Monday, March 9, 2015

Family Nacho Night with Pizza Nachos and Italian Nachos

So here's the thing about my Family Nacho Night--it's easy, fast, and fun.  The other night I wanted to do something cool with my kidlets.  My Man had to work late and sometimes dinner can feel kinda boring when he's missing.  So I decided to switch it up and have a NACHO BAR!  Oh, the possibilities are endless my friends . . . 

The best part about a nacho bar for dinner is that you can use all your little leftovers in the fridge.  Chop 'em up and just put it out there--you never know what your kidlets will put together.  AND PLEASE NOTICE these are pics of our real set up.  I'm sorry, but I don't have cute labels out for every different topping and no party goods to match (*wink wink).  Just a real family having real dinner.

We used that big 'ol bag of chips from Costco.

And then the kidlets created their nachos how they wanted.  It's a "Build Your Own Dinner" (BYOD).  They loved making the choices and then just popping it in the microwave to melt the cheese.  I told them they had to at least have 1-2 veggies on their plate, but other than that they could choose. (Hey, it's dinner and how can I be a true mom if I don't bug my kids about eating vegetables)   

We came up with 2 favorite kinds of nachos.  The ingredients are very similar, so it's simple to make both kinds in one night:


Pizza Nachos

1-2 cups marinara sauce or red pizza sauce
1 cup black olives, sliced
1/2 cup bell peppers, chopped
3/4 cup pepperoni, cut into quarters (we use turkey pepperoni--it's healthier and so good!)
1/2 cup pre-cooked breakfast sausage, sliced (we use turkey sausage--again tasty and healthier)
1 cup cheese, shredded
2-4 cups of corn tortilla chips

Add toppings as desired and microwave until cheese is melted (about 1-2 mins, depending on microwave).

Our other favorite was a quick version of those Italian nachos you see at restaurants (like Carino's).  They use almost the same ingredients as the Pizza Nachos, with just a few changes.  So no need to chop a bunch of extra ingredients.


Italian Nachos

1-2 cups of Alfredo Sauce 
(I used store bought this time, but you can try my Homemade Alfredo Sauce if you want)

1-2 cups cooked, diced, and seasoned chicken breast 
(leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken works well here)

1 cup tomatoes, diced
1 cup olives, sliced
1/2 cup jalapenos, chopped -- don't leave these out if you can help it--they make it sooo good!
1-2 cups cheese
2-4 cups corn tortilla chips

Add toppings as desired to chips and microwave until cheese is melted (about 1-2 mins, depending on microwave).

And at the end we even tried a plate of nachos with EVERY TOPPING on it--including both sauces.  Yeah, it was yummy too.

So, I hope this inspires you to give a boring dinner a little pizzazz and have a fun time with your family this week.  Just chat and relax over a big plate of nachos.  

Make it a meaningful day!

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  1. My husband works late two nights a week and I agree, dinner just isn't the same without dad. I love this idea of doing a nacho bar on those nights; and I'm sure my boys will love it too! Those pizza nachos look amazing!!

  2. This is a great idea for those nights when I realize it's 6:00 and I have no dinner in progress or even planned yet. That will probably happen tomorrow, so I pinned it. Thanks!

    1. Lol! Yes this happens to me at least twice a week. It's a fun and easy dinner. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I love nachos! What a fun idea to make them with alfredo!

  4. It is a great idea: `byod'! The family table is turned into a great experimenting place and we have a lot of fun with the kids. Thanks, Edward from Amsterdam.


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