platter of healthy nachos with chicken made in a crock pot
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Crock Pot Healthy Nachos

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Crock Pot Healthy Nachos—Loaded with juicy chicken, cheese, beans, avocado, and any of your favorite toppings. Perfect appetizer or easy weeknight meal!

Ingredients

For the crock pot chicken:

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 3/4 cup salsa verde — choose mild, medium or spicy, depending upon your heat preference—I used medium
  • 1 small poblano pepper — seeded and diced (optional for extra heat)
  • 1 tablespoon  ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 can low sodium pinto beans, — (14.5 ounces) rinsed and drained

For the baked tortilla chips:

  • yellow corn tortillas
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For topping:

  • 6 ounces Sargento 4 Cheese Mexican Blend
  • Other desired nacho fixin's: chopped green onions, — sliced black olives, sliced jalapenos, cilantro, diced avocados, diced fresh tomatoes, sour cream

Instructions

  1. In a 4-quart or larger slow cooker, place the chicken thighs, then sprinkle with cumin, chipotle chili pepper, oregano, garlic, and salt. Add the poblano (if using), then pour the salsa verde over the top. Coved and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 5-6 hours, until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  2. Once the chicken is tender, use two forks to shred it in the slow cooker. Stir in the pinto beans. Cover and let cook on high for 30 minutes to warm the beans while you prepare the tortilla chips.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Cut each tortilla into 6 wedges, then arrange in a single layer on two ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 6 minutes, then with tongs (or quickly and carefully with your fingers), flip and sprinkle with salt. Rotate the pans between the top and bottom racks, then bake the chips an additional 6 to 9 minutes, until they are just beginning to turn golden. Remove from the oven and let cool. Turn the oven to broil.
  4. Arrange the cooled tortilla chips on an oven-proof serving platter or pile all of them onto a single baking sheet. Spoon the chicken and bean mixture over the chips. Sprinkle with cheese, then place under the broiler for a few minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven, then sprinkle with any additional desired nacho toppings. Enjoy immediately.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Crock Pot Healthy Nachos, Easy Crock Pot Recipe, Healthy Mexican Food Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 6) with cheese but without optional toppings, as the nutritional content will vary based on what you choose) — Calories: 302, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 629mg, Carbohydrates: 22g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 2g

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