Simple, easy, and delicious, these loaded nachos offer the crunch and taste you’re craving when you’re missing your favorite Cantina.
The dish comes together in less than 20 minutes thanks to the convenience of canned foods. You probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen.
And how’s this for a bonus? Fewer dishes to clean as you prep and eat off one tray – and enjoy family style!
Canned foods have been offering comfort and support during these times of stress and uncertainty. That’s why I’m excited to partner with Cans Get You Cooking in this sponsored recipe post sharing how I enjoy #CansForComfort
Cans for Comfort
I appreciate that cans offer a lot of value – they’re easy, versatile, affordable and shelf-stable. I stock up when I shop since I’m making fewer grocery trips. I worry less about what to make at mealtime because I have so many quick and nutrient-rich options, like tomato sauce, black beans, chickpeas, corn, tuna fish and more!
With a 7 and 5-year-old at home, I have turned dinner into a science, math, and practical life lesson. Cooking with cans cuts down prep time and it has been a meaningful way for me to bond with my kids and make memories I will cherish.
I hope you like this recipe as much as my family! Be sure to read on for more “comfort food” tips.
How to Make My “Kitchen Sink” Nachos
The first time I made these loaded nachos my husband said “wow, these have everything but the kitchen sink!” and the name stuck with us.
- Tortilla chips (12 ounces) or enough to make a single layer on your sheet pan of choice.
- Shredded cheese (8 ounces) Mexican-style.
- 1 can diced tomatoes, drained.
- 1 can chicken, drained.
- 1 can (7 ounces) diced green chilis, drained.
- 1 can (6 ounces) sliced black olives, drained.
- 1 can (15 ounces) black beans or pinto beans, drained.
- 1 can (11 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained.
- Optional topping suggestions: sour cream, cilantro, hot sauce, shredded lettuce.
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the chicken, diced green chilis, diced tomatoes, and half (4 ounces) of the shredded cheese. Let stand 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, layer the tortilla chips on a large baking tray or 9X13 baking dish.
- Place a hearty layer of the chicken mixture on the tortilla chips covering as many as possible.
- Sprinkle layers of black beans, corn, and olives to your liking.
- Top with remaining (4 ounces) shredded cheese.
- Place in pre-heated 325 degree oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or the cheese is melted and ingredients heated through.
- Serve with your favorite additional toppings like finely shredded lettuce, sour cream, and cilantro.
Comfort Food with Kids
This recipe is perfect for a movie night or anytime your family is wanting a tasty meal with lots of flavor and crunch.
My girls are expanding their palette for “spice” and we find the diced green chilis to be mild for them. If you have littles, you can always use fewer green chilis or omit them from the recipe. Experiment and enjoy!
Grow Kids’ Taste Buds with Nutrient-Rich Canned Foods
I have found giving my kids regular chances to try new foods and flavors has helped them develop their palette. While they don’t love every food I offer, they usually go for my canned food suggestions like canned peaches, pears, garbanzo beans, and tuna fish – to name a few!
I also feel good knowing that kids and adults who use six or more canned foods per week are more likely to have diets higher in 17 essential nutrients, including potassium, calcium, and fiber* – these are nutrients Americans lack, too. Bridging the gap with canned foods seems like an easy “win” to me.
Are You Craving Comfort Food Too?
My hand is raised sky high for the comfort food cravings and I don’t feel an ounce of guilt about it. Craving “comfort food” is normal and helpful in feeling more calm, relaxed, and peaceful. It’s almost like saying “I need a hug” and the moment when you’re bonding with your family or Zooming a dinner with friends, you feel hugged back.
Leave a comment letting me know what you’ve been craving and your favorite easy, delicious dishes from your kitchen.
* Comerford, K. B. (2015). Frequent Canned Food Use is Positively Associated with Nutrient-Dense Food Group Consumption and Higher Nutrient Intakes in US Children and Adults. Nutrients, 7(7), 5586–5600. http://doi.org/10.3390/nu7075240
Freedman MR, Fulgoni VL 3rd. Canned Vegetable and Fruit Consumption Is Associated with Changes in Nutrient Intake and Higher Diet Quality in Children and Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2010. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016 Jun;116(6):940-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2015.10.013. Epub 2015 Nov 24. PubMed PMID: 26617186.