Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Layered Skillet Fajita Nachos

So far in 2018 I've been cooking a lot more than usual! I've turned eating out into a social activity instead of going to the drive-thru and ordering pizza on the reg.

I love Super Bowl Sunday because I love the excuse to pig out on junk food/order takeout, but this year I forced myself to cook instead. I was craving Mexican food so I threw a bunch ofingredients into a cast-iron skillet, baked it, and voila! These layered fajita nachos were born.

 

OK, not quite, but they were so easy to make and tasted (almost) like the real deal from a restaurant!

The first thing I did was bake my own tortilla chips. I used corn tortillas since they're less processed overall than flour, cut them into triangles, and baked them for about 10-ish minutes at 350. I sprayed the baking sheet with non-stick vegetable oil and sprinkled them with salt. They seriously taste so good!!


They have a different texture than store-bought tortilla chips, and IMO that makes them less addicting to snack on. They also have less sodium, which is always an added benefit. These are so good when you want a less processed alternative, or if you're really trying to impress someone. (I was trying to impress my tastebuds.)

I used a good bit of the tortillas for chips, and now I have some leftover which is great! I based the amount off of what would give me a solid 2 layers of chips in my cast iron. I used my smaller skillet, which was perfect for one person with a big appetite, so if I was cooking for more people I'd use a bigger one and make more chips!

While the chips were baking, I cooked my chicken (1 chicken breast with taco seasoning + chili powder, cut into thin strips) and bell peppers and onions (both diced) in a pan. Again, this was plenty for one person, so re-size this recipe to fit your crowd as needed.

After the chicken finished cooking, I cut the strips into dices and added half of them on top of my first layer of chips along with half of the peppers and onions. I sprinked the layer with shredded cheese, and then repeated the layer.


I baked the skillet for about 10 minutes, though my cheese never quite got melted enough. Part of that is probably becaused I used store-bought shredded cheese (I don't have a grater), so just something to keep in mind! I think I will add another 5-ish minutes next time I make these.

And now for the best part of nachos... toppings!! Load me up with alllllll of the goods please. I topped these with homemade guac (1 small avo, 1/2 jalepeno, 1/2 roma tomato, lime juice), fake sour cream (1/2 cup greek yogurt + 1 tbsp lemon juice... I liked this more than regular sour cream!!!), cilantro, the rest of my jalepeno, and store-bought pico.

 
I can tell that these nachos will be a staple in my Super Bowls from now on. Maybe next year I'll branch out and try adding black beans or a corn salsa, but for now I'll just be dreaming about these.

One of my 101 in 1001 goals is to be able to cook a "signature dish." While I'm pretty good at cooking my chicken, pasta, and veggies recipe... I think this is a better dish to claim!

Did you cook anything good for Super Bowl Sunday?

27 comments :

  1. This looks and sounds so yummy! I look forward to trying it with my kids. They are big fans of Tex Mex food, and I think this recipe will be a hit with them :)

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  2. YUM! These look amazing -- totally made me hungry.

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  3. Those look really good! We tend to do tacos every other week if not every week and this is a fun change up with most of the same ingredients. Will have to change it up next time we do tacos

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    1. Mexican food is definitely a once a week thing for me too!

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  4. Those look amazing!! There are no good Mexican restaurants here in Vermont (which is super sad :( ) so this week I attempted to make some soft tacos myself at home. Maybe I should try nachos next!!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    1. I love making tacos too! You can do it with the same ingredients minus the chips... I've seriously been doing it since I was like 7 years old hahaha. SO GOOD!

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  5. Oh my gosh, YUM! I totally know what I'm eating for dinner tonight!

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  6. This is so perfect for my family. They will love me for making this.

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    1. Hahah yay! Let me know how they like it :)

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  7. #SALIVATING! I need to make these asap! They look so freaking good!

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  8. Yummmm these look delicious!! Love your tip about making your own sour cream substitute too; I need to try that out!

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  9. The dish combines like five of my favorite things... Chicken, nachos, fajitas, plus all the ingredients. I have to try!! Thanks for this great recipe and demonstration!

    Beth || www.TheStyleBouquet.com

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  10. omg, that looks seriously so yum!! i might have to make this at home haha

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  11. This looks soo good. Need to try making this soon.

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  12. This looks INCREDIBLE! I love skillet/one pot meals and these nachos seem like they're very easily customizable.
    -Emily
    https://norepeatsorhesitations.com/2018/02/07/10-things-to-watch-before-the-winter-olympics/

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  13. Yum! Everybody likes nachos. Everybody like fajitas. Perfect combo.
    :) gwingal

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  14. Oh my gosh YUM! Need to try this ASAP! *heart eye emoji!!*

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  15. This seriously looks amazing!! So yummy - I'll definitely have to try soon!

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  16. This looks so delicious! My family would love it. And how nice that you make your own tortilla chips!

    April | http://thebluehydrangeas.com

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  17. These look amazing!!!! I'm always down for some nachos!

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  18. This looks amazing! Must try asap!

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  19. Girllll this is exactly the recipe I need in my life! Nachos are my absolute favorite, I'm practically salivating haha

    Logan | signedlogan.com

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