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Spicy Nachos with Fresh Pico De Gallo

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 45 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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One large 13-ounce bag whole-wheat tortilla chips

1 1/4 cups

1 cup shredded Cheddar

3/4 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese

1 jalapeno, sliced crosswise, plus extra for serving

1 cup Pico de Gallo, recipe follows

3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

Game Time Chili:

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 stalks celery, diced

1 to 2 bell peppers, diced

1 jalapeno, seeded and diced

1 medium onion, diced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 pound ground chicken

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Two (14.5-ounce) cans petite-cut diced tomatoes

One (15.5-ounce) can red kidney beans

One (15-ounce) can pinto beans

Pico De Gallo:

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

6 plum tomatoes, diced (about 1 1/2 pounds)

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 jalapeno, diced

1/2 sweet Vidalia onion, diced

Juice of 1 lime

Zest of 1 lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread out a layer using half of the tortilla chips on a large ovenproof platter. Make an even layer using half the Game Time Chili, then add half the Cheddar and pepper Jack, then half the sliced jalapenos. Save some of the jalapeno slices for garnish.
  3. Place the platter in the oven and bake until the cheese has melted, 5 to 10 minutes. Prepare a second ovenproof platter with the remainder of the ingredients. Top the nachos with the Pico de Gallo and garnish with the remaining jalapenos. Serve hot with the sour cream on the side.

Game Time Chili:

  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, celery, bell peppers, jalapenos and onions and sprinkle over the salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. Add the chicken, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, and cook until it starts to brown. Stir in the chili powder and cumin and cook until the chicken is fully browned, about 6 minutes. Add the tomatoes, kidney beans and pinto beans and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are blended and the chili begins to thicken, about 1 hour.

Pico De Gallo:

Yield: Seven 1/2-cup servings.
  1. Place the cilantro, salt, pepper, tomatoes, garlic, jalapenos, onions, lime juice and lemon zest in a bowl and mix to combine. 

Cook’s Note

Have all the prepped ingredients easily accessible to assemble the nachos.

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