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!
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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 chili nachos though, are 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!
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!
You’ll need the following ingredients to make these delicious Chili con Carne Nachos:
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!
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.
STORAGE & REHEATING
The bad news is…these nachos do not keep or store well at all. The chips get soggy 🙁
The great news is….these chili nachos are so good, you WILL NOT have any leftovers!
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
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!
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 or my Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes with Chipotle Mayo!
You can also serve these chips as an appetizer before Taco Night! Make my Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Tacos or Spicy Pork Tacos as the main course! Now THAT’S my kind of Taco Tuesday!!
OTHER GAME DAY SNACKS YOU’LL LOVE
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The Best Chili Con Carne Nachos
- 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!