Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

I want to tell you this was all about Superbowl planning, buuuuut it was just a Wednesday.

Is it too early to even be thinking about Superbowl Sunday? It’s way too early, right? Waaay too early.

Actually, let’s take a poll! (I almost typed pole. Ew. Let’s not take a pole, okay girls? Stay in school.)


Obviously it needed to be in all caps due to the magnitude of this question.

Also, we have a major issue on our hands.

Yesterday morning I just couldn’t take it any longer. I had a weak moment and I caved. I started watching Parenthood. From the very beginning. I’m so screeeeeeewed, yew guuuyyyzzzzzz.

Aside from the fact that it’s a really really really good show and I cried during 94.623% of it, this was me the entire time:

“Oh it’s Nate from Six Feet Under! Hi, Nate!”

“Oh it’s the mom from Gilmore Girls! Hi, mom from Gilmore Girls!”

“Oh it’s Dax from Punk’d! Why do I want to stick you in my bra?”

“Omg it’s Katie from Wet Hot American Summerrrrrrr!!!”

“Oh it’s the girl from Lie To Me!”

So basically, if I took a week off of blogging to catch up, would you miss me?

Don’t answer that.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, with all the riff raff in this world, all the uncertainty of what is to come, all the quandary and honk-a-lonk of what it means to be a human being, the only true thing we can know in this life and have dutiful control over is  . . .

. . .  just how enormous a platter of slow cooker chicken and pinto bean nachos to make.

We both know what you have to do.

Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos:

What it took for 1: I’m kidding! 2. Fiiiiiine, 4:

* 2 chicken breasts
* 1 jarred roasted red pepper
* 1/2 cup favorite salsa
* 1 tsp ground cumin
* 1 tsp chili powder
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 large pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1 (14.5 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
* 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
* 1 scallion, finely sliced
* 1/2 avocado, diced (or the whole thing if you want!)
* 1 lime, for the juice
* 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
* 1/2 bag favorite tortilla chips

In a slow cooker, place the chicken, roasted red pepper, salsa, cumin, chili powder, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook on high for three hours. (Or low for six.)

After three hours, take two forks and shred the chicken right in the cooker. Add the pinto beans, toss to combine and cook an additional hour. *if at this time you feel it needs to be a little more liquidy, by all means, add a leetle more salsa.

Arrange the chips on a large platter. Spoon the chicken and bean mixture over the chips. Sprinkle the cheese over the chicken. Pop the platter under the broiler for a couple of minutes to the get the cheese all browned and bubbly.

Remove the platter from the oven with your bare hands (kidding!) and top with chopped cilantro, scallions and diced avocado. Give a good squeeze of lime juice over the whole dang thing.

Then take the platter, run to the bathroom, lock yourself in and tell them the devil made you do it.

I’m preeeetty sure Mama said knock you out.

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65 Responses to Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

