alright friends, i get it: chicken tikka masala nachos might sound a little weird. also? they. are. delicious. please don’t knock ‘em ‘til you’ve tried ‘em.
i *did* promise you a fun recipe to use up the slow cooker chicken tikka masala and what’s more fun than nachos?! chips + cheese is a good foundation for so many things and in this case, we layer on leftover chicken tikka masala, scallions, and cilantro and suddenly have an easy, tasty snack (or dinner, i’m not judging) that will keep you full for quite a while (thank you, protein and fat).
i honestly don’t remember how i first came up with the idea for these nachos. it was a while ago and i was excited about it in theory, but didn’t have a masala sauce that i was excited about sharing with you at that time. in fact, in my recipe ideas notes, i have a comment that “i am not telling people to open a jar (of premade masala sauce)”.
so, it took a minute for these chicken tikka masala nachos to come to fruition. but now that we have our slow cooker chicken tikka masala that makes 6 servings, there’s a good chance that we have some extra chicken tikka masala begging to be combined with crispy chips and melty monterey jack cheese.
and while we’re talking about chips, can i just take a moment to gush about my absolute favorites of all time? the first time i tried xochitl’s totopos de maiz (tortilla chips), i knew i had finally found a chip that helped me understand what all the fuss about chips is about.
these chips are really thin and crispy, which i love, but if you like those thick, circular dipping/scooping-type chips, you might not love these. i love them precisely because they are *not* thick. but they do tend to break when scooping up a big chunk of guacamole. no matter.
they really won my heart by offering a no salt version that is delicious and full of corn flavor, which is pretty impressive, especially for something without the flavor enhancing properties of salt. they’re also gluten free, non-gmo certified, and don’t get fried in hydrogenated oil so, you know, if you’re going to eat chips…
ok, i think that’s enough love for chips, but it seemed relevant. if we’re going to make chicken tikka masala nachos, we don’t want to mess around with inferior chips. especially not if we’re going to pass nachos off as dinner…
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