Tequila Lime Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos are a fun and delicious appetizer that can feed a crowd. The slow cooker makes this chicken so tender and juicy!
This chicken nachos recipe is perfect for a Cinco de Mayo party. These nachos are so easy to make. Let the chicken cook in the crock pot while you get your party decorations up, and then assemble the nachos right before you are ready to serve.
The cilantro and lime combination is an incredibly refreshing taste, which is why these nachos pair perfectly with a light beer. Add a lime wedge to your beer and you have a match made in heaven.
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For this recipe, you will need a slow cooker. I recommend the Crock-Pot 7-Quart Manual Slow Cooker. The options are super simple and it gets the job done.
Chicken Nacho Ingredients
To make this loaded nachos recipe, you will need the following ingredients (it’s a long list, so go to the recipe below for exact measurements):
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Dark tequila: also known as Reposada tequila
- Lime: or pre-bottled lime juice
- Red onion: you can use fresh red onion or pickled red onions
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Chili powder, ground cumin, salt, black pepper: to season the chicken
- Blue corn and/or yellow corn tortilla chips
- Black beans
- Shredded Mexican style blend cheese
- Roma tomato
- Avocado: make sure the avocado is ripe
- Cotija cheese: this crumbly Mexican cheese can be found in the dairy aisle or by the specialty cheeses
- Sour cream
How to Make Sheet Pan Nachos
This recipe has two parts: making the chicken and then making the nachos:
- Make the chicken in the slow cooker. Combine all of the ingredients, reserving one lime for later, in a 5- or 6-quart crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
- Shred the chicken. Remove the chicken, shred with two forks then stir back into the sauce. The chicken will soak up most of the sauce. Squeeze the remaining lime over the chicken and stir to combine.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Assemble the nachos. Place a layer of blue and yellow tortilla chips on the pan. Layer the chicken, beans, shredded cheese, red onion, and tomato.
- Bake the nachos. Bake until heated through and cheese has melted, about 5-6 minutes.
- Garnish. Top with sour cream, cilantro, avocado and crumbled Cotija cheese to your liking.
Tips for Tequila Lime Chicken
- I mixed lime juice with the sour cream to make it thinner, and put it in a squeeze bottle so I could distribute it evenly on the nachos.
- You can make tacos with the chicken instead of nachos, or maybe stuff the chicken in a poblano pepper.
- These hearty nachos can be an appetizer for a big crowd or a meal in itself for a smaller group.
Can I Freeze Chicken?
Have leftover chicken? It freezes great. Just put the extra shredded chicken into a freezer bag.