  1. Maria December 5, 2012 at 8:47 am #
    Perfect party nachos!
  2. Courtney @ Bake. Eat. Repeat. December 5, 2012 at 9:04 am #
    You never cease to provide incredible dinner ideas and a good laugh. I'm not sure which I'm more grateful for. Who am I kidding? It's the nachos.
  3. Heather @ Heather's Dish December 5, 2012 at 9:31 am #
    These. Are. AMAHZING.
  4. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel December 5, 2012 at 9:41 am #
    Oh why didn't I see this before I went grocery shopping?! If I had nacho chips I'd totally be making this.
  5. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 5, 2012 at 9:41 am #
    need this now!!! don't want to work-- want to host a party :)
  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks December 5, 2012 at 9:46 am #
    Who would have thought nachos via slow cooker, but I'm sold. Love this idea!
  7. Debbie December 5, 2012 at 9:54 am #
    Why don't you get more comments?! You are so Frickin' funny!!! I love your recipes and your awesome sense of humour and I am soooo gonna make these tonight! Maybe,if he is real nice, maybe I will share.
    • Bev Weidner December 5, 2012 at 11:05 am #
      Hahaha, well thank you. You're sweet. My guess is that most readers find me brutally annoying. ;)
  8. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough December 5, 2012 at 9:54 am #
    Oh nawwww, girl. I want to eat these photos.
  9. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie December 5, 2012 at 10:29 am #
    Slow cooking is the only way to make nachos even better
  10. GingerMae December 5, 2012 at 10:46 am #
    Can't lie - I'm pretty envious of the fact you just started watching Parenthood. Not having to wait a full week before watching the next episode is the best way to watch a show - especially one as good as Parenthood! I don't blame you if you disappear for a week - I am trying not to do that with Friday Night Lights right now. :)
  11. Terri @ Terri's Table December 5, 2012 at 11:17 am #
    I absolutely love the fact that you used those tortilla chip cups! Individual bites on the platter!
  12. Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human. December 5, 2012 at 11:30 am #
    Been looking for an excuse to use the slow cooker every weekend this winter. Thanks for the idea. It's never too early to plan for Super Bowl Sunday. Even on a Wednesday.
  13. Dan82904 December 5, 2012 at 11:42 am #
    These look amazing! I would absolutely miss you for the week. My wife and I are just getting into cooking, and recipes like this one, written with humor like yours, are why I keep coming back! You're great1
  14. Julie December 5, 2012 at 11:52 am #
    You're so funny, love me some LL Cool J and these knock out nachos!!
  15. Bernadette @ Now Stir It Ip December 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm #
    OKAY.... Parenthood is amazing. I can't get enough of that show. As the seasons go... I cry more... so get ready :-) The nachos look amazing annnnd I want some now.
  16. Sabina December 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm #
    we have steak nachos every so often with leftover steak filets. Thinly sliced and topped with the usual condiments, but i LOVE the idea of using the dipping chips things - bitesize ! Love it !
  17. Michelle December 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm #
    looks AMAZING. Good idea to use the little bowl chips! Helps get the food to your mouth faster.
  18. Kari@Loaves n Dishes December 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm #
    I'm with you on everything about taking food into the bathroom, I couldn't do that. However, I would lock myself in the bedroom with these nachos (I don't mean anything weird by that), I just need to be careful about the crumbs in bed.
  19. carrian December 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm #
    Yup, I've been waiting for this recipe. My booty will be growing in size very soooooon. ;)
  20. Katie December 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm #
    I love making nachos when I have company over. And this makes it even more entertaining friendly when you use the crock pot!
  21. Katie @ Blonde Ambition December 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm #
    I can never see Nate From Six Feet Under without thinking of him as (and calling him) Nate From Six Feet Under! Ugh, love him. Also, love these nachos. I am a sucker for anything with roasted red bell peps!
  22. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. December 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm #
    great idea BEV!
  23. Katie December 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm #
    Oh my heck. Come over for lunch PLEASE.
  24. claire @ the realistic nutritionist December 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm #
  25. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen December 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm #
    Parenthood is awesome and my hubby always busts me crying! I'm pretty sure these nachos + Parenthood are the perfect match. I'll try to remember that next time we're watching...
  26. Julia | December 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm #
    What a yummy nacho dish!
  27. Julia {The Roasted Root} December 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm #
    MMMM chicken in a crock pot!!! These nachos definitely would knock me on my booty - I love all the ingredients and the little scooper chips work fabulously for optimum scoopage. Wonderful, wonderful!
  28. Julie @ Table for Two December 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm #
    WOAH. cook for me.
  29. Jess Gonzalez | Feast With Me December 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm #
    ZOMG - I wish it were superbowl season just so I had an excuse to make these. But in reality, is it ever really TOO early to think about the superbowl? I think not! :D mmmmm nachos.
  30. Cassie | Bake Your Day December 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm #
    I'll go ahead and take the whole plate all. to. myself.
  31. Megan @ Country Cleaver December 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm #
    I don't think its ever too early to start planning for football food. And onto the football food pin board it goes!
  32. the 3volution of j3nn December 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm #
    Those nachos look perfect! One more thing to try in the crockpot. Yum!
  33. Vita @ Juicer Depot December 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm #
    What a great way to serve nachos in the nacho cups. Awesome idea!
  34. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious December 6, 2012 at 6:32 am #
    Freaking amazing. I could seriously eat this all day.
  35. Treide December 6, 2012 at 7:21 am #
    You had me at Parenthood! LOL Can't wait to make this ! Thanks girl.
  36. Julie @ NaClKitchen December 6, 2012 at 10:19 am #
    Can I come over for your superbowl party? ;)
  37. Kevin (Closet Cooking) December 7, 2012 at 8:43 am #
    Those chicken nachos are looking so good!
  38. Ardex Cd Fine Concrete Dressing December 8, 2012 at 9:02 am #
    HELLO!!! FABULOUS! Always looking for a recipe that gives the chicken real flavor... not taco seasoned flavor! Thanks!
  39. Tracey @ Cooking with Love December 8, 2012 at 10:40 am #
    This is right up my alley! Looks wonderful!! :)
  40. CJ December 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm #
    Yum - would be great over greens for a Chicken Taco Salad I'll bet,
  41. Amanda December 11, 2012 at 4:10 am #
    I made these for my family last night. The smell was amazing! I couldn't keep the boys away, they just wanted to nuzzle their faces into the crock pot. Now I'm dreaming about the leftovers (I made extra just in case) maybe baked potatoes?
  42. Mandy January 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm #
    I realize I'm a little late to the party, but I had to express my gratitude for this DELICIOUS recipe! I made this for my family tonight -- just made them into tostada's instead of nachos -- and it was a huge hit!! My husband (who is the real chef in the family) said they were the best tostada's ever! Yay Me -- oops -- I mean Yay BEV! The only down-side is, I didn't double the recipe, like I will for sure do next time. I need leftovers of this deliciousness. I have bookmarked your blog and will be back, without question. :) And, the icing on the cake? Parenthood season finale tonight! Get your kleenex ready ladies! Love those Braverman's....
  43. Lu February 2, 2013 at 11:05 am #
    YUMMM!!!!! Definitely making this!!
  44. Nikki March 1, 2015 at 9:47 pm #
    Made this tonight for dinner....amaaazing! Definitely one of my new favorites and lots of leftovers for the freezer! Used Chipotle peppers in place of the roasted red pepper and doubled the recipe! Yummm
  45. Sandi July 19, 2021 at 3:53 pm #
    Absolutely the best!!


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