I titled these soccer night nachos, but they could be named swim night nachos, scout night nachos, busy night nachos, I don’t feel like making anything else night nachos, the possibilities are endless. The pre-schooler has soccer “practice” on Thursday evenings and after experimenting with different dinner options on those late nights, I have decided nachos are the easiest and fastest. We usually roll into the house around 6:30 and everyone is tired and hungry (including the parents), so time is of the essence.
They do require a little bit of pre-planning, but that is easy if you know of a busy night ahead of time. I rotate a couple different nacho options:
- Chicken I cooked in the crockpot, picked off the bone, chopped, and mixed with taco seasoning
- Leftover shredded pork
- Leftover beef taco meat (same seasoning)
Once you have the meat picked out (either leftover from the week or frozen), you can assemble these easy peasy nachos in three steps:
- Lay out tortilla chips flat on a baking sheet. I do this before picking up the boys from school and leave the tray in the oven. Our favorite is Greenwise yellow corn chips because they are thick and flat, and I swear the salt becomes more intense in the oven. Mmmm.
2. Sprinkle the meat on top of the chips
3. Sprinkle your favorite shredded cheese on top. I always shred monterey jack or pepper jack ahead of time.
I hope your baking sheet looks as awesome as mine does.
Then, stick under the broiler for a few minutes and set a timer! I don’t recommend relying on your memory because they cook fast. If you want to get fancy (and healthy) you can sprinkle tomatoes, chopped onions, guacamole, beans, whatever you like on top. I usually don’t have those things pre-chopped so I don’t add.
That’s it! I would never consider my boys to be picky eaters, but it did take a few times before my oldest would eat these. In the beginning he would eat the chips, maybe some chicken he picked off, but now he loves them.