Nachos are one of my go-to “Company best” recipes. Not only do my nachos get a lot of compliments from dinner guests, but they are also an easy one-pan meal and feed a crowd effortlessly. This is my basic nacho recipe that I’ve perfected over the years – please note, I haven’t listed quantities because I always eyeball it and scale up/down depending on how many people I’m serving.
- Tortilla chips
- Boneless, skinless chicken cut into small pieces
- Grape tomatoes
- Avocado slices
- Chopped yellow onion
- Black beans
- Chopped cilantro
- Shredded cheese
- Cooking spray
Line a baking tray with foil and spritz with cooking spray. (If you prefer cooking oil, dab a small amount on a paper towel and grease the pan that way - you don't need much, just a tad to help prevent sticking.)
Spread a thick layer of chips over the pan, covering it completely. On top of the chips, layer the avocado slices, followed by the beans, chicken, tomatoes, onion and cilantro.
Complete the nachos with a generous layer of cheese that completely covers the ingredients.
Bake at 350 degrees for roughly 20 minutes or until cheese starts to brown lightly.
Serve with salsa, sour cream, sliced jalapenos and/or guacamole!
This recipe is also a budget option when you’re serving a group, since it utilizes low-cost ingredients such as tortilla chips and chicken. You can further reduce the cost by stocking up on pantry staples whenever there’s a great sale – that way, you can pull many of the ingredients out of the cupboard at a moment’s notice. And if you’re more into online shopping than schlepping through the grocery store, you can still save; coupons aren’t just for the newspaper anymore!
What’s your favorite frugal recipe? Do you use online coupons to save on your pantry essentials?