We need to get some good hearty football food up in this apartment! Bring on the nachos!
there is nothing, absolutely nothing better than college football and your nachos, my nachos or any nachos with hatch chiles. Dang!!!
Having the same issue here…still not sure about seeing Peyton in orange, but I’m working on coping with it.
I nearly had a heart attack watching my team yesterday – the game was WAY too close for comfort. I have no doubt these nachos would have eased the pain. And now I’m craving nachos for breakfast…
You know, that’s another parallel we have…I would have been a Colts fan, had they been the BALTIMORE COLTS. But with all those shady dealings, I was forced to be raised a Redskins fan. We’ve both been shafted by the city of Indianapolis, girl.
And the best part? Neither of us are Cowboys fans 😛
1) These nachos are awesome.
2) What’s with the restaurant thins not recommended? Hater.
3) Seems mighty fishy that your favorite real-life QB, who happens to be MY Fantasy QB, is on bye week when my boys take on your boys.
First off your nachos always look so darn yummy! Second and most important (for the next 4-5 mos) I am so happy to know you are a Broncos fan. I do always cheer for the Texans ( unless they are playing my Broncos) because Kubiak will always have a special place in this Bronco gals heart. I love this time of year 😉