Chili Cheese Nachos

filed under: Appetizers on August 29, 2019

Chili Cheese Nachos are nachos piled high with my homemade chili and cheese sauce. It’s similar to my Chili Cheese Fries but served with tortilla chips instead. There are really no rules for nachos anymore, and this just gives your average chips and cheese a boost!

Overhead View of Finished and Ready to Serve Chili Cheese Nachos

Chili Cheese Nachos

Nachos have definitely evolved throughout the years, and there really are no ‘wrong’ ingredients to use on your next nacho creation. Take it from me–I even have a Banana Split Nachos recipe. But sometimes, I just feel like having more of a traditional snack that fills me up and is satisfying! When chips and cheese just aren’t enough, add some chili. Chili Cheese Nachos could even be a meal!

Child Taking a Cheesy Chili Cheese Nacho

Chili Cheese Nachos Ingredients

When I go to a ballgame and order nachos, it’s usually simply chips and nacho cheese. That is okay, but I sometimes crave a little more than that! Adding my homemade chili and cheese sauce to tortilla chips takes basic nachos and kicks them up a notch. These are traditional enough to not scare anyone away from enjoying them, and it’s easy for guests to add as much or as little of the chili and cheese as they want.

Plate of Chili on Chips Preparing to Make Chili Cheese Nachos

How to Make Homemade Chili

This homemade chili is a lot like my Grandma’s Homemade Chili recipe, with just a few more spices. Try them both for my Chili Cheese Nachos!

Ingredients

  • ground beef
  • onion
  • garlic
  • kidney beans
  • diced tomatoes
  • tomato paste
  • green chilis
  • cumin
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

Cook and stir the ground beef, chopped onion, and garlic in a skillet over medium heat until crumbly and browned, 5 to 10 minutes. After draining the beef, stir in kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, chilis, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder together in a large pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are slightly tender and chili is heated through. This should take about 10-15 minutes.

Plate of Chili & Cheese on Chips Preparing to Make Chili Cheese Nachos

How to Make Cheese Sauce

Say CHEESE! This cheese sauce will be the layering piece to your Chili Cheese Nachos. It is easy to make, and so delicious!

Ingredients:

  • heavy whipping cream
  • shredded sharp cheddar
  • shredded pepper jack
  • salt
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • chili powder

Heat up the heavy cream until the sides start to bubble. Next, reduce the heat and add the cheeses and seasonings until the cheese is completely melted. Pour the melted cheese onto the bottom of a plate to start your tower of Chili Cheese Nachos. Add a layer of tortilla chips on top of your cheese sauce. Next, add another layer of chips, more cheese, and some chile. Grab some more chips to your pile, pour on a little more chili and top it all off with a final layer of cheese. I added green onions, jalapenos, and sour cream to the recipe in case you or your guests want to add one, two, or all three of the toppings. I enjoy the Chili Cheese Nachos just as much with our without the extra toppings.

Plating Chili Cheese Nachos

Are you Hungry for More Appetizers?

Are you ready for some football? If you are, you better be ready with some game day appetizers. Here are some of my favorites.

Crispy Fried Jalapenos

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Reuben Sliders

Brie Bites with Bacon and Asparagus

Homemade Cheesy Chili Nachos

Chili Cheese Nachos
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
 

Give your chips and cheese a boost with my Chili Cheese Nachos. Your tortilla chips will be piled high with my homemade chili and cheese!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese Sauce, Chicken Chili Cheese Dip, Chili Cheese Nachos
Servings: 12
Calories: 423 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
Ingredients
CHILI
  • pound  of ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1   (15 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • tablespoon  tomato paste
  • 1 (2 ounce) can of green chilies
  • tablespoon  cumin
  • tablespoon  onion powder
  • tablespoon  garlic powder
  • tablespoon  chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
CHEESE SAUCE
  • 1 ½  cups  heavy whipping cream
  • cups  shredded sharp cheddar
  • cups  shredded pepper jack
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  onion powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  chili powder
  • Green onion
  • Jalapeno
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 bag (13 ounces) salted tortilla chips
Instructions
CHILI
  1. Cook and stir ground beef, chopped onion, and garlic in a skillet over medium heat until crumbly and browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. Stir drained ground beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, chili, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder together in a large pot over medium-high heat.

  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are slightly tender and chili is heated through. (15 to 20 minutes)
  4. Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste.
CHEESE SAUCE
  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat up heavy cream until bubbles start to form around the sides. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheeses and seasonings until the cheese is completely melted.
  2. To assemble the dish, spread some cheese on the bottom of the plate, then pile some tortilla chips on top of the cheese, add a little more cheese, top with chili, more chips, chili, and cheese sauce and garnish with green onion and jalapeños and sour cream.

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