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Crunchy tortilla chips topped with buffalo chicken, homemade cheese sauce and your favorite toppings. It’s a perfect game day snack!

sheet pan full of buffalo chicken nachos with white cheese sauce and jalapenos

     Buffalo chicken recipes are some of our favorites and these nachos are no exception. Get the chicken cooking so you can dig in by game time! You and your guests are going to be clamoring for more.

    It’s that time of year again, the time when my brain starts thinking about hot wings, pulled pork, nachos and chili.  The big game is right around the corner and I am struggling to pick a menu.

shredded buffalo chicken in instant pot.

      I could go easy and pull out the hot dog roller.  A nacho bar sounds great.  Pulled pork on Hawaiian rolls is always good, but we did that last year.

   We went a little overboard on the menu last year, so my main goal is to make a more reasonable amount of food.  We’ll see if that happens 😉

whisk with strings of cheese from white cheese sauce.

    We had a few people over to watch the Steelers game on Saturday.  What a spectacle.  I am glad to see my team move on, but frustrated at the cost.

    Talk about a nail-biter at the end.  Hopefully next week will be less of a roller-coaster.  

Either way, there will be good snacks.  Like this one, combining two of my all-time favorite game foods.

plate of buffalo chicken nachos with avocado sour cream.

     It has the spice of buffalo chicken, a creamy delicious homemade nacho cheese sauce, crunchy chips and a little extra pop from jalapenos.  Mmmmm.

    We topped ours with some avocado and sour cream for good measure.  Bleu cheese and green onions would have been great too, but I didn’t care enough to venture out in the cold and ice to get them.  It was great without them, but would be even better with!

plate of buffalo chicken nachos with jalapenos.

More fun buffalo chicken recipes:

How to make avocado sour cream dip:

  • Mash and avocado until mostly smooth.
  • Stir in 1/4-1/2 cup of sour cream (a sprinkle of ranch seasoning would be great too!)
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Dive in with buffalo chicken nachos to your heart’s content! 
Yield: 10 Servings

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Sheet pan filled with buffalo chicken nachos topped with white cheese sauce and jalapenos.

Crunchy tortilla chips topped with buffalo chicken, homemade cheese sauce and your favorite toppings. It’s a perfect game day snack!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 oz bag tortilla chips
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup Buffalo sauce
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 8 oz Pepper Jack cheese (though white cheddar or Monterey jack would be good too)
  • Optional toppings: sliced jalapenos, avocado, sour cream, bleu cheese, green onions, cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Toss shredded chicken and Buffalo sauce.  If it seems too wet, cook it for a few minutes until the moisture content is down. You don’t want soggy chips.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and allow to cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Slowly add milk, whisking the mixture as it is added. Continue to cook, stirring frequently until it starts to thicken.
  5. Stir in cheese and continue to cook until just melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
  6. Spread the chips in a large skillet or on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  7. Sprinkled with the Buffalo chicken mixture, then drizzle with the cheese sauce.
  8. Add jalapeno slices if desired.
  9. Place in the hot oven for 5-10 minutes. You don’t want to brown it too much, just get everything extra toasty and the cheese should start to bubble slightly.
  10. Top with desired extras and enjoy while hot!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 903mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 17g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Crunchy tortilla chips topped with buffalo chicken, homemade cheese sauce and your favorite toppings. It’s a perfect game day snack!

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Katie

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

Ooo these look so yummy Carlee - my husband and I love nachos, excellent idea going Buffalo style of course ;). Pinning and sharing!

Carlee

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

Thank you! Nachos and Buffalo sauce are two of my favorite savory guilty pleasures!

Marie | DIY Adulation

Wednesday 20th of January 2016

Yay! I absolutely love nachos (although I've never tried tossing avocado on, can't wait to try that)! Thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday!

Carlee

Thursday 21st of January 2016

I think the avocado adds that extra little creaminess (and of course deliciousness!) Thanks for stopping by!

Carlee

Monday 18th of January 2016

They were a fun treat combining our favorites! Thanks again!

Michelle

Monday 18th of January 2016

I have a hard time turning down buffalo chicken anything! These are perfect for game day!

Carlee

Monday 18th of January 2016

Me too! Especially when it makes it even easier to eat than an actual wing!

Unknown

Sunday 17th of January 2016

Carlee, I am a nacho junkie, any and all types of nachos! Since I'm gluten free this is something I can whip up quick add salsa and guacamole and it's a treat. When I want comfort food this is what I whip up! I also love wings. So this is a match made in heaven. Great for game day, but I don't think I'll be able to wait, these are getting made! LOL Pinning!

Carlee

Sunday 17th of January 2016

Ha! There are playoff games on today, so go ahead and make it! Do you just use cornstarch instead of flour to make a roux then?

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