chicken nachos | designlovefest

nachos are a serious comfort food, they’re great for nights in alone (no judgement if you eat them all) but they’re also excellent for a group. one thing i don’t like about nachos is that all of the toppings and cheese are generally at the top and once you hit the middle it’s just plain chips. so we made these in layers and it worked like a charm. if you feel like putting in the effort you could also stick each layer under the broiler for a minute or two, before adding more layers but that’s totally optional and just ensures that all of cheese is melted!  – joanie

chicken nachos | designlovefest
chicken nachos | designlovefest

ivan whipped up this watermelon cucumber drink that was so refreshing and the perfect thing to serve along side (it would also be great with a heavy pour of gin or tequila)!

chicken nachos | designlovefest

chicken nachos!
makes 6 servings 

• 1 can black beans
• 1 can corn (we roasted ours in a pan with a little butter)
• 1 bag of corn chips
• sour cream
• 1 large avocado
•  bag of shredded Mexican cheese blend
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
• hot sauce to taste
• canned jalapeños to taste
• 2 chicken breasts cooked

chicken nachos | designlovefest
chicken nachos | designlovefest

how to make the salsa: 
• 2 ripe tomatoes chopped
• 1 quarter yellow onion chopped
• 1 small bushel of cilantro chopped
• 1 lime squeezed
• salt and pepper to taste

– Place all the ingredients for the salsa in a medium sized bowl and mix together. salt and pepper to taste.

chicken nachos | designlovefest
chicken nachos | designlovefest
chicken nachos | designlovefest
chicken nachos | designlovefest

– In a casserole dish place a bottom layer of chips evenly, then disperse a layer of cheese, corn, chicken, jalapeños and black beans. you can put in the broiler for a minute or two before repeating the layers but this is an optional step. repeat the process until you have about three (or four!) layers. Add lots of cheese on top and place the whole tray under the broiler for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Once you remove top with sour cream, avocado slices, hot sauce and salsa. serve immediately!

watermelon cooler | designlovefest
watermelon cooler | designlovefest

watermelon cooler:

• half a large watermelon
• 1 large cucumber peeled
• 2 limes squeezed
• 1 cup water
• mint as garnish

chicken nachos | designlovefest

-In a blender place 1 cup of water. blend 1 cucumber peeled with half a watermelon and the 2 squeezed limes. Strain the liquid in a large pitcher and chill in the refrigerator or serve over ice. we garnished ours with mint and cucumber slices.

watermelon cooler | designlovefest

chicken nachos | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack
photos by: 
ivan solis



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    Aileen says:

    Oh man, if only I could eat that right now! Looks like I’ll need to go to the grocery store :o)

    Nikki says:

    Cant decide what looks more amazing, the nachos or the watermelon cooler! I actually used watermelon to make a drink last night for the first time, and it was so incredibly delicious and refreshing that I am running to the grocery store today to buy massive amounts of watermelon to freeze and have on hand all summer!


    Kristie says:

    Everything looks yummy! But those watermelon, cucumber drinks are calling my name!


    Aimee says:

    This just shot to the top of my need-to-make-asap list! I usually throw salsa on top of mine and it makes the chips soggy, so I think your combo of fresh (and more dry) ingredients is the perfect solution!


    Oh my god, I need this right now. It looks delicious! I love advocate and I try eat it every time I can. This is a good option! xx


    Charlotte says:

    These look delicious! Will definitely be making the nachos in the near future!

    Charlotte xx – http://www.charlottesophiaroberts.co.uk

    Officially drooling!

    Susan Onigbinde says:

    Definitely a must try! #yum!

    Diane says:

    I love your photos! Everything looks so delicious!

    Stacey says:

    Do ya’ll ever have job openings?! You seem like such a fun bunch to work with!

    this all looks amazing! can’t wait to try it.

    Sarah says:

    Yes! This combination sounds like perfection.

    XO – Sarah

    Melanie says:


    Hello Sunday Dinner!

    Lianna Parker says:

    Made the nachos and grilled each layer.
    Guacamole and salsa. Thank goodness i made too much; we have left overs for tomorrow.
    I tried the water melon drink too – with gin.
    All very very good ….

    We made this delicious drink at our beach vacation last week. It was such a hit, I sent out a link to it in my newsletter to subscribers. Will be making it again!

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