Ready for back to school but don’t know what to make now for dinners? Try these Easy Bean Chicken Nachos, not only are they a feast for your family that they will love but also a nice healthy way to get back into the groove of dinners together again around the table.
Black beans are among a great group of healthy foods called pulses, which include not only beans but field peas, lentils, chickpeas, fava beans, and soybeans. All of these are grown in Alberta and Alberta Pulse Growers represent 6,000 growers across our fine province. Which beans are grown in Alberta? The main crops of dry beans are black, Great Northern, pinto, and small red.
Try one of our other bean recipes with this amazing Warm Rustic Black Bean Dip.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by Alberta Pulse Growers. All opinions and experiences are my own.
There is a whole lot of yumminess in there. Plain old nachos are boring and don’t have near the amount of nutrition that this wonderful meal can provide you and your family.
Preparing dried beans is easy and there is a complete guide along with tips HERE! Dried beans are also a great way to get lots of protein and fiber along with folate, copper, manganese, vitamin B1 thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron. They are also low in cholesterol, fat, and sodium. That is a whole lot of nutrition derived from an inexpensive bag of beans.
The beans and chicken pair so lovely together in these nachos. This is a very simple recipe to pull together for any night of the week. You could also make game day a whole lot more fun with this delicious platter of food. Everyone would gobble it down!!
Want another great recipe showcasing pulses? Try our Crunchy Chickpea Peanut Thai Salad out too!
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.
Easy Bean Chicken Nachos
These Easy Bean Chicken Nachos are a great way to make the family happy with going back to school. You don't have to tell them there is a whole lot of nutrition in this recipe just a lot of deliciousness.
- 2 Tbsp. canola oil
- 1 cup white onion, diced
- 1 (19 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed or equal in dried beans, rehydrated
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. ancho chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 200 gms. cooked shredded chicken
- 12 oz. tortilla chips
- 10 oz. Monterey Jalapeno cheese, grated
- 1 avocado, chopped
- Salsa, sour cream and pickled jalapenos for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350F. In a large skillet heat the oil on medium heat and saute the onion until translucent. Add in the beans, cumin, ancho chii powder, salt, pepper and chicken. Stir to combine and then remove from heat.
- On a broiler pan, or sided cookie sheet add half the tortilla chips. Top with half the bean/chicken mixture and half the cheese. Repeat the layers.
- Bake for 18-20 min. or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. Remove from oven and top with avocado, salsa, sour cream and jalapenos.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 700Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 949mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 10gSugar: 7gProtein: 30g
Recipe calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is estimation only. If you need nutritional calculations for medical reasons, please use a source that you trust.
Comments & Reviews
robin rue says
I totally want to lick my computer screen right now. Those nachos look amazing. I need to make these STAT.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
Awesome! I love appetizers like this that combine the great taste of junk food with all that protein! Om nom nom nom.
I love anything that has to do with nachos so you know I’m going to make these! We have a few game day parties planned and this would be a perfect appetizer.
Jen Temcio says
I like that this is a hearty meal that has a lot of protein without a lot of junk. My family will appreciate this meal.
Claudia Krusch says
I am always looking for new recipes to try. These Easy Bean Chicken Nachos look so delicious and easy to make. I will have to add them to my meal plan.
Lisa Bristol says
This recipe is sure to be a hit in my house. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make some on the weekend, Easy Bean Chicken Nachos for the win!
Amy Desrosiers says
These nachos look to die for! I would so love to reach through the screen and grab a bunch!
Jenn Mitchell says
Chicken nachos are a huge hit here. I am going to have to give this one a try.
Nachos are my absolute favorite! I am definitely making this for football sunday!
You’ve got me drooling. That looks really delicious. I’ll be giving these a try!
Becky Willis says
I like the way these nachos look! They also look very healthy for nachos. I love things with black beans and avocado so these are right up my alley.
Lisa Favre says
I always order nachos as a starter and so it’s about time I make some myself! This recipe looks great and I love the photos you took of it.
Liz Mays says
We love a good plate of loaded nachos every now and then and these are looking great. I’ll have to give it a shot.
I love this recipe. My kids are picky but they love nachos
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
I am a nacho lover, so I am making this recipe this weekend.
I can never pass up a plate of nachos! They are my comfort foot!!! These look AMAZING!
That is a happy looking dish of food. I love nachos! Chicken is a delightful change up from the norm and the recipe sounds so delicious.
Autumn Reo says
You’re speaking my langauge! I love to make a cookie sheet of nachos and just serve in the middle of the table! All kids and daddy are happy and think it’s a party, when really it’s a cop out of cooking a hard core meal!