Grilled Chicken Nachos (BBQ Chicken Nachos & Mexican Nachos)

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Grilled Chicken Nachos are a delicious and fun way to use your grill, even in the chillier months. Piled high with cheese and favorite toppings, the grilled smokey flavor will really surprise you! Choose from 2 flavors: BBQ Chicken Nachos or Mexican Nachos.

picking up a nacho from a sheet pan

Grilled Chicken Nachos

BBQ Chicken Nachos or Mexican Nachos? Luckily you don’t have to choose, because today we’re making BOTH flavors of these grilled chicken nachos!

These Grilled Nachos are fun for the whole family to make together. There’s something so cozy about grilling hot food outside in the chilly fall air, the smoky smell permeating the backyard. The grill gives the chips an extra crispy texture and the cheese bubbles and melts beautifully on top.

We’re making two delicious flavors of these nachos: BBQ Chicken Nachos and Mexican Nachos! Choose your favorite, make both, or come up with your own flavor combo.

The key to perfect nachos is doing a double layer of chips, cheese and toppings. They’ll turn out crispy and cheesy every time!

bowls filled with chips and shredded chicken

bowls filled with nacho toppings

sheet pan of tortilla chips topped with shredded cheese

Grilled Nachos Toppings

Once you have your base of chips, cheese and shredded cooked chicken, the sky’s the limit when it comes to toppings for these grilled chicken nachos. My family loves traditional Mexican toppings, and I’m a fan of barbecue flavors. So here are some ideas for a couple of our favorite flavors.

BBQ Chicken Nachos

  • Shredded queso
  • BBQ sauce
  • Cilantro
  • Caramelized onions

Mexican Nachos

  • Mexican blend cheese
  • Black beans
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Caramelized onions
  • Taco seasoning

How to Make Grilled Chicken Nachos on an Outdoor Grill

Making Chicken Nachos on the grill is super easy and only takes about ten minutes. They make the most delicious game day appetizers or a quick and fun weekend lunch or dinner. Some quick tips for perfect Grilled Chicken Nachos:

  1. Avoid putting the nachos over a direct flame.
  2. Place hot coals on the far side of the grill. This will help not to burn the chips.
  3. Grill about ten minutes, turning the tray once to get both sides nice and toasty.
  4. When you remove the tray from the grill, use a spatula to cut and serve up as much as you like.

sheet pan with two flavors of grilled nachos

close up on grilled chicken nachos

Can I Make Grilled Nachos Inside?

Yes! If you don’t have an outdoor grill or just want to make them inside, you can use the broiler in your oven or on a stove top grill. They’ll taste delicious this way too!

When should I serve these grilled chicken nachos?

This recipe is perfect for so many occasions! Nachos are one of my favorite Superbowl Appetizers, and they’re a must for Cinco de Mayo. Serve these on any game day, at a summer BBQ, on Taco Night, or any time you need a fun dinner.

nachos topped with chicken, beans, cilantro, and more

chicken nachos piled with beans, tomatoes, and more

Easy Nacho Recipes

The brilliant thing about nachos are how versatile they are! You can dress up chips and cheese a million different ways. Here are a few of our favorites:

pulling a nacho from the tray

This grilled nachos recipe is so much fun! Gather your loved ones and use your imagination to make the world’s best nachos. Choose from BBQ Chicken Nachos, Mexican Nachos, or come up with your own flavor combo. Happy grilling! Be sure to try these Homemade Beef Mexican Pizzas too.

See the recipe card for details on how to make Grilled Chicken Nachos. Enjoy!

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