Chili Con Carne Nachos

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If you have ever wondered what to do with leftover chili, these Chili Con Carne Nachos are your answer! Tortilla chips are topped with easy homemade chili con carne, drizzled with queso and sour cream, and finished with a sprinkle of onions! This is the ultimate game-day (or any day!) treat!

Chili con carne nachos on a baking sheet topped with onions, cheese and sour cream.

Is there really anything better than a giant tray of nachos in front of you?! My Ultimate Air Fryer Nachos are the BOMB and are so easy to make!

These nachos are perfect to whip up for game day along with my Cheesy Bacon and Corn Crack Dip or even a batch of my Air Fryer Potatoes with Chipotle Mayo! And don’t forget these amazing Crispy Chicken Wings with Wingstop Ranch!!

These chili nachos, are also the perfect solution for any leftover Chili con Carne you might have! Once you have your chili, these nachos come together in minutes! Just a few minutes to bake in the oven and you’re done!

These nachos chili con carne make a perfect party or game day snack! Check out my 21 Amazing Side Dishes for Nachos and let the party begin!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • It’s the perfect, delicious solution for leftover chili!
  • A crowd pleasing game-day treat!
  • Toppings can be easily customized.
  • Super quick and easy to pull together!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make these delicious Chili con Carne Nachos:

Ingredients needed to make chili con carne nachos.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Chili: These nachos are ideal if you have leftover Chili con Carne!

Queso: You can absolutely use store bought queso to make this recipe quick and easy. I have found nacho cheese sauce in a CAN is so much better than the jarred stuff! The Que Bueno! brand can usually be found at Costco and this La Preferida brand nacho cheese can be found at large chain grocery stores.

If you want to make your own, here is an easy recipe: Easy Queso.

Tortilla Chips: Tortilla chips that are on the heartier side work much better than thin “restaurant style” chips. You can also mix and match different kinds of tortilla chips as well!

Cheese: Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack work perfectly for chili nachos because they all melt so well. However, most any of your favorite cheeses will work! I prefer to shred my own cheese for nachos. Bagged cheeses are coated with cellulose and don’t melt as well as freshly grated cheese!

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE: STEP BY STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

How to make chili con carne nachos step by step.

Step 1: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread chips out in an even layer.

Step 2: Spoon chili all over chips making sure each chip has a bit of chili on it. Then sprinkle shredded cheese over the top. 

Step 3: Bake at 350°F for 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted and chili is warm. While nachos are in the oven, warm nacho cheese sauce in the microwave until heated through.

Step 4: Remove nachos from the oven and top with nacho cheese sauce (queso), sour cream and green and red onions (and any other desired toppings). Serve immediately!

RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS

  • Use thick-cut tortilla chips as they stay crisp even with all the toppings!
  • If you want your sour cream more “pourable,” mix it with a tablespoon or two of milk.

HOW TO REHEAT NACHOS

Most likely, you will not have any leftovers 🙂 But if you need to reheat your nachos, follow these simple steps:

  1. Place nachos on an oven safe dish or baking sheet.
  2. Scatter some extra cheese on top of your nachos.
  3. Bake nachos on a LOW heat (about 250-300°F) for about 10 minutes until chips have reached their desired crispiness.
  4. Enjoy (again)!!

ADDITIONS & SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Adding additional toppings is never a bad idea! Add any toppings you would put on regular chili con carne! Such as….sliced jalapeños, cilantro, avocado, radishes, lime or hot sauce! Anything goes, really! It’s nachos! There is no wrong way!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the best type of tortilla chips to use for these chili nachos?

Tortilla chips that are on the heartier side work much better than thin “restaurant style” chips. You can also mix and match different kinds of tortilla chips as well! Try adding in some blue corn chips for extra color!

What do you serve with this?

I truly think these nachos stand alone as a fun dinner or game day snack! Other good party or “game day” additions would be homemade Pico de Gallo, Guacamole, Taquitos...or see my entire list of 21 Amazing Sides Dishes for Nachos here!

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Close up of finished chili con carne nachos.

OTHER GAME DAY SNACKS YOU’LL LOVE

I hope you love these Chili con Carne Nachos! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

The Best Chili Con Carne Nachos

If you have ever wondered what to do with leftover chili, these Chili Con Carne Nachos are your answer! Tortilla chips are topped with easy homemade chili con carne, drizzled with queso and sour cream and finished with a sprinkle of onions! This is the ultimate game-day (any day!) treat!
4.92 from 23 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 363 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 10-12 oz. bag, tortilla chips
  • 1 cup Chili con Carne recipe here
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese See Note 1
  • 1/2 cup nacho cheese sauce (queso) store bought or homemade, See Note 2
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup red onion and green onions, finely chopped or to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven for 350°F. Line a baking sheet with with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • Spread tortilla chips on the baking sheet in an EVEN layer.
  • Spoon chili all over chips making sure each chip has a bit of chili on it. Then sprinkle shredded cheese over the top. Again, make sure every chips has some cheese!!!
  • Bake 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted and chili is warm.
  • While nachos are baking, heat the nacho cheese sauce/queso (if using store bought) in the microwave until heated through and pourable.
  • When the nachos come out of the oven, drizzle with hot queso, sour cream and then top with onions. Dig in immediately!

Notes

Note 1: I love using a combination of different cheeses here. Sharp cheddar, white cheddar, Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack are all delish and melt really well. I also prefer to shred my own cheese for nachos. Bagged cheeses are coated with cellulose and don’t melt as well as freshly grated cheese!

Nutrition

Calories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 9gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 818mgPotassium: 116mgFiber: 2.3gSugar: 3gVitamin D: 2µgCalcium: 246mgIron: 1mg
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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have a bunch of kids in my house this weekend and I’m definitely making this! You really can’t go wrong with nachos!

  2. 5 stars
    Nachos are my favorite indulgent food! These were so good with the chili con carne on top. They were so flavorful and easy to make. These nachos are always a huge hit when I make them